1. LESSON: Review & Kings of Israel (1 Kings 15: 25-16:28)
- In the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at the kings of Judah who ruled over the Southern Kingdom (2 tribes): (use actions to reinforce and review)
- Rehoboam: Not a servant king
(actions: an “X” sign with hands then open palms for “serving”)
Proud and refused to serve the people. As a result, his father’s kingdom was split into 2 — Judah (2 tribes) and Israel (10 tribes).
Jesus is our servant King who came to give us rest.
- Abijah: Relied on God for victory
(actions: do V for victory sign with fingers)
God gave him victory over Jeroboam (who tried to ambush Abijah with double the number of troops) because of His covenant with David.
Because of His New Covenant with Jesus, God fights our battles for us and gives us victory!
- Asa: Trust in God or trust in
(actions: stand on 1 foot and lean to one side; ie who are you leaning on?)
When Asa trusted in God, God gave him victory over the Egyptian king and his mighty army. But when threatened by King Baasha, Asa decided to rely on himself and formed his own alliances, instead of trusting God.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
- Today, we will look at 5 more kings of Israel (Northern Kingdom; 10 tribes) and see how they fared.
- Generally, all the kings of Israel didn’t follow God. They did evil and led the people to worship idols. It was a vicious cycle with each new king. And there were always wars and unrest as a result.