Read the Bible in a year by reading First Kings 12 and 13 today He Feared Unity By Don Ruhl Is it of benefit to some people that God's people remain divided? Yes, and you will see that when you read about Jeroboam. There is a time for unity and a time for division; we are wise to recognize when it is the right time for each. After Israel divided from Judah and Benjamin in the days of Rehoboam, the new king of Israel, here is what Israel's new king Jeroboam thought to himself, "If these people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will turn back to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah, and they will kill me and go back to Rehoboam king of Judah." (1Ki. 12:27 NKJV) Therefore, he came up with a plan to keep Israel and Judah divided. It was true that the division was of the Lord, but Jeroboam's motives were not right. He saw something in the division for himself rather than working with the Lord God. I wonder how many divisions have occurred in churches because someone saw something in it for himself. Let us never seek personal gain at the expense of the division of God's people. Question from the text: What exactly did the elders counsel Rehoboam?