This is the second audio message for the Heroes & Villains series.
Rehoboam was the first king of the Southern Kingdom, Judah, following the division of Israel into North and South. As a man of conflict, he helped ignite a 200-year Civil War within Israel. Conflict seemed to follow this man everywhere he went, and he saw very little resolution to any conflict during his seventeen-year reign as king. This leadership flaw led the author of 2 Chronicles to record, “He did evil because he was not determined to follow the Lord.” A villain who did a few things right, Rehoboam can teach us much about how not to live. His failure to resolve conflict with God, his fellow Israelites, and other nations displeased the Lord and led to tragic consequences.