Pay attention and obey!
1Kings 12-14 / Acts 27-28
12:8-15 But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and who were now his advisers. “What is your advice?” he asked them. “How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?” The young men replied, “This is what you should tell those complainers: My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist–if you think he was hard on you, just wait and see what I’ll be like! Yes, my father was harsh on you, but I’ll be even harsher! My father used whips on you, but I’ll use scorpions!” Three days later, Jeroboam and all the people returned to hear Rehoboam’s decision, just as the king had requested. But Rehoboam spoke harshly to them, for he rejected the advice of the older counselors and followed the counsel of his younger advisers. He told the people, “My father was harsh on you, but I’ll be even harsher! My father used whips on you, but I’ll use scorpions!” So the king paid no attention to the people’s demands. This turn of events was the will of the LORD, for it fulfilled the LORD’s message to Jeroboam son of Nebat through the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh.
27:10-11 “Sirs,” he said, “I believe there is trouble ahead if we go on–shipwreck, loss of cargo, injuries, and danger to our lives.” But the officer in charge of the prisoners listened more to the ship’s captain and the owner than to Paul.
:21-25 No one had eaten for a long time. Finally, Paul called the crew together and said, “Men, you should have listened to me in the first place and not left Fair Havens. You would have avoided all this injury and loss. But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, and he said, “Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you. So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said. But we will be shipwrecked on an island.”
OT Flash Points
Rehoboam examples what happens when a young man listens only to his contemporaries and not to seasoned wisdom… evil, only rivaled by Jeroboam
When God speaks, don’t listen to any message that is contrary
NT Flash Points
Paul, in contrast to Jeroboam, trusted the LORD’s words and acted on them
When God gives instructions, believe them and hold fast to them
True seeker sensitivity is with eternity in view and boldly proclaiming the Messiah and His Spirit’s work, which is contrasting sin and righteousness in light of coming judgment
• God first.
Trust God’s grace – not human beings.
• God’s needs first
Don’t go off meeting God’s agenda outside until you’ve met His needs inside
– study to get rightly related to God’s needs
• God’s trust first
He entrusts Himself to me as a Babe – to grow
To grow His Son in me
God’s trust/investment in us