The story of Rehoboam reminds me that we usually seek advice from our close friends, especially those who have grown up with us (1 Kings 12:8, 10-11). Every day, I pray to the Lord to put the right people to be angels of my kids. I believe that having accountable friends can hold my kids responsible. The story seems telling us that older is wiser. Yet, when I look into the background, Rehoboam’s final decision was not irrational. The new king needed to show his muscle. That’s why “My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions!” But what is the character of Jesus? What kind of leadership our Lord had demonstrated during His 33 years on the earth? Is He a tyrant who was eager to show off His muscle? Or a humble servant who cares about the needs of His people?