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How many Bible lessons are by counterexample? King Rehoboam teaches by counterexample that the proper role for rulers of the people who obey God is to be for the people as their servant, a legitimate way to obtain affirmation of their authority by the people.

1 Kings 12:6-8

6 Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” 7 And they said to him, “If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever.” 8 But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him.

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