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Mick Dobra

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Redoubt Example: Rehoboam

Husbands, Fathers, heads of households, it is time to Redoubt, to return to your tents, to focus on getting your house in order in preparation for what may come!

Update, 4/12/2014: Hopefully you've heard of the Imperial American Federal Forces that are at work against the Bundy family ranch in Bunkerville NV. Re·doubt: noun \ri-ˈdau̇t\ 1b : A defended position : Protective barrier 2: A secure retreat : STRONGHOLD)
-- Merriam-Webster

The back story...
King Solomon has died and his son, Rehoboam, is taking over.

The people assemble to lodge complaints of a "heavy yoke," described by The Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown and published in 1871 as "a system of heavy taxation... [and] civil oppressions."
3 And they sent and called him, and Jeroboam and all the assembly of Israel came and said to Rehoboam, 4 “Your father made our yoke heavy. Now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke on us, and we will serve you.” 5 He said to them, “Go away for three days, then come again to me.” So the people went away.

But Rehoboam refused the wise counsel...
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king said, “Come to me again the third day.” 13 And the king answered the people harshly, and forsaking the counsel that the old men had given him, 14 he spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying, “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.” 15 So the king did not listen to the people, for it was a turn of affairs brought about by the LORD that he might fulfill his word, which the LORD spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

So the people revolt and return to their tents, they redoubt...
16 And when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, “What portion do we have in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Look now to your own house, David.” So Israel went to their tents. 17 But Rehoboam reigned over the people of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah. 18 Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was taskmaster over the forced labor, and all Israel stoned him to death with stones. And King Rehoboam hurried to mount his chariot to flee to Jerusalem. 19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day. 20 And when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. There was none that followed the house of David but the tribe of Judah only.
1 Kings 12:12-20

I liken the call "To your tents, O Isreal!" to voting with your feet. As explained, they peacefully redoubted to their homes, no longer accepting the authority of the king, "The revolt was accomplished, and yet so quietly, that Rehoboam remained in Shechem, fancying himself the sovereign of a united kingdom, until his chief tax gatherer, who had been most imprudently sent to treat with the people, had been stoned to death. This opened his eyes, and he fled for security to Jerusalem." (Jamieson)

I don't want to read anything into the Scriptures, this exchange was all part of God's plan and providence as noted in earlier chapters, but I do want to read out of the Scriptures the timeless principles we can apply to our situation today.

1. Peacefully assemble and bring your complaints to the authorities.
If right and legitimate complaints are turned into greater oppressions...
2. Peacefully redoubt, take care of your own households, prepare for what may come.

Sounds like the process leading to the American Declaration of Independence!
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness...

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
The Declaration of Independence

The state of America is bad and getting worse. Our government is spending our posterity, our children and children's children, into oblivion. Peaceful means of complaint and the political process have thus far done nothing to stop this out of control socialist oppression.

Husbands, Fathers, heads of households, it is time to Redoubt, to return to your tents, to focus on getting your house in order in preparation for what may come!

1. Get your spiritual house in order!
2. Get your financial house in order.
3. Pray about all areas of your household, spiritual, economic, educational, health and wellness, safety and security, etc... Determine God's will for your family. This may mean voting with your feet, uprooting your family, whatever, be obedient to God's call on your life.

Choose this day whom you will serve. "But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
Joshua 24:14-14

A follow-up to When is it time to "flee"? and to A Call to Discipleship

More information about The American Redoubt here.

More information about our national debt here...

That means "the federal debt equals approximately $197,579 for each American family."
US Debt Over 15 TRILLION and Counting!!!

Update, 1/2/2013: Illinois Moves to Outlaw Modern Firearms and Criminalize Owners "Based on what we know about Cullerton’s bill, firearms that would be banned include all semiautomatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns. Pump action shotguns would be banned as well." If this passes, it will be the last straw for me and my household!

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