2 Chronicles 10:7;11;18
7: And they spoke to hi, saying "If you are kind to these people, and please them, and speak god words to the, the will be your servants forever."
11: And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you. I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips but I will chastise you with scourges!"
18: Then King Rehoboam sent hadoram, who was in charge of revenue; but the children of israel stoned him with stones, and he died. Therefore King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Jerusalem.
When Solomon was laid to rest, his son Rehoboam reigned in his father’s place; during this time, Jeroboam who fled from King Solomon, returned to partner with the Israelites to ask a relief for their work/labor to be reduced that was established by King Solomon. Rehoboam advised them to come back in 3 days, and he’ll provide an answer. In order to provide an answer, he received advice from the elders who then advised Rehoboam, “If you are kind to these people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be your servants forever.” Wow, this is the same method that businesses, schools, and organizations use as strategy for business rapport. In this scripture we, as a people today, would be receptive to this method and heed to it. Especially if we see the fruitful results from other companies, testimonials, and feedback from employees/or the people that has been proven to work. Instead, Rehoboam wanted another opinion so he spoke to the young men that have grown up with him and they advised him to say to the Israelites, “My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist! And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!” Instead of taking the advice of the elders, he had taken advice of the young men.
Rehoboam took their advice and conveyed this information to the Israelites. Due to him adhering to their opinion caused a sudden death of Hadoram, who was in charge of revenue, by the Israelites, and caused Rehoboam to flee to Jerusalem out of the father’s land of Judah.
This scripture is very important because it shows us two things:
· If we don’t seek the right advice and use it then it could lead to destruction.
· If we ask the wrong person for advice, and use it, it can lead to destruction.
Typically the reason it’s important to listen to our elders is because they’ve been around the block and gained wisdom from past experiences in the field in order to understand the trends of industry and how to handle them today. On the other hand, a young generation may not have as much experience to handle unpredictable circumstances and people’s lives, so it may not work in a favorable situation. There may be some disagreements from the previous sentence; however, there is always room for receiving stories and advice from a people that lived longer than our younger generation. According to the website, www.thegreenparent.co.uk , there is an article written by Lucy Corkhill, titled Reach out to the Elderly, and she writes 5 great points on how to connect with them. The fifth point was to listen. Corkhill states, ”Everyone has a story to tell,” Corkhill then writes, “When I did care work, I was always amazed at the incredible stories people shared about their lives. They made me think of fantastic books forgotten on a dusty shelf: because we live in a culture that doesn’t make time for the stories and memories of our elders we miss out on a huge resource of learning and awareness.” That awareness may be the key to unlock unbelievable possibilities. In addition, it could spark something significant inside of a people that could change lives forever for the good. Just think if Rehoboam listened to the elders, Horadom would have been alive, the Israelites would have been more productive and happy, greater cities would have been built, and he would have never had to flee Judah. In this case, look at where the advice is coming from and how can it be beneficial in a current circumstance, and look at if it causes someone to run or someone to prevail.
In life, it’s encouraged to listen to our elders because they have the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, history and experience. They will lead a people in the correct direction because they want to see the new generation succeed further than them. Also, they want to ensure the young has the tools and the resources needed to survive in case the older generation is no longer around. The torch is constantly passing.
Don’t be afraid to listen to elders; for wisdom speaks!