I. THE DIVISION OF THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL
In 1 Kings 11:9-13, 29-37 we have an account of the division of the kingdom of Israel.
A. Due to the Fall and Corruption of Solomon
This division was due to the fall and corruption of Solomon (vv. 9-13). In verse 11 Jehovah said to Solomon, "Because you have done this and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant."
B. The Kingdom of God’s Elect
Being Split into Two
The kingdom of God’s elect was split into two: the southern kingdom, the kingdom of Judah, of one tribe (vv. 13, 36) and the northern kingdom, the kingdom of Israel, of ten tribes (v. 35). Judah was genuine, but Israel was a division in apostasy.
II. THE REIGN OF REHOBOAM OVER JUDAH
OF ONE TRIBE
The reign of Rehoboam over Judah was a reign over just one tribe (v. 43b; 12:1-24; 14:21-31a).
A. Rehoboam Being a Son of Solomon
Born of an Ammonitess
Rehoboam, a son of Solomon, was born of an Ammonitess (14:21, 31).
B. Continuing the Reign after Solomon
Rehoboam continued the reign after Solomon (11:43b).
C. Suffering the Division of the Kingdom
and Losing Ten Tribes
In 12:1-24 we see that Rehoboam suffered the division of the kingdom and lost ten tribes.
(Life-Study of 1 & 2 Kings, Chapter 8, by Witness Lee)