1 & 2 Kings (Program #7) – The Divisions of the Kingdom of Israel
The Lord has committed much into the hands of His people. For example, in the Old Testament, Israel bore the responsibility of maintaining Jehovah’s testimony on the earth. One of the key factors that the Lord was very eager to maintain among His people was their oneness because their oneness reflects His oneness. “The Lord is one”, the Old Testament people would declare and it is true. So following the reign of Solomon, when the nation of Israel was split into two sections; a northern kingdom under the rule of Jeroboam, Solomon’s servant and a southern kingdom, under Rehoboam, Solomon’s son. This was a grave matter to Jehovah. So it should be also to us today. As we consider and study the history of God’s move among His people, the testimony of the oneness of God’s people continues to be a vital matter to Him and it’s a matter that is far too often taken for granted by His people.