There’s the phrase and truth that squeezing a handful of sand won’t hold on to it, but it will be lost. If you hold your palm out and open, you will hold more sand. Don’t be evil, greedy, or you will lose it all.
That’s what happened with the split of the Kingdom of Israel. Rehoboam, son of Solomon, squeezed his fist, tightened the reign of hardships into further evil ways, and lost sands of people, they were scattered and split. North and South Kingdoms.
Solomon and his father David were blessed by the Lord, even if their paths were sometimes rocky in walking. On the flipside to the wisdom held by Solomon, the son of Solomon, Rehoboam, consulted others in a wishy washy way – rejecting good advice and taking bad – “My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.’”
And because Rehoboam was gaining in more evil of influences, which actually was allowed by God to fulfill prophecy, Rehoboam was rejected by the people who were supposed to be his subjects. This began the split of the Kingdom for centuries. The Kingdom of the South, in Judah, was made from the remnants of Solomon and David’s lines. The North was ruled by many kings. It was considered a time of Exile.
Yes, there has been strife for the Israelites ever since. Yet God kept the Way clear for the people by rebuilding hope from a remnant of Judah, a Light in the darkness, and Heavenly Kingdom restoration by sending Jesus. Jesus opened His Hand for reaching us. If Abraham’s children became as numerous as grains of sands, then Jesus is our Sand Sculptor, refilling the Kingdom of God. Judah was in the prophecy from where God would rebuild His House. We are blessed to be sitting in the Palm of His Hand.
Jesus as the Word was/is the Way people would learn prophecy. Jesus as the Word made flesh was/is how people would understand that He came to fulfill prophecy. Jesus as Servant, Shepherd, Son, and Savior, serves us all. He takes on the yoke of the heavy weight on us all.
Rehoboam sent the people away for 3 days then punished them, making the yoke tighter. Jesus went away for 3 days to take our punishment away, making our yoke light. Jesus is our Save.
Squeeze the fist, lose the sand…
Open the Kingdom, save the people.
2 Chronicles 10-12
Israel Rebels Against Rehoboam
Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone there to make him king. When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard this (he was in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), he returned from Egypt. So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and all Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him: “Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.”
Rehoboam answered, “Come back to me in three days.” So the people went away.
Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked.
They replied, “If you will be kind to these people and please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.”
But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?”
The young men who had grown up with him replied, “The people have said to you, ‘Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter.’ Now tell them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.’”
Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, “Come back to me in three days.” The king answered them harshly. Rejecting the advice of the elders, 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.” So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from God, to fulfill the word the Lord had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light