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God Feeds Elijah

1 Kings 15-17

Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - Elijah and the Baal Prophets (1 Kings 18-19)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:20-21

Opening Prayer

Last Week - The Divided Kingdom (1 Kings 11)
    What great sin of Solomon led to The Divided Kingdom?
      1 Kings 11:1-4
    How did God decide to punish Solomon for this evil?
      1 Kings 11:11-13

    Who was the subordinate God chose?
      1 Kings 11:28 (26)
    What promise did God make to Jeroboam?
      1 Kings 11:31, 38

Jeroboam, First King of Israel (1 Kings 12-14)
    How faithful was Jeroboam as King of Israel?
      1 Kings 12:26-31
    How did God decide to punish Jeroboam for this evil?
      1 Kings 14:7-11
    How would God punish the people of Israel for their part in this sin?
      1 Kings 14:15-16

Rehoboam, First King of Judah (1 Kings 14)
    How faithful was Solomon's son, Rehoboam, as King of Judah?
      2 Chronicles 12:1
    In what ways did Rehoboam and the people of Judah abandon God?
      1 Kings 14:23-24
    How did God respond to Rehoboam's rejection?
      1 Kings 14:25-26
    How well did the divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah get along?
      1 Kings 14:30

The First Kings of Judah (1 Kings 15)
    Who succeeded Rehoboam as king of Judah and how faithful was he?
      1 Kings 15:1, 3
    To what royal line did Abijah's mother belong?
      1 Kings 15:2
    Did God decide to wipe out Abijah's family as he had Jeroboam's?
      1 Kings 15:4
    Note: 2 Chronicles 13 has interesting story on battle between Abijah & Jeroboam

    Who succeeded Abijah as king of Judah and how faithful was he?
      1 Kings 15:9, 11
    How did Asa work to reform the evils of his father and grandfather?
      1 Kings 15:12-13
    Note: 2 Chronicles 14-16 has stories on Asa's reforms & conflict with Israel

The First Kings of Israel (1 Kings 15-16)
    Who succeeded Jeroboam as king of Israel and how faithful was he?
      1 Kings 15:25-26
    Why did Nadab reign only 2 years?
      1 Kings 15:27-28
    How did Baasha fulfill God's promise of punishment to Jeroboam?
      1 Kings 15:29-30

    How faithful was Baasha as king of Israel?
      1 Kings 15:33-34
    How did God decide to punish Baasha for this evil?
      1 Kings 16:1-4

    Who succeeded Baasha as king of Israel?
      1 Kings 16:8
    What happened to Elah?
      1 Kings 16:9-10
    How did Zimri fulfill God's promise of punishment to Baasha?
      1 Kings 16:11-12

    How long did Zimri reign as king of Israel and why?
      1 Kings 16:15-17
    How was the siege ended?
      1 Kings 16:18

    Who became the next king of Israel?
      1 Kings 16:21-22
    What notable change happened during Omri's reign?
      1 Kings 16:24
    How faithful was Omri's reign?
      1 Kings 16:25-26

The Worst King of Israel (1 Kings 16)
    Who succeeded Omri as king of Israel and how faithful was he?
      1 Kings 16:29-30
    How was Ahab more evil than those before him?
      1 Kings 16:31-33
    Did Ahab intend Baal to supplement or replace God?
      1 Kings 18:4
    What notable construction happened during Ahab's reign?
      1 Kings 16:34-35
    How did this fulfill God's word as spoken by Joshua?
      Joshua 6:26

    Baal meant lord or god
      Every pagan locality had its own Baal
      Shrines to Baals were built on high places in the area
    Baal of Sidon (Phoenicia) was brought to Israel by Jezebel
      Controlled rainfall - Critical to agricultural society
    Was happy & gave rain when he mated with his wife Asherah (Astarte)
      Temple sex induced Baal & Asherah to mate so it would rain
    Sacrifices included children under extraordinary conditions
      Priests would dance around altar in frenzy & slash selves with knives

God Feeds Elijah (1 Kings 17)
    What did God plan to prove He is God of the rain & all creation?
      1 Kings 17:1
    What did Elijah's name mean and why was it significant?
      1 Kings 18:39
    How would Elijah be taken care of during this drought?
      1 Kings 17:2-6

    How did God take care of Elijah when the drought dried up the brook?
      1 Kings 17:7-9
    How hard did Elijah have to search to find this woman in Zarephath?
      1 Kings 17:10-11

    Had the drought affected Zarephath?
      1 Kings 17:12
    How did God use this condition to show His power?
      1 Kings 17:13-14
    Did the woman have faith in Elijah's promise?
      1 Kings 17:15-16

Elijah Brings the Widow's Son Back to Life (1 Kings 17)
    What did the widow believe was the cause for her son's death?
      1 Kings 17:17-18
    How did Elijah respond to her reasoning?
      1 Kings 17:19-23
    What was the real reason that the boy had died?
      1 Kings 17:24
    Did Jesus support the idea that illness & death result from specific sins?
      John 9:1-3
    Note: The Book of Job addresses the question of why bad things happen

Closing Prayer

Judah (South)

Israel (North)

Year BC King Years Rule King Years Rule
931 Rehoboam 17 Bad Mostly Jeroboam 22 Bad
913 Abijah 3 Bad Mostly " " "
911 Asa 41 Good " " "
910 " " " Nadab 2 Bad
909 " " " Baasha 24 Bad
888 " " " Elah 2 Bad
887 " " " Zimri 7 days Bad
887 " " " Omri 12 Extra Bad
876 " " " Ahab (Jezebel) 22 The Worst
871 Jehoshaphat 25 Good " " "

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