2 Chronicles 10:8 – Older Counsel

Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 8:11‐10:19, Romans 8:9‐21, Psalm 18:16‐36, Proverbs 19:26

2 Chronicles 10:8 But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him.

Context: The people have asked Rehoboam to “lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke on us.”  Rehoboam seeks counsel with the older men first and he is told to listen to their words.  Following this verse, he listens to the counsel of younger men.  He tells the people “…My little finger is thicker than my father’s thighs. And now, whereas my father laid on you a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.”

It is important to listen to the counsel of men who have gained wisdom with age.

Apply: I want to be diligent to seek the counsel of men older and more experienced than me throughout my life.

Where do you find the counsel of older men or women?


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