Solomon had died. His son Rehoboam was crowned King of Israel in his place. And the people cried out to their new king... asking that he not be as harsh as Solomon was in his last days.
So Solomon's advisors give Rehoboam this advice...
Be a servant.
Respond to them with kind words.
Then they will be your servants forever.
Be a servant to others.
That sure seems like strange advice for a king, huh? But I can think of a King who did just that. These advisors must have had the heart of God.
Unfortunately, Rehoboam didn't follow their advice. In fact, he promised to be harder on them than his father. And the kingdom was taken from him.
But we have a King who served us first.
came through humble beginnings.
Spent his years of ministry homeless,
traveled about experiencing humanity.
He left the magnificence of heaven
to become one of His own creation.
He washed feet.
He reached down to those in need.
And greatest of all,
He gave Himself over
to men's mockery and cruelty.
He died the humiliating death
of a criminal.
Yes, this was the life of a King.
Jesus lived out the advice given to Rehoboam... if you will be a servant to these people and serve them, and if you respond to them by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever.
How grateful I am to be a servant to Jesus, the Servant King!
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