1&2 Kings

THE ADVENTURE OF THE KINGS CONTINUES & ENDS

We've survived the intrigue of the books of 1 & 2 Samuel but don't worry, it doesn’t stop there. Keep going as we venture into the third and fourth books of this series, the story of King Solomon and the beginning of the two Kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Watch as Solomon begins with a strong heart towards God as he builds the extravagant Temple for God, becomes the wisest man on earth and then feel your heart break as you watch him, unfortunately, turn from God. Experience the heartache as the Kingdom of David is divided into two and we begin the journey of two Kingdoms: Israel and Judah, and the kings that either follow God or don’t. Finish in sadness as the Kingdoms are taken captive, and the people are sent into exile. This is our history, the good and the bad. As you get involved and adventure through, you will be inspired and warned in your life today.

 

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

 
 

 

Part One

do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go.

1k 2:3

Did you know that 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings were originally considered one text? Follow on as the story continues and we get to know the heart of David and the heart of Solomon. This amazing text covers 500 years of history and you are going to love it.


DIVE

ARE WE EMBARRASSED ABOUT THE GOD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT?

What impacts me the most as I read the Old Testament, and especially Kings, is how long-suffering our God is. This is years and years of documented focused history. As we learnt in the Snapshot video this week, over 500 years of history. The author has written these accounts for anyone living after these times, wanting them to know that our God is long-suffering and patient in His covenant agreement. This book is meant to be used as a warning and encouragement to all who read it. The author has not given us a full historical account of the time but a focused historical account, meaning he has highlighted specific people and situations in that 500 year period that show us what to do and what not to do. So write in your margins when you see both of these and take note!

 

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DEEP DIVE

RIGHT OR WRONG? | RYAN KERRISON

The Books of 1 & 2 Kings contain some of the worse, most evil rulers in the Old Testament canon. However, God remains faithful, not only to provide a remnant but to turn poor situations into a place of grace, prophecy and revival. The plight of the disintegrating kingdom raises the question of morality. This question of morality is one that occupies much discussion within scholarship, both sacred and secular. The ontological (foundational) source of morality itself tends to function as the focal point of the debate; wherein, depending on the worldview, a deistic being may or may not exist. It is into this area that this Deep Dive will attempt to speak, or at least develop a framework for engaging with those intrigued by this topic, and building a case for the curious believer.

 

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Part Two

and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the lord filled his temple.

1k 8:11

This second Snapshot takes a look at how we relate the history found in these Books to our lives today. God is mentioned 500 times in these books. Why? Because He is the central theme. This is a glimpse at Father God looking down on his kingdom saying "you are reflecting me."


DIVE

THE PROPHET AND THE KING

An important theme that I want you to notice in the Books of 1 & 2 Kings is the relationship between the Prophet and the King, as prophecy plays a big part in these books.  A great way to read them is with a timeline of The Kings and Prophets with you. There are so many different styles to be found, whether in books or on the internet, just like the one below, so find one that visually works for you and save it, so you can refer back to it as you read these books.

 

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DEEP DIVE

LESSONS FROM HISTORY | NATHAN ROSS

As you read through the Book of 1 and 2 Kings, you’ll recognize its genre as historical narrative. That is, these books tell the story of the people of Israel as events occurred in this time. You will notice an extensive amount of dates, names, places etc. But while you are traversing through these historical accounts, we need to remind ourselves that the author was writing to record the history of his people, yes, but more importantly, he wrote to record the lessons of history. This week’s deep dive aims to firstly assist you as a reader to navigate these books that are often considered complex. Secondly, we hope to help you to recognize how and why such accounts are important to us today – even though we are set 2,500+ years later.

 

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Part Three

and i will live among the israelites and will not abandon my people israel.

1k 6:13


DIVE

WHEN ONE BECOMES TWO

There are so many heartbreaking moments in the Books of 1 & 2 Kings that I can’t honestly say which one is the worst; the sin of Jeroboam worshipping the Golden Calf, the worship of Baal throughout the text? One moment can be quickly overlooked as an insignificant blip on the radar, but I want you to know the true significance of this moment and how it impacts not only the rest of 1 & 2 Kings and Chronicles, but the entire the Old Testament.

So what am I talking about? I wish I was talking about a beautiful moment of marriage but unfortunately, I am not! I’m talking about the division of the Kingdoms from one Kingdom into two in 1 Kings. This is our third part in the book of Kings, so I realise you have read beyond this, but allow me to recap so I can show you the significance of this event and how it impacts what you are reading from that moment on.

 

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DEEP DIVE

SALVATION HISTORY IN KINGS | RYAN KERRISON

In a text like Kings, the over-arching motivation and plan of the sovereign God can be pulled a little out of focus. This Deep Dive’s aim is to relocate the salvation story within the wider historical narrative and to gather some of the scarlet threads together through the old covenant into the New.

As we jump into this topic, it is vital to remember the very reason God has established this nation: to bring blessing into the world through His people’s participation in the covenant the Lord made with Abraham. This mission is infused into the Hebrew Scriptures, no matter the circumstances.

 

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