This chapter recounts the events leading to the divided kingdoms of Judah and Israel under Rehoboam and Jeroboam. The chains tying the nation together were broken.
This chapter and part of the next are basically the same as the first 24 verses of I Kings chapter 12.
Does God issue any commands?
God does not speak in this chapter.
Does God make any promises?
- Rehoboam consulted old counselors and young counselors but he did not consult the LORD. The kingdom was split when Rehoboam took the advice of the young men. Verse 15 says that this was in fulfillment of God's promise given through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam.
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- Rehoboam was not a wise man, nor did he desire to speak kindly to the people therefore he was not a type of Christ. The old men counseled him to be kind to the people, speak good words to them, and please them with the understanding that then the people would be his servants forever out of hearts of love. This symbolizes the relationship between Jesus and believers. He came to earth the first time in kindness to humanity, speaking good words (He was the Word!), and pleasing the common people with His acts of physical and spiritual restoration. He is God of the universe and yet He came as a humble servant. Those of His Kingdom will gladly serve Him forever because they are motivated by love and thanksgiving.
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
Not that I identified.