I Kings 8 – Chapter 12. The First Civil War, Northern Israel vs. Southern Israel. The historical narrative of the split of the ancient united kingdom serves us today as an archetype, model and example of the same political differences and social divides that exist to this day, not only in Israel, but everywhere in the world. The schism was brought about by a repressive government imposing itself over a fed-up independently minded public. This is source of the classic struggle between what today we call big government verses little government and urban liberalism verses rural conservatism. The events described in the chapter outline God's plan for ancient Israel. Apparently, God is still using the same plan with the same design for nations to this day. References from ancient times corresponding to modern times predominate throughout this lesson.