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The Prophecy of Ahijah

There was a judgment that God had placed on the king and the House of David? For this judgment would break the chain of unity between the twelve tribes of Israel: ripping ten tribes away from the House of David.

(Biblical Prophets Article Covers: 1 Kings 11:26-39)


Divine Judgment Foretold

During the time when Solomon had grew old and his wives had turned his heart away from the one true God.

There was a judgment that God had placed on the king and the House of David?

For this judgment would eventually break the chain of unity between the twelve tribes of Israel: ripping ten tribes away from the House of David.

Because of this the House of David would be made up of only one tribe; and this was due to the mere fact, that God had made promises to Solomon's father, King David. In actuality, the House of David was left with two tribes, but I'll explain more on this in a little bit.



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Jeroboam The Son of Nebat?



Because of these promises that the Lord had made to David, this judgment would not be carried out during the days of Solomon; but during the reign of his son, king Rehoboam. But in the meantime, God began bringing up adversaries that would oppose Solomon and out of this group there was a man named Jeroboam: for he was the son of Nebat; and was considered to be a man of great standing and reputation.

Jeroboam would gain his position from within Solomon's administration after the king had saw that he was industrious, ingenious, and diligent when it came to his approach and work ethic. Because of this Solomon promoted Jeroboam, by making him a royal official that was in charge of the whole labor force that dealt with Ephraim and Manasseh: which was known as the house of Joseph.



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Jeroboam Meets Ahijah the Prophet?


One day while Jeroboam was traveling out from Jerusalem when he was met by Ahijah the prophet of Shiloh. During this time, Jeroboam was wearing a new cloak in which Ahijah would take hold of and he began to tear the cloak into twelve pieces. Now you would think that Jeroboam would be none to happy about what just happened? But the message that the prophet would deliver after he had tore the cloak, made losing it worthwhile:



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The Prophecy of Ahijah -- Solomon's Disobedience?


"Take ten pieces for yourself, for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: 'See, I am going to tear the kingdom out of Solomon's hand and give you ten tribes. But for the sake of my servant David and the city of Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, he will have one tribe.

"I will do this because they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molech the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked in my ways, nor done what is right in My eyes, nor kept My statutes and laws as David, Solomon's father, did.

"But I will not take the whole kingdom out of Solomon's hand; I have made him ruler all the days of his life for the sake of David my servant, whom I chose and who observed my commands and statutes. I will take the kingdom from his son's hands and give you ten tribes. I will give one tribe to his son so that David my servant may always have a lamp before me in Jerusalem, the city where I chose to put my Name."



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The Prophecy of Ahijah -- On One Condition


But this promotion from the Lord would come with conditions:

"However, as for you, I will take you, and you will rule over all that your heart desires; you will be king over Israel. If you do whatever I command you and walk in my ways and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you. I will humble David's descendants because of this, but not forever."



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Judah & Benjamin -- One Tribe or Two?


So Ahijah delivers a message to Jeroboam, in which he explained how God was going to tear the kingdom away from Solomon: giving ten tribes to Jeroboam. Therefore leaving the House of David with one tribe: which was actually two -- for the tribe of Judah and Benjamin were viewed as one tribe:

"When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem, he mustered the house of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin: a hundred and eighty thousand fighting men -- to make war against the house of Israel and to regain the kingdom for Rehoboam the son of Solomon." (1 Kings 12:21)


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So it would seem that the House of David will eventually be divided into two kingdoms because of Solomon's disobedience towards the Lord. But this division will not happen during the days of Solomon, for God had made a promise to David. But this message was given to Jeroboam while Solomon was still alive. So this brings forth the question: "Will Solomon find out about the future plans that the Lord has for Jeroboam; and if so -- how will he react?



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