How do the older counselors advise Rehoboam (12:6-7)? How do the younger counselors advise him (12:8-11)? Whose advice does Rehoboam take? Do you think this was wise or foolish? Why?
How can we, as Christians, be intentional to seek out, listen to, and heed good wise, godly counsel? How can we guard against the temptation to ignore counsel, or to only listen to counsel that is convenient, and that we already agree with?
How does Rehoboam (in 1 Kings 12) resemble Pharaoh (from Exodus 1-12)? How does Jeroboam (in 1 Kings 12) resemble Moses (from Exodus 1-12)? How does Jeroboam (in 1 Kings 12:25-33) resemble Aaron (from Exodus 32)?
What are the ways that Rehoboam sins, and turns away from the Lord? What are the ways that Jeroboam sins, and turns away from the Lord? How do these two kings serve as a cautionary tale for us? How can we be careful not to fall prey to the same sins and mistakes that they did?
What does this text show us about the judgment of God against sin? Why is this relevant for us, as Christians? How should it affect our lives today?