Rehoboam: The Reckless Phoney

Artwork for Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Lives: Rediscovering Some Old Testament Characters

Movies and TV shows have two different sides: the camera side seen by the viewers, and the other, seen only by those who go behind the scenes. From the camera side, buildings and landscapes and luxurious living rooms and even campfires at night look absolutely real. But behind the scenes, everything is exposed as nothing more than a thin veneer of plastic, wood, and metal, held together with flimsy, temporary materials. On the surface everything seems genuine and sturdy. But behind the big front, there’s hardly anything there! It’s all a big, painted, professional show!

This perfectly describes Rehoboam, who lived in the days of the kings. Although a rather obscure character, he illustrates the principle what appears on the surface doesn’t always match what lies beneath. We can learn many lessons about integrity from his life!