EZEKIEL CHAPTER 1
Ezekiel begins this book by telling us he is in exile in Babylon with many others from the Jewish kingdom of Judah.
Step back several hundred years and we see the unravelling events of what caused Judah, the nation of God’s people, to be subject to their enemies.
God was displeased with the sin and disobedience king Solomon displayed during his reign as king and the people of Israel were displeased with the heavy taxes king Solomon placed on them to support his lavish lifestyle (despite the Lord’s earlier warning in Deuteronomy 17). This caused many people to rebel and they rejected King Solomon’s heir to the throne, in favour of a king of their own choosing. This split the nation into two kingdoms:
the Southern Kingdom – known as Judah, consisting of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin and ruled by Solomon’s chosen king, his son Rehoboam
the Northern Kingdom – known as Israel, consisting of the remaining ten tribes and ruled by a king chosen by the people, Jeroboam a former servant of Solomon.