Rehoboam rules over Judah; Levites and true Israelites leave the apostate Northern Kingdom (Israel) to live in the Southern Kingdom (Judah).
- Judah was smaller than Israel, yet they sought the Lord and others joined them as a result (v. 13). What really matters, size or faithfulness to the Lord? What applications can you draw from this?
- Note verses 14 and 16. What did it “cost” for these Levites and faithful Israelites to do what they did? What could have happened to them and their families had they not done this? What lessons and encouragement can you gain from this?