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01. AHIJAH the Shilonite 1 Kings 11:29-39 >>> And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam (son of King Solomon) went out of Jerusalem, that the Prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way 1 Kings 11:29-33 >>> The Prophet Ahijah predicted the division of the Kingdom of Israel. Ten of Israel's 12 Tribes would follow Jeroboam. The other Two Tribes, Judah and Benjamin, would remain loyal to David. Judah, the largest tribe, and Benjamin, the smallest Tribe, were often mentioned as one Tribe because they shared the same border. Both Jeroboam and Ahijah were from Ephraim, the most prominent of the Ten rebel Tribes. 1 Kings 12:20 >>> And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto hte congregation, and made him king over all Israel; there was none that followed the House of David, but the Tribe of Judah only. 1 Kings 12:20 >>> This marks the beginning of the divided Kingdom which was to last for centuries. Ten of Israel's 12 Tribes followed Jeroboam and called their new nation Israel, or The Northern Kingdom of Israel. The other two tribes remained loyal to Rehoboam and called their nation Judah, or The Southern Kingdom of Israel. The Kingdom did not split overrnight. It was already dividing as early as the days of the Judges because of tribal jealousies, especially between Ephraim, the most influential Tribe of the North, and Judah, the Chief Tribe of the South. 1 Kings 12:20 >>> Before the days of Saul and David, the religious center of Israel was located, for the most part, in the territory of Ephraim. When Solomon built the Temple, he moved the religious center of Israel to Jerusalem. This eventually brought tribal rivalries to the breaking point. (*See also Judges 12:1ff; 2 Samuel 2:4ff; 19:41-43.) 
AHIJAH 1 Kings 11:26-28 >>> And Jeroboam, son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon's servant, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king. And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breaches of the city of David his father. And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the House of Joseph.    His servants Jozachar, son of Shimeath and Jehozabad, son of Shomer slew Joash in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla. Amaziah, son of Joash, was the next king of Judah. 
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