The story begins with the seventeen year reign of Rehoboam. Please notice the emphasis made in verse 21. He reigned in Jerusalem, “the city that the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there.” While God had given ten tribes to Jeroboam, it was the city of Jerusalem, the place chosen by God, where God could place his name. This is where people could turn, look, and see the living God. Instead of finding the glory of God, verse 22 declares that the nation did what was evil in God’s sight.
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