Ch. 12 – The Divided Kingdom

1 hr. 17 min.

We cover First and Second Kings, showing how the united Davidic Kingdom under Solomon split in 930 B.C. when Solomon died. This split in the Kingdom was ultimately God’s punishment due to Solomon’s threefold sin of (1) amassing wealth for himself, (2) acquiring a great number of wives who turned his heart to idolatrous worship, and (3) acquiring many horses for a standing army. These very three transgressions were forbidden in Deuteronomy 17. Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, decided to harshen his father’s rule by making the yoke on his subjects heavier. This poor decision resulted in the northern 10 tribes seceding under the reign of Jeroboam. This Northern Kingdom, bereft of the Davidic throne, is thereafter called by three popular names: Israel, Jacob, and Ephraem in the historical and prophetic books. The Southern Kingdom, now led by Rehoboam, consisted of only two of the original 12 tribes: Judah and Benjamin. It is now called the Kingdom of Judah. Since the Levites did not acquire tribal land and resided in the Levitical cities, both kingdoms contained descendants from the tribe of Levi as well. We also take a look at the ministry of Elijah and Elisha and see how this history foreshadows the ministry of both John the Baptist and Jesus.


David's picture

This Bible study is awesome!!! It has made my faith stronger by opening my eyes more to the meaning behind the New Testament.

Thea Elisabeth Haavet's picture

I am Protestant, from Norway, but really enjoying this series! Getting so much from it! Thanks a lot! I wonder if its possible to access the notes anywhere - and if you have a list of the literature you recommend? Blessings from Oslo.

John cannon's picture

Well worth listening to as it covers important themes that are often ignored in BIble study or if not ignored stated with less clarity.