June 12, 2019: SOAP #3478:   1Kings 12; 2Chronicles 10,11; Philippians 2 Scripture:  1Kings (NIV) 12:13 The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders, 14 he followed the advice of the young men and said, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged […]

June 12, 2019: SOAP #3478:   1Kings 12; 2Chronicles 10,11; Philippians 2

Scripture:  1Kings (NIV) 12:13 The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders, 14 he followed the advice of the young men and said, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.”

Observation:   Thepeople had come to King Rehoboam with a valid request.  They had been overworked by his father KingSolomon; they requested relief.  KingRehoboam asked them to return for his answer in three days during which he soughtcounsel.  The elders advised him to servethe people and acknowledge their complaint. Give them the relief they desired. Then the new king rejected their counsel and listened to the youngercounselors. 

How foolish I say, until I read the next verse: 15 So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events wasfrom the LORD, to fulfil the word the LORD had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebatthrough Ahijah the Shilonite. (Note 1Kings 11:29-39).  God's hand was bringing judgment!  

Application: And, so it is in the USA today.  The political party in control of the Houseof Representatives is so taken up with a desire to impeach our president, thatthey have no time to deal with our southern border where millions of illegal aliensare surging into our country.  Theirconfusion is of the Lord who has promised to bring one illegal alien into ourcountry for every child we have aborted. Let us pray for our president to truly understand what is happening,call our nation to repentance and prayer, and work to develop these illegalimmigrants into the army of workers and taxpayers our aborted children should havebeen. 

Prayer:Heavenly Father, as your hand of judgment is upon our nation, give us heartswilling to acknowledge our sins and repent. Give us leaders who understand what you are doing.  As you have given our president favor inother nations, so give him favor in our nation. Holy Spirit, for those who reads this SOAP, use each one to win oneillegal alien to you.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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