JeroboamJeroboam - The nation of Israel split as a direct result of Solomon's sin in his later years.


"So the Lord said to Solomon, 'Because you have done this, and you have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant.  Nevertheless I will not do it in your days for the sake of your father David, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son.  However, I will not tear away all the kingdom, but 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.'" (I Kings 11:11-13, NASB)


That servant's name was Jeroboam.


"Then Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephraimite of Zeredah, Solomon's servant, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow, also rebelled against the king.  Now this was the reason why he rebelled against the king: Solomon built the Millo and closed up the breach of the city of his father David.  Now the man Jeroboam was a valiant warrior, and when Solomon saw that the young man was industrious, he appointed him over all the forced labor of the house of Joseph.  It came about at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him on the road.  Now Ahijah had clothed himself with a new cloak; and both of them were alone on the road.  Then Ahijah took hold of the new cloak which was on him and tore it into twelve pieces.  He said to Jeroboam, 'Take for yourself ten pieces; for thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, "Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and give you ten tribes..."'" (I Kings 11:26-31, NASB)


And so, after the kingdom split, Jeroboam became the king of Israel.


"The time that Jeroboam reigned was twenty-two years; and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab reigned in his place." (I Kings 14:20, NASB)