Presentation on theme: "1 KINGS Losing the Land (1). 1 KINGS: Plot Solomon rises in power & wealth Israel becomes a powerful & stable monarchy Idolatry & division begin the long."— Presentation transcript:
1 KINGS: Plot Solomon rises in power & wealth Israel becomes a powerful & stable monarchy Idolatry & division begin the long process toward Exile Faithful prophets & kings prolong the process, but can’t stop it
1 KINGS: Major Characters David – Provides for successor just before his death Solomon – Israel’s 3 rd king; becomes rich & powerful, but also becomes unfaithful to the Lord Rehoboam – Solomon’s son who succeeds him as king; unwise decisions lead to division into 2 kingdoms Jereboam – Leads rebellion against Rehoboam; establishes Northern Kingdom (Israel) consisting of 10 tribes Ahab – One of Israel’s worst kings Jezebel – Wife of Ahab & a Baal-worshiper Elijah – Opposes Ahab & Jezebel b/c of their wickedness
1 KINGS: Major Events Adonijah declares himself king David appoints Solomon as successor, then dies Solomon asks for & receives wisdom, then builds Temple Solomon becomes powerful & wealthy, but also unwise Division of the kingdom after Solomon’s death Elijah’s prophetic ministry in opposition to King Ahab Elijah anoints Elisha as his successor
1 Kings: Key Verse “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” 1 Kings18:21
1 KINGS: Lessons for Today God’s people can endure & receive His blessings only as long as they are _____________ to His ________________. Judgment is certain when God’s people are _____________ to Him. Leaders of God’s people are evaluated _________________, not _____________________. God, not man, is the _____________ of human history. We cannot fulfill the 1 st Commandment if we are ______________ to God’s revealed will.