What happens in the book?
- David’s son Solomon becomes king of the land of Israel and reigns for 40 years.
- Following Solomon’s death the kingdom is divided in two, the south (Judah) is ruled by Solomon’s son Rehoboam and the north (Israel) by a man called Jeroboam.
- Jeroboam leads Israel into idolatry and his reign is followed by other kings who follow in his footsteps and do not follow God.
- The prophets Elijah and Micaiah try to turn the heart of one of these kings, Ahab, back to God to no avail.
What happened during the reign of Solomon?
- Chapter 3 – Solomon asks God to give him wisdom.
- Chapters 5 – 8 – Solomon builds the temple in Jerusalem. It is modeled on the tabernacle.
- Chapters 9 – 10 – Solomon becomes extremely wealthy, and the Queen of Sheba comes to visit him.
- Chapter 11 – Solomon sins by marrying foreign wives, building up a great army of horses and chariots, and turning to idolatry.
- God tells Solomon he will take his kingdom away from him and it will be torn in two.
What did Elijah do during the reign of king Ahab?
- Chapter 17 – he performed a miracle for the widow of Zarephath, providing her with food to eat when she had only a handful of flour left, and also raised her son back to life following a fatal illness.
- Chapter 18 – he competes with the prophets of Baal to see whose God is the true God – and wins.
- Chapter 21 – he rebukes Ahab and his wife Jezebel for murdering Naboth and taking his vineyard.
What can we learn?
- When Israel followed God the country flourished and had wealth and peace from their enemies.
- When they departed from God the kingdom declined.
- Wealth and peace sometimes led the people to become complacent and forget God – we should never forget to thank him for our blessings and to follow Him during good times and bad.
Next time – Bitesize Book of 2 Kings!