Rehoboam’s, the troubled heir to Solomon’s throne, story must start with a look back at the Ammonites. His mother Naamah was an Ammonite, the son of Lot by his younger daughter (Genesis 19:38), certainly of royal birth, and probably very beautiful. She may have been the “most loved” of Solomon’s wives or Rehoboam showed more potential than any other his brothers. (See Rehoboam and His Mom) But Solomon should not have married her as that was forbidden by the Law for kings/Israel to do. And it is probable that she was one who led Solomon away form Jehovah (1 Kings 11:1) in his latter years and had him build a worship site to Moloch (Molek) the detestable god of the Ammonites. Apparently Chemosh, the god of the Moabites, and Moloch were the same god just in different nations; it was a bull-man deity that demanded human sacrifice especially babies.
God, in Deuteronomy 2:19, warned Moses/Israel about attacking or harassing them as they went to the Promise Land. God was showing favor to Lot in this degree but the Ammonites and Moabites were the ones who hired Balaam in Numbers 22 and were so cursed in Deuteronomy 23:3 from entering the Temple. [Abraham and Lot were descendents of Terah (Genesis11: 27) who came from Shem (Genesis 9:23).] The Ammonites show themselves as enemies of Israel throughout the Bible and God compares them to Sodom and Gomorrah in Zephaniah 2:9. In Ezekiel 25: 1 -10, Jeremiah 25 + 49, and in other places He is definitely against them; lesson here is that God has His limits and they went to far. Other Israelites who had conflict with them were:
- Jephthah – Judges 10 + 11
- Nehemiah – Tobiah
- Jeremiah – Baalis (40:14) killed Gedaliah (God’s chosen leader for the remnant)
- King Saul – Nahash 1 Samuel 11
- David and Joab – 2 Samuel 10. It should be noted that David did have an Ammonite in his “mighty men” 2 Samuel 23:37.
(See Family and Foe)
Rehoboam had already heard that the kingdom was going to be broken up because of Solomon’s sins. So when he takes the advice of the “young men” he should have known what was going to happen. His arrogance and deception is enormous but it was in God’s plan.
Questions to be answered in heaven:
- What were the names of the daughters of Lot?
- Did those “young men” stay Rehoboam’s advisors?