Pastor’s Lesson for the Week
Choose Your Advisors Wisely: The Warning of Rehoboam
2nd Chronicles 10:9-10: So he said to them, “what counsel do you give that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?” The young men who grew up with him spoke to him, saying, “thus you shall say to the people who spoke to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter for us.’ Thus you shall say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins! ‘Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.’”
The above scripture is an interesting tale about choosing who you get your advice from and a warning to not listen to poor advice. The king in question here who is being asked by the Israelite people for a lighter workload is a guy named Rehoboam. The reason most people will remember his name is not for his great national policy, but rather because he was the son of king Solomon, the son of David. David, Rehoboam’s grandpa, was an excellent king who was known as a man after God’s own heart. Solomon, Rehoboam’s dad, was also a great king and was known as the wisest man who ever lived. Rehoboam though… under his watch and his above described decision to listen to poor counselors, he allowed the Israelite kingdom to crumble into two. (Read all of 2nd Chronicles 10 for the full story.) While this was prophesied during Solomon’s time, it was fully Rehoboam’s fault that the nation of Israel was split into the northern and southern kingdoms. The wise advisors from his father’s time stated rightly on how Rehoboam should have acted, but instead in a foolish manner he listened to people who had no business in helping him lead. Ultimately Rehoboam listened to the wrong crowd, and he and his people paid dearly for it.
So what does this have to do with us? Well in our day and age we too often are tempted to listen to folks who are giving us poor advice. The classic example would be teenagers being influenced by peer pressure, but all of us could probably sight examples of people around us pushing us in bad directions. (Bad investments, bad job advice, bad relationship advice, etc.) We should be aware that who we associate with has an impact on our plans and identities. I am not suggesting that we only hangout with Christians (that is foolish in its own right), but I am suggesting that we be aware about where we get our information. In 2020 it is obvious to us that the world is a divided place. Every network, politician, and even theologian has their own spin they place on issues. Instead of relying upon talking heads or people with letters behind their names for answers as the end all be all, we should first begin where all Christian thought should start… with scripture and prayer. What does the Bible say, what does the Lord say, what is going to show love to our Lord and our neighbors? When we encounter a question or a fork in the road this is where we should start. Perhaps if Rehoboam would have meditated in prayer and scriptural study he would have responded much better to the advice he was given. Perhaps for us we can continue to serve the Lord well and grow as Christians by seeking out the Lord first, and thereby steer clear of the craziness that this world seeks.
In other words, go and pray and read your Bible when you are faced with decisions of importance. God’s advice is as good as it gets!
Many blessings on you,
Congregations of faith
Our youth programs help teens learn to navigate those toughest of years.
Our Mission Statement:
To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world
Faith Village Sunday School
KUMC is located just
three blocks west of the Kasson Pool
at 801 5th Ave NW, Kasson MN 55944
You can access all Worship Services by clicking on the Facebook icon above - you DO NOT need to have a Facebook account in order to view these services - simply clicking on the Facebook icon above, once you are on the Kasson United Methodist Church facebook page, locate the word "videos" on the left hand side of the page. click on this word and all of the videos that have been saved will come up. Click on the video you want to watch - "LIVE" or saved - and enjoy Pastor Jake's message.
Our outreach programs help us bring the gospels to life every month.
Services will be broadcast through Facebook LIVE and printed copies of the sermon for each service will be available on line as usual.
(Just click on the Facebook icon above and then Videos on left side menu)
Services will be available at the following times:
Pastor Jake Hanson
Fifth Sundays Congregations worship together