Israel Separates from David's Throne
Note it! It
is the kingdom, not part of it,
which is to be rended away.
It is the part, one tribe, which is to remain.
That tribe, Judah, must remain subject to the throne.
Why? "For David's sake!" David's dynasty must not be broken.
God will not break his covenant!
When Solomon died, his son Rehoboam succeeded to David's
The people at once demanded the heavy taxes be reduced.
Their spokesman Jeroboam (Solomon's servant), pleaded with Rehoboam:
"Thy father made our yoke grievous;
now, therefore, make thou the grievous service of thy father,
and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter,
and we will serve thee" (I Kings 12:1-5).
"My father," came Rehoboam's reply, "chastised you with whips,
but I will chastise you with scorpions" (verses 8-14).
Israel rebelled. The command to the people was,
"To your tents, 0 Israel!"
The challenge to the royal house was,
"Now, see to thine own house!" (Verse 16).
"So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the
congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David,
but the tribe of Judah only" (I Kings 12:19-20).
Then "Rehoboam... assembled all
the house of Judah,
with the tribe of Benjamin" (verse 21).
Rehoboam started to fight to subdue and bring back the House of Israel,
but God said, "Ye shall not... fight against your brethren the children of Israel…
for this thing is from me" (verse 24).
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