10:6 Who had served during the lifetime of his father Shlomo
Upon assuming the throne after his father’s death, Rechovam is approached by representatives of the nation who request an easing of the tax burden that had been placed upon them by King Shlomo. Rechovam first consults the elders who had advised his father, but not liking the counsel they give, he instead turns to the younger people, his own contemporaries. This was a breach of the principle, “Ask your father, he will inform you, Your elders, they will tell you” (Deuteronomy 32:7). Rechovam follows the advice of his young friends, and this leads to the split in the kingdom, setting the ten tribes of the kingdom of Yisrael on a very negative path of idolatry and sin. Had Rechovam appreciated the meaning and importance of history and tradition, instead of trying to assert himself and his reign over the nation, much evil might have been averted.