“But King Solomon loved many foreign women…from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods”.” Solomon has 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines; and his wives turn his heart to their gods which angers the Lord.
Since Solomon turned from the Lord, the Lord tells Solomon he is going to tear the kingdom from him and give 10 tribes to his servant. “However, I will not tear away the whole kingdom; I will give one tribe to your son for the sake of My servant David, and for the sake of Jerusalem which I have chosen…”
Today we meet Jeroboam, Solomon’s officer over his labor force. This is the man the Lord chose to give 10 tribes to bc of Solomon’s disobedience. However, God is still working His plan to send the Savior through King David’s bloodline. So for the sake of his covenant with David, He will give one tribe to Solomon’s son so that “… My servant David may always have a lamp before Me in Jerusalem.”
The Lord makes the same promises to Jeroboam. He tells Jeroboam that if he walks in the Lord’s ways and keeps His commands, like David did, then He will be with him and build him an enduring house.
When Solomon hears about this he tries to kill Jeroboam so Jeroboam flees to Egypt. Solomon later dies and his son Rehoboam takes place as the new king of Israel.
After we read the Book of Ecclesiastes we will begin the Divided Kingdom Era. Jeroboam will return from Egypt and become king over the 10 tribes in Northern Israel and Rehoboam will be king over 2 tribes in Southern Judah. But first, we are going to learn from the Book of Ecclesiastes that everything is meaningless apart from the Lord so keep reading!
(1 Kings 11:1-43, 2 Chronicles 9:29-31, Ecclesiastes 1:1-11)