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After the death of King Solomon roughly 930 BC, his son and successor Rehoboam reveals to the twelve tribes that he will place a heavier yoke upon them than did Solomon his father. The ten northern tribes rebel and place one of Rehoboam's work foremen, Jeroboam as their king of the newly created Northern Kingdom, also known as the Kingdom of Israel. After unsuccessfully trying to coerce the Northern Kingdom to reunite with the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, Rehoboam settles to rule as the king of Judah, also known as the Southern Kingdom. The ancestors of the twelve tribes of Israel have had Jehovah as their lawgiver and the god who would fight their battles. It was Jehovah who brought the children of Jacob, Israel, out of Egypt into the promised land. But with Jeroboam fearing his subjects of the Northern Kingdom would return to being ruled by southern kings, he set up two golden calves for the northern tribes to worship; one in Dan and one in Bethel. He claimed that it was the gods represented by the golden calves as being the gods who brought them out of Egypt. Jeroboam was discouraging the northern tribes from making the long pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the capital of the Southern Kingdom and of temple worship of Jehovah. Idol worship has quickly been introduced to the inhabitants of the Northern Kingdom. This change of worship would have a big impact on the preservation of the Northern Kingdom. The preservation of the Southern Kingdom would need to be faithful to Jehovah for its preservation. Will the children of the twelve tribes rely upon Jehovah to win their battles with Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, or Syria, or will they become slack and worship other gods? Can they rely solely on the Lord Jehovah? Their decision has a great impact on the survival of their kings and their kingdoms.