Proverbs in 365 Devotions

Proverbs 19:26 He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who brings shame and reproach.

Disciplined With Scorpions

R Aylor

Proverbs 19:26 He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who brings shame and reproach.
These are some pretty serious and negative offenses a person might do with their life. Committing violence, driving away mother… bringing shame and reproach…  Solomon had likely seen this in his own family.

One of Solomons stepbrother’s was Amnon.  Another stepbrother was Absalom. Amnon raped Absolems sister Tamar and and so Absolem killed Amnon.
Absalom  was later killed by Joab after he mounted a rebellion against his aging father David.
Another stepbrother of Solomons was Adonijah. He attempted to usurp the throne during the life of David. Solomon would later have him executed.

So there you have it. Solomon likely learned much of the wisdom from this proverb from pondering his own life. Even his own son Rehoboam strayed from his fathers teachings. After Solomons death he took the advice of his younger friends over the elders and increased control over the people. Heres what he told the people of Israel:

1st Kings 12:11 “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.”

After the people saw how Rehoboam had responded 11 of the tribes of Israel separated themselves from Rehoboam and the tribe of Judah and so there became two kingdoms… Israel in the north and Judah in the south.

As for Rehoboam, 2nd Chronicles 12:14 says: And he did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.

There did appear as though Rehoboam had a time of repentance when Judah was overcome in war but whether it was a real heart change toward God I am not sure.

As for Solomon… the kingdoms were torn apart because of his sin in turning after other gods.
1st Kings 11:4 For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. …9 And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice 10 and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods. But he did not keep what the Lord commanded. 11 Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this has been your practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant. 12 Yet for the sake of David your father I will not do it in your days, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 However, I will not tear away all the kingdom, but I will give one tribe to your son, for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem that I have chosen.”

And so just as many of Davids sons brought shame to their parents… so Solomon fulfilled his own proverb by bringing reproach to his own father David and his mother Bathsheba. And Solomons own son Rehoboam did the same to him.

So what can we learn? Not keeping the fifth commandment to honor our father and mother made a ruin out of their lives.

Ephesians 6:1 says: 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Look, we may or may not have had good directives or good examples from our parents but if we have delighted in Christ as good news and have been made Gods children… then we have his word as instruction for our good in every way and for his glory.