The Story:
Discussing Chapter 14

by Living Springs Community Church on February 14, 2016

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“The Story” is an opportunity to experience the Bible in its chronological order. The Living Springs family is reading The Story together during the week, and our Sunday messages will help us process and apply what we’ve been reading. If you are in a group or family that is studying The Story together, you can use the questions below to spark discussion.

Chapter 14: A Kingdom Torn in Two

Based on 1 Kings 12–16:

  • Division of the kingdom
  • King Jeroboam 1 of Israel reigns
  • King Rehoboam of Judah reigns
  • King Ahab of Israel reigns
  • King Jehoshaphat of Judah reigns

Breaking the ice

What kind of person are you most likely to ask advice from—someone a lot like you, someone quite different from you, whoever is close by?

Digging in

Solomon, whose name means peace