1 Kings 15:1-16:7

  1. In this portion two kings of Judah are mentioned and two of Israel.
    Who were they?
    What facts do we learn about each of them?
  2. What is the one standard by which these men are judged in Scripture?
    In relation to this stand, which of them was approved, and why?
    What does this teach us concerning eternal values?

Notes

  1. 15:10. Some translations have: ‘His mother’s name’: strictly his grandmother (see verses 2 and 8). Maacah apparently continued to be officially ‘queen mother (see verse 13).
  2. 15:17. ‘Ramah’ was only five miles from Jerusalem to the north.
  3. 16:7. ‘Because he destroyed it’: cf. 15:27, 29.

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?

Note.

  1. The name Abijah, given by Jeroboam to his son, shows that Jeroboam still worshipped Jehovah, for Abijah means ‘my father is Jah’.
  2. Verse 17, ‘Tirzah’ was the residence of the kings of the northern kingdom. Cf. 15:21; 16:15.
  3. Verses 23, 24. All that is mentioned in these verses was associated with idolatry. Cf. Jer. 2:20.

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 12:1-32

  1. Study the character of the two kings, Rehoboam and Jeroboam.
    To what factors 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 10:14-11:43

  1. Solomon was outwardly at the height of his power, wealth and fame (See 10:14-29).
    But what was going on within his heart in respects:
    (a) of his affection, and
    (b) of his relation to God (see 11:1-8)?
    Read Prov. 4: 23-27. What was God’s chief charge against him?
  2. How does the account of the events of 11:14-40 bring out God’s overruling hand?
    Cf. Dan. 4:34, 35; Ps. 135:5, 6.
    What effect should this truth have on a believing heart?
    Cf. Acts 4:23-30.

 

1 Kings 9:1-10:13

  1. Comparing 9:3 carefully with 8:29, in what two respects did God exceed Solomon’s request? Observe also the close relation between God’s promise and his commands, and between his fulfillment of his promise and man’s obedience. Cf. John 14:14, 15, 21; 15:7; 1 John 3:22.
    What do we see in today’s passage of the fulfillment to Solomon of God’s promise in 3:12, 13?
  2. In what ways is the Queen of Sheba an example to us?
    Consider the purpose of her visit, the difficulties of it, and her reward.

1 Kings 8:12-66

  1. Verse 14-21. What promise is spoken of here as having been fulfilled?
    Are there experiences in your life of which you can say ‘God… with his own hand has fulfilled what he promised with his own mouth’ (verse 15)?
    Observe how, in verses 22-53, thanksgiving for the fulfillment of the promise stimulated further prayer. What seven particular petitions did Solomon make, and on what grounds did he base his prayer?
  2. Verses 54-61. In this ‘blessing’ how did Solomon sum up Israel’s story’s?
    What two petitions did he offer, and to what ends, and what charge did he give the people? Consider how applicable his words are to ourselves.

Note.

  1. Verse 12.’Dark cloud’: there was no light in the most holy place, to symbolize the inscrutable mystery of the divine nature.
    The ark symbolized his presence in the midst of his people.
  2. Verse 16. ‘My Name’: a phrase used frequently in this chapter as signifying God in the fullness of his self-revelation.
  3. Verse 51. ‘Iron-smelting furnace’: i.e., one in which iron is smelted.
  4. Verse 65. ‘Seven days and seven days more’ i.e., seven for the dedication of the altar, and seven for the feast, as explained in 2 Chr. 7:8, 9.