1 Kings 11-12: Rehoboam

In the latter part of King Solomon’s reign, things turn sour as he gives his heart to many foreign wives, and as he mixes his worship of God with the worship of the many foreign gods of his many foreign wives. In the biblical narrative, this begins the movement from Monarchy to Exile, from blessing to slavery. This begins the terrible Decline. And the rule of Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, only serves to accelerate this Decline.