1 Kings 12:1-32
1. Study the character of the two kings, Rehoboam and Jeroboam. To what factory would you attribute the division of the kingdom?
2. What four action of Jeroboam are spoken of in verse 25-32, and what was their purpose? Clever as they were politically and according to human judgment, wherein lay their fatal error? See verse 30; 13:33, 34; 2 Kgs. 17:21.
1 Kings 13:34
1. What was the root fault in Jeroboam’s character, and how did God in his mercy seek to show him the folly of the course he was pursuing? See 12:33-13:10.
2. What punishment fell on ‘the man of God … out of Judah’ and why? Cf. 20:36, and contrast our Lord’s firmness in Matt. 16:22, 23.
1 Kings 14
1. Jeroboam and Ahijah had both been called of God, the one to be king (11:31), and the other as prophet. What was the difference between them in their carrying out of their office, and how does this show what qualities are required in a servant of God?
2. What two pictures of Rehoboam’s reign are given in verses 21-31? What light do they throw on the state of Judah, and on Rehoboam’s character?
- The name Abijah, given by Jeroboam to his son, shows that Jeroboam still worshipped Jehovah, for Abijah means ‘my father is Jah’.
- Verse 17, ‘Tirzah’ was the residence of the kings of the northern kingdom. Cf. 15:21; 16:15.
- Verses 23, 24. All that is mentioned in these verses was associated with idolatry. Cf. Jer. 2:20.