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Why were the ten nations of Israel wrong to split from the two nations of Judah?


“And now you plan to resist the kingdom of the Lord, which is in the hands of David’s descendants. You are indeed a vast army and have with you the golden calves that Jeroboam made to be your gods. But didn’t you drive out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and make priests of your own as the peoples of other lands do? Whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bull and seven rams may become a priest of what are not gods.  2 Chronicles 13:8-9
            Yes because they rebelled against God’s promise to create a nation going back to Abraham in Genesis 12 and to David in 2 Samuel 7.  This was supposed to be a “forever” kingdom and now it was a splintered kingdom. 
            The prophecy in 2 Samuel 7:16 said only a descendant of David’s will sit on the throne.  Israel, the northern nation, put non-David descendants on their throne.
            The temple they created in Samaria was not the temple God told the Israelites to build in Jerusalem.  It was the only sanctioned temple.  Any other temple did not contain the presence (or approval) or God.
            Finally, the Israelites in the other nation quickly turned to other gods and made it a practice.  They knew they failed their own God, so they sought replacement gods.
            The destruction of Israel by Assyria was the ultimate judgment on the nation.