The breaking of Israel

Rehoboam: Whip up the horses! Faster! Farmers shaking fists: And don't come back! Narrator: After returning to Jerusalem. Advisor: Majesty, I'm afraid the tribes of Gad and Asher are also refusing to send worker levies now. Rehoboam: Yeah, yeah. I know. Tell General Elihu to raise an army. A LARGE army. Narrator: and the scorecard so far - Judah, 2, Israel, 10. All the rest of the tribes of Israel: Hurray for King Jeroboam! Narrator: When all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the congregation, and made him king over all Israel.

1 Kings 12: 16, 18

Rehoboam vaults into his chariot as his driver gets the horses running. They disappear in a cloud of dust as angry farmers shout after them. In the palace, an advisor lets Rehoboam know that the problem is spreading, and Rehoboam decides to go to war. The current political situation is an us-versus them split. The ten-tribe rebellion crown Jeroboam king over Israel, leaving Rehoboam with only Judah and little Benjamin tribe.

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