1 Kgs 12:1-33
Rehoboam took over as king in place of Solomon his father. His first major act was to decide on how his servants would be handled in terms of their working conditions. Led by Jeroboam, they pleaded for a lighter yoke and promised to serve him if he did make their yoke easier. He told them to return in three days for a response.
Rehoboam then sought counsel from the old men who served his father. They rightly advised him to listen to the people. He also the went to seek counsel from his younger colleagues, who told him to make the people’s work harder. Rehoboam then for no wise reason forsook the advice of the old men and went with the counsel of his young colleagues to a disastrous conclusion. Where do you get your counsel from? Who are you listening to?
The people withdrew their support for David and his house, as each man in Israel departed to his own tent, and left only Judah to Rehoboam. All these were as God had foretold because of the idolatry sins of Solomon. Israel (aside Judah), then made Jeroboam their king.Rehoboam attempted to win the kingdom back through war, but was warned by God through Shemaiah not to, for the division of the kingdom was from God, so the war was called off.
Jeroboam, now ruling as king over Israel then thought to himself that with the people still going to Jerusalem to sacrifice to God, their hearts might be drawn back to God and to Rehoboam. So, he made two calves of Gold, placed one in Bethel and another in Dan, and caused the people to sin by worshipping these idols.
With the kingdom now divided, and Jeroboam leading Israel into idolatry, what happens next? The study continues…….stay tuned!
Some verses to remember
vs 8: But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him.
vs 16: So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.