Division lasts

1 Kings Bible Background

05.06.2015 Old Testament: 1Ki 12.16–20

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 12–13 on May 6, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

Unity is beautiful, but unfortunately it requires much work to maintain, and even then it sometimes falls apart. When division settles in, it often lasts forever,

Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying: 

“What share have we in David?
We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.
To your tents, O Israel!
Now, see to your own house, O David!”

So Israel departed to their tents. But Rehoboam reigned over the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah. Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was in charge of the revenue; but all Israel stoned him with stones, and he died. Therefore King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Jerusalem. So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day. Now it came to pass when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had come back, they sent for him and called him to the congregation, and made him king over all Israel. There was none who followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only (1 Kings 12.16–20). 

Rehoboam in his inexperience did not know how to deal with the requests of the people. He accepted bad advice, and most of Israel split from him. Notice the writer said that the division lasted at least until the day of the writing of the Books of Kings.

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