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The Divided Kingdom

1 Kings 11-12, 2 Chronicles 11-12

Welcome and Announcements
    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 = Gave him wisdom, fame, wealth, peace & long life
    Did Solomon attempt to obey God as David had?
      1 Kings 3:3-4 = Walked in David's statutes, offered many sacrifices
    What was Solomon able to do that David was prevented from?
      1 Kings 5:2-5 = Build a temple to God

Solomon's Tax Burden (1 Kings 4)
    What things did Solomon import besides construction materials?
      1 Kings 10:22 = Gold, silver, ivory, apes, baboons
      1 Kings 10:28-29 = Horses & chariots from Egypt
    How many chariots and horses did Solomon get from Egypt?
      1 Kings 10:26 = 1400 chariots, 12K horses
    Besides the trade deficit, what was wrong with this Egyptian horse trading?
      Deuteronomy 17:16 = God forbade the king to stockpile horses or get them from Egypt
    What provisions did Solomon's government require on a daily basis?
      1 Kings 4:22-23 = 560 bushels flour & meal, 30 cattle, 100 sheep & goats, others
    How were these extensive provisions supplied?
      1 Kings 4:27-28 = Each district was taxed (1 month per year), also supplied horse feed

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 = Turned all non-Jews into slaves
    How many laborers did Solomon enlist?
      1 Kings 5:13-16 = 30K woodcutters, 70K carriers, 80K stonecutters, 3300 foremen
    Where did Solomon get the foremen and his soldiers?
      1 Kings 9:22-23 = Drafted Israelites (forced labor)
    Although they were drafted, why was it important that they were not called slaves?
      Leviticus 25:42 = Forbidden to make an Israelite a slave

Solomon's Downfall (1 Kings 11:1-8)
    What command had God given Israel that Solomon completely ignored?
      1 Kings 11:1-2 = Don't intermarry because they will lead you astray
    Was God's command not to intermarry new to Solomon?
      Deuteronomy 17:17 = God had told Moses that king shouldn't take many foreign wives
    Did Solomon take many foreign wives, or did he just fall in love with many foreign women?
      1 Kings 11:3 = 700 foreign wives, 300 concubines
    How was Solomon led astray by his wives as God had said would happen?
      1 Kings 11:4-8 = He built high places for his wives' gods & followed Ashtoreth & Molech

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 = He'd tear away Israel & give it to a subordinate
    Did God revoke His promise to David of a descendant on the throne forever?
      1 Kings 11:12-13 = No, He would leave one tribe for David's sake
    While God protected Solomon's reign, did He also keep things peaceful?
      1 Kings 11:14, 23, 26 = God raised adversaries against Solomon

God Chooses Jeroboam (1 Kings 11:28-31)
    Who was Jeroboam?
      1 Kings 11:28 = A worker who Solomon promoted to head labor force
    Did Jeroboam rebel against Solomon on his own?
      1 Kings 11:29-31 = No, God chose him and sent Ahijah to call him

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 = They have forsaken God, worshipped idols, not walked in God's ways
    Why didn't God keep all of Israel together and give it all to Jeroboam?
      1 Kings 11:32 = For the sake of David's faithfulness
    Would Jeroboam take these tribes from Solomon right away?
      1 Kings 11:34-36 = No, Solomon would keep all tribes. God would take from his son

    What promise did God make to Jeroboam?
      1 Kings 11:37-38 = Build dynasty like David's if he stays faithful
    What happened to Jeroboam after Solomon found out what had happened?
      1 Kings 11:40 = He ran away to Shishak in Egypt until Solomon died

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 = Yes, they went to Shechem to make him king
    Who did Israel choose as spokesman and what request did they make?
      1 Kings 12:2-4 = Jeroboam. Lighten the tax & labor loads.

