1 Kings 17:1-7 – Elijah’s Story Begins

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A dove sitting on a present with a pretty bow with the words from 1 Cor. 14:31, "You May All Prophesy"

It will be helpful to know that Elijah is the first of several important prophets that God will use to bring messages to his people in both Israel and Judah (northern and southern kingdoms). Elijah is from Gilead (Israel) so he reports to his king, Ahab.

We’ve already seen how the kings of the north have all been evil and corrupt. For years, there were some in Israel who remained faithful to the God of Abraham who had brought them out of bondage in Egypt. They have lived under leaders who flaunt an entirely different spirituality, totally ignoring the God of their inheritance.

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1 Kings 16:1-34 – How Can It Get Worse?

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stormy sky with lightening

We are walking through some very dark days in the history of Israelite leadership. Each new king seems to be worse than the one before. How is that even possible?

Meanwhile, we must assume that because Judah’s king, Asa, is following God, everything is going well over there. The remnant of the Israelite people living in Judah and Benjamin are living lives that are more pleasing to God, honoring him with their obedience.

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1 Kings 15:1-32 – Moving On

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lighthouse overlooking a bay, with a sunset in the background

This passage will take us onward from Rehoboam and Jeroboam. Starting with the new king in Judah, the southern kingdom, we have Rehoboam’s son, Abijam. We know Jeroboam’s reign was 22 years from a previous reading, so Abijam steps up when Jeroboam still has four years left in the northern kingdom.

If you’re a visual person like me, you might want to find a chart or something that gives the timelines of these kings and how they overlap. Interesting fact here–Abijam is related to two sons of King David – his mother’s relative was Absalom and his father’s relative was Solomon.

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1 Kings 14:21-31 – Not Much of a King

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We’ll close out Rehoboam’s reign in this reading. Apparently, we’ve been spared the gory details of the ongoing war between the kingdoms of Rehoboam and Jeroboam. If we were expecting a historical study, we’re finding the First Book of Kings gives us only a glimpse into that moment in history. More emphasis, at least to this point, has been on allegiance to God (or lack thereof).

Who or what is getting the people’s attention? Sadly, it’s not God. Rehoboam leadership was not reliant on God, and the people followed their leader. “During Rehoboam’s reign, the people of Judah did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, provoking his anger with their sin, for it was even worse than that of their ancestors.”

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1 Kings 14:1-20 – Hiding from God

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person peering out between the crack in some boards as if hiding from sight

Do you think anyone can hide from God’s watchful eye? For some, we are comforted by the thought that God cares for us that much to be mindful of us. Others may be terrified because of the guilt they feel for living a life that is not pleasing to God.

Do you think that’s what was happening to Jeroboam? He was king because God had spoken it so through the prophet. So, now that Jeroboam wants to make contact with God, he sends his wife in disguise. It reminded me of Adam and Eve trying to cover themselves up in the garden after they had sinned against God.

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