Rehoboam gets his first test as king. A leader of Israel (Jeroboam) comes to him asking for their yoke to be lightened. He asks for 3 days to make a decision. In the meantime, he consults with the elders who tell him to do as they say. He ignores this and asks his friends...bad idea. They say to make their lives even more miserable and make their yoke heavier. Of course, this all came from God as fulfillment of prophesy.
The head of forced labor gets stoned, and Rehoboam escapes with his life--Jeroboam is crowned king. He doesn't do such a great job either. He gets worried that if the people keep going to Jerusalem and worship God too much, they will want Rehoboam back. He builds 2 idols and puts them in place that are easier to travel to than Jerusalem to seduce the people. He lets just about any become a priest and just has a free-for-all.
God sends a prophet to warn Jeroboam. He tells him that his altars will be split and a new king--Josiah will be brought up. His son becomes ill and he gets even more bad news that his whole world is about to come crumbling down. Not much more is said other than he dies, his son becomes king and there is more history written in the annals of Israel.
During all of this, Judah is the only tribe that remains loyal to the house of David (Rehoboam). They make Rehoboam their king and he continues to do a crappy job and ignores God. He dies and his son Abijah is made king over Judah.
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