    What advice did Rehoboam receive from the royal elders?
      1 Kings 12:5-7 = Say yes & win their loyalty
    What advice did Rehoboam receive from his friends?
      1 Kings 12:8-11 = Stand up & show your strength by being tougher
    Which advice did Rehoboam follow? = Scorpions - whips with lots of sharp iron points
      1 Kings 12:12-14 = That of his young inexperienced friends
    Why had Rehoboam taken this approach?
      1 Kings 12:15 = It was part of God's plan to take 10 tribes

The Split (1 Kings 12:16-24)
    How did the Israelites react to Rehoboam's response?
      1 Kings 12:16 = They revolted and rejected Rehoboam as king
    How strong was this rejection?
      1 Kings 12:18 = Adoniram was killed when Rehoboam sent him out

    What did the northern tribes of Israel do for a king?
      1 Kings 12:20 = They made Jeroboam their king
    Did Rehoboam accept the results of this rebellion?
      1 Kings 12:21 = He immediately gathered an army to take back Israel
    How was this battle between Judah and Israel stopped?
      1 Kings 12:22-24 = God sent prophet Shemaiah to say He did this

Capitals of Israel (1 Kings 12:25)
    Where did Jeroboam select for the capital of Israel?
      1 Kings 12:25 = Shechem (Later to Tirzah - 1K 14:17)
    Where was Israel's capital for most of the nation's existence?
      1 Kings 16:23-24 = Samaria (Bought & built by Omri), 7 miles NW of Shechem

    What eventually happened to the nation of Israel and why?
      2 Kings 17:6-8 = People exiled to Assyria (253 years later), Worshipped other gods
    What happened to the land of Israel, Samaria?
      2 Kings 17:24-25, 28-29, 41 = Settled by other peoples who worshipped their own gods
    Did the people of Judah accept the people of Samaria as brothers?
      John 4:9 = Jews do not associate with Samaritans

Temples in Israel (1 Kings 12:26-33)
    Where had God selected to put His name?
      1 Kings 14:21 = Jerusalem
    What problem did Jeroboam have with the city where the Lord had chosen to put His Name?
      1 Kings 12:26-27 = It was in Judah, People could return to Rehoboam if they go to J
    How did Jeroboam handle this problem? = Dan & Bethel are at north & south ends of Israel
      1 Kings 12:28-30 = Made idols & set worship centers in Dan & Bethel

    Was Jeroboam intentionally creating his own religion?
      1 Kings 12:31-33 = Yes. Built shrines, made up festivals & sacrifices
    How carefully did he select priests for his new religion?
      1 Kings 13:33 = Anyone who wanted to be priest was accepted
    How were Jeroboam's actions accepted by the faithful people in Israel?
      2 Chronicles 11:5, 13-17 = Levites & devout people left Israel & strengthened Judah
    Did later kings of Israel return to God?
      2 Kings 17:21-23 = All followed J's sins, God punished with exile

Rehoboam's Faithfulness (2 Chronicles 12)
    How faithful did Rehoboam remain?
      2 Chronicles 12:1 = He abandoned God as soon as he was secure as king
    How did God respond to Rehoboam's rejection?
      2 Chronicles 12:2-5 = He sent Shishak to conquer Rehoboam & Judah
    What was Rehoboam's reaction to his punishment?
      2 Chronicles 12:6 = Humbled himself & accepted God's justice
    How was this reaction taken by God?
      2 Chronicles 12:7-8 = Decided not to destroy them, but make them subject to Shishak

    What did Shishak do when he attacked Jerusalem?
      2 Chronicles 12:9 = Just took the treasures of the temple & the palace
    How might Shishak have known about these treasures?
      1 Kings 11:40 = Jeroboam stayed with Shishak while Solomon lived
    Did Rehoboam feel safe during the rest of his reign?
      2 Chronicles 12:10-11 = No. Had guards with shields escort him around
    Was Rehoboam threatened by anyone other than Egypt?
      1 Kings 14:30 = Continual warfare between Rehoboam and Jeroboam

Closing Prayer

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