April 7th

1 Kings 11-13

  • 11: 1-3 – Solomon knew the law and knew the reasoning for the law, but he was unable to withstand his desires and ultimately, it led to his downfall.
  • 11:4-8 – David sinned, but never worshipped or offered any sort of allegiance to other gods. Solomon divided his heart between many gods, this breaks the first and most important commandment. Note that Solomon succumbed to this sin even though he was full of God-given wisdom. Nobody-nobody– is above sinning and turning away from God, hence the need for Jesus.
  • 11:11-13 – God promised that David’s line would be on the throne as long as they were faithful to him. Solomon has already failed there. God had such love for David, though, that he allows his line to stay partially in leadership. (and, ultimately, Jesus is the fulfillment of that promise)
  • 11:40 – Clearly Solomon had strayed far from God if he was willing to oppose God’s will even to the point of killing God’s chosen future king. It’s fair to wonder how Israel’s history might have unfolded differently if he hadn’t done this- perhaps the kingdom would have remained united.
  • 12:6-8 – Rehoboam had a chance to be a beloved king. He only needed to listen to the wise counsel of the older men and lighten the load of the people. It’s incredibly tragic that he chooses to do the opposite.
  • 12:8-15 – Rehoboam, instead, listens to his bonehead friends and chooses to increase the difficulty of the people. Rehoboam’s sin ultimately causes the split of the kingdom, which, over time, causes all kinds of problems and makes them so vulnerable that both parts of the kingdom are conquered.
  • It’s about to start getting confusing with who was king of where when. Here’s a simple chart to help you keep them straight.
  • 12:25-33 – Jeroboam has every reason to trust God because he had made it clear that he would keep him in power because of his great love for David. Jeroboam almost immediately loses trust and builds golden calves so he wouldn’t lose his portion of Israelites.
  • 13:11-25 – This story gets confusing with the old prophet and the original prophet and the man of God. Note that the prophet should have listened to God above anything else. Ultimately, listening to the other prophet caused his death.
  • 13:33-34 – Jeroboam continued to stray further and further from God’s will.

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