Chapter 14 of The Story takes place just after the death of King Solomon, son of King David and before the introduction of Elijah the Prophet.
This chapter is called, “A Kingdom Torn in Two”.
Before we look at these events let us look at some information about King Solomon, as it paves the way into the divided Kingdom. God’s gift of wisdom to Solomon did not mean that he couldn’t make mistakes.
While becoming famous for building the Temple and the Palace, he became infamous for marrying pagan women, worshipping their gods, allowing his wives to affect his loyalty to God, and excessively taxing and working his people.
1 Kings 11:9-10 NIV
“The Lord became angry with Solomon because his HEART had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord’s command.“
After the death of Solomon, the northern tribes revolted, forming two separate nations. Ten of Israel’s 12 tribes followed Jeroboam and their nation was called “Israel”. The other two tribes remained with Rehoboam and that nation was called “Judah”. Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, threatened a heavier burden on the people, which caused a rebellion and divided the nation. Rehoboam ruled the southern kingdom and Jeroboam ruled the northern kingdom. Both nations experienced disastrous consequences from having evil kings.
Effective leadership can easily be nullified by an ineffective personal life. Our relationship with God is a HEART and a MIND issue. God desires that we obey and serve Him with all our heart and He desires that we renew our minds through the Word of God.
For me, the life lesson in this part of the reading is that God’s ways are far above our ways. He desires that we worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. He desires our WHOLE heart and a renewed mind. The reason why the Kingdom was split was because Solomon failed to keep pagan worship outside the realm. So, they were already divided through worship practices, they now also became divided politically.
Written by Mark Choice