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?
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.
Study the character of the two kings, Rehoboam and Jeroboam.
To what factors would you attribute the division of the kingdom?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
Verse 16. ‘My Name’: a phrase used frequently in this chapter as signifying God in the fullness of his self-revelation.
Verse 51. ‘Iron-smelting furnace’: i.e., one in which iron is smelted.
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.