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The Divided Kingdom

1 Kings 11-12, 2 Chronicles 11-12

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    Next Week - God Gives Food to Elijah (1 Kings 15-17)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12

Opening Prayer

Last Week - Solomon's Reign (1 Kings 1-10)
    How did God bless Solomon's reign?
      1 Kings 3:12-14
    Did Solomon attempt to obey God as David had?
      1 Kings 3:3-4
    What was Solomon able to do that David was prevented from?
      1 Kings 5:2-5

Solomon's Tax Burden (1 Kings 4)
    What things did Solomon import besides construction materials?
      1 Kings 10:22
      1 Kings 10:28-29
    How many chariots and horses did Solomon get from Egypt?
      1 Kings 10:26
    Besides the trade deficit, what was wrong with this Egyptian horse trading?
      Deuteronomy 17:16
    What provisions did Solomon's government require on a daily basis?
      1 Kings 4:22-23
    How were these extensive provisions supplied?
      1 Kings 4:27-28

Solomon's Labor Burden (1 Kings 9:20-23)
    Where did Solomon get the laborers he needed for his building projects?
      1 Kings 9:20-21
    How many laborers did Solomon enlist?
      1 Kings 5:13-16
    Where did Solomon get the foremen and his soldiers?
      1 Kings 9:22-23
    Although they were drafted, why was it important that they were not called slaves?
      Leviticus 25:42

Solomon's Downfall (1 Kings 11:1-8)
    What command had God given Israel that Solomon completely ignored?
      1 Kings 11:1-2
    Was God's command not to intermarry new to Solomon?
      Deuteronomy 17:17
    Did Solomon take many foreign wives, or did he just fall in love with many foreign women?
      1 Kings 11:3
    How was Solomon led astray by his wives as God had said would happen?
      1 Kings 11:4-8

God's Judgment on Solomon (1 Kings 11:9-26)
    How did God decide to punish Solomon for this evil?
      1 Kings 11:9-11
    Did God revoke His promise to David of a descendant on the throne forever?
      1 Kings 11:12-13
    While God protected Solomon's reign, did He also keep things peaceful?
      1 Kings 11:14, 23, 26

God Chooses Jeroboam (1 Kings 11:28-31)
    Who was Jeroboam?
      1 Kings 11:28
    Did Jeroboam rebel against Solomon on his own?
      1 Kings 11:29-31

God Decides to Split Israel (1 Kings 11:32-40)
    What reason did Ahijah give that God was taking these tribes from Solomon's family?
      1 Kings 11:33
    Why didn't God keep all of Israel together and give it all to Jeroboam?
      1 Kings 11:32
    Would Jeroboam take these tribes from Solomon right away?
      1 Kings 11:34-36

    What promise did God make to Jeroboam?
      1 Kings 11:37-38
    What happened to Jeroboam after Solomon found out what had happened?
      1 Kings 11:40

King Rehoboam (1 Kings 12:1-15)
    Did Israel immediately accept Solomon's son Rehoboam as the next king?
      1 Kings 11:42-12:1
    Who did Israel choose as spokesman and what request did they make?
      1 Kings 12:2-4

    What advice did Rehoboam receive from the royal elders?
      1 Kings 12:5-7
    What advice did Rehoboam receive from his friends?
      1 Kings 12:8-11
    Which advice did Rehoboam follow?
      1 Kings 12:12-14
    Why had Rehoboam taken this approach?
      1 Kings 12:15

The Split (1 Kings 12:16-24)
    How did the Israelites react to Rehoboam's response?
      1 Kings 12:16
    How strong was this rejection?
      1 Kings 12:18

    What did the northern tribes of Israel do for a king?
      1 Kings 12:20
    Did Rehoboam accept the results of this rebellion?
      1 Kings 12:21
    How was this battle between Judah and Israel stopped?
      1 Kings 12:22-24

Capitals of Israel (1 Kings 12:25)
    Where did Jeroboam select for the capital of Israel?
      1 Kings 12:25
    Where was Israel's capital for most of the nation's existence?
      1 Kings 16:23-24

    What eventually happened to the nation of Israel and why?
      2 Kings 17:6-8
    What happened to the land of Israel, Samaria?
      2 Kings 17:24-25, 28-29, 41
    Did the people of Judah accept the people of Samaria as brothers?
      John 4:9

Temples in Israel (1 Kings 12:26-33)
    Where had God selected to put His name?
      1 Kings 14:21
    What problem did Jeroboam have with the city where the Lord had chosen to put His Name?
      1 Kings 12:26-27
    How did Jeroboam handle this problem?
      1 Kings 12:28-30

    Was Jeroboam intentionally creating his own religion?
      1 Kings 12:31-33
    How carefully did he select priests for his new religion?
      1 Kings 13:33
    How were Jeroboam's actions accepted by the faithful people in Israel?
      2 Chronicles 11:5, 13-17
    Did later kings of Israel return to God?
      2 Kings 17:21-23

Rehoboam's Faithfulness (2 Chronicles 12)
    How faithful did Rehoboam remain?
      2 Chronicles 12:1
    How did God respond to Rehoboam's rejection?
      2 Chronicles 12:2-5
    What was Rehoboam's reaction to his punishment?
      2 Chronicles 12:6
    How was this reaction taken by God?
      2 Chronicles 12:7-8

    What did Shishak do when he attacked Jerusalem?
      2 Chronicles 12:9
    How might Shishak have known about these treasures?
      1 Kings 11:40
    Did Rehoboam feel safe during the rest of his reign?
      2 Chronicles 12:10-11
    Was Rehoboam threatened by anyone other than Egypt?
      1 Kings 14:30

Closing Prayer

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