I am going over the materials for our Children's Church, which I must lead in the morning. Usually this is pretty straightforward but this week's lesson includes the prophecy that Jeroboam would receive 10 tribes of Isreal and the one would remain loyal to David's decendents. (I Kings 11:29-39) But, but, but, I Kings 12:21 says Rehoboam "mustered the whole house of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin". So what happened to the extra strip of cloth from the prophecy (first reference)? My lesson materials say the prophet didn't use the 12th strip because the tribe of Simeon was small and surrounded by Judah, but the scriptures in chp 11-12 say nothing about Simeon and do specify Benjamin went with Judah. The lesson also gives the possiblity that the 12th strip represented Levi because that tribe wasn't given a land inheritance. That also doesn't take into account the scripture specifying Benjamin as mustering up with Judah. So anyone have any ideas about how this all worked?