Bible Time Period: Divided Kingdom
Israel split into rival kingdoms and fell into idolatry: help me to choose your kingship over other loves.
In spite of the evil done by the kings of Judah, God promised in 1 Kings 15:4-5 to maintain a “lamp” for David in Jerusalem forever. This symbolizes the permanence of the Davidic dynasty in the city where God has chosen His name to dwell. The situation is different in the northern kingdom of Israel. There a long succession of kings from a number of different families and factions follows Jeroboam. The first eight of these northern kings are described in 1 Kings 15:25 – 16:34. Pay attention to the kind of men they are and to what Israel is like during their reigns.
God sent prophets to carry his message of warning and love to Israel. One of the greatest was Elijah (chs. 17-19). What is God’s message to Israel through Elijah?
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