Division of Israel Between King Jeroboam and King Rehoboam
The Israelite chose Jeroboam to represent them and ask King Rehoboam to reduce their work load. Rehoboam listened to the bad advice of the young men who grew up with him and increased the people’s work load. As a result, the Israelite rebelled and stop working for King Rehoboam. The 10 tribes set up their own nation and formed the northern kingdom of Israel with Jeroboam as their king. Rehoboam now reigned over 2 tribes including Judah and Benjamin. Judah is located to the south of the kingdom of Israel.
The story about Jeroboam and Rehoboam tells us that unity is very important. Israel was divided into two kingdoms because the people are not united. Rehoboam lacks love for his people. He did not sympathize with his own people.Instead, he tried to oppress them with even heavier work loads.
The church must be united as one body. We represent the different members of the body of Christ. We must always stay united and not quarrel irrespective of the denominations, race, and etc.
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5 KJV)
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28 KJV)
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:13 KJV)
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. (1 Corinthians 7:19 KJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1 KJV)
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: (Romans 3:22 KJV)
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: (1 Peter 3:8 KJV)
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Philippians 2:2 KJV)
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10 KJV)
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3 KJV)
And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.(Acts 4:32 KJV)
Jeroboam was Unfaithful to God
It was the prophet Ahijah that first prophesied to Jeroboam that he will be king over ten tribes of Israel. Ahijah acted out his prophesy by renting his new cloak into 12 pieces and giving Jeroboam 2 pieces. God took away 10 tribes from Rehoboam because Solomon forsaken him and worshipped pagan idols including Astoreth, Chemosh, and Molek (1 Kings 11:29-39).
After Jeroboam becomes king, he became unfaithful to God. He set up the golden calves in Dan and Bethel so that the Israelite don’t have to go to the temple in Jerusalem to worship God (1 Kings 11:29-30). Jeroboam did this because he was afraid that the people would return to serve King Rehoboam in Judah.
In another occasion, Jeroboam sent his wife to inquire Ahijah about the sickness of his son. Jeroboam’s wife disguised herself so that Ahijah would not recognize her. However, when she arrived, Ahijah told her he knew she is Jeroboam’s wife. Ahijah prophesied that his son will die as soon as she stepped over the threshold of her house in Tirzah. The boy is the only one that is found to be anything good in Israel (1 Kings 14:1-18).
Most of the kings of Israel only reign for a short period of time. There was constantly assassination and attempt to take over the throne in Israel. This happened because the kings of Israel don’t worship God and abide in his commandments.
What Can We Learn from King Jeroboam?
King Jeroboam was unfaithful to God by worshiping idols and committing all kinds of sins. All kinds of idolatry are sins. You should get rid of any object that has to do with pagan religion and idolatry in your home, car, office, t-shirts that has pagan symbols, photos of temple and etc. Another form of idolatry is anything that you put first in your life over God such as celebrities, career, money, and etc. Christians must strive to give 100% obedience to God. We must always put God’s commandments as priority in no matter what they do.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:3-6 KJV)
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21 KJV)
They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. (Jonah 2:8 KJV)
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5 KJV)
Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. (Psalm 16:4 KJV)
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 KJV)
Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:4 KJV)
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21 KJV)
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10 KJV)
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19 KJV)
For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. (Galatians 5:3 KJV)
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: (2 Peter 1:10 KJV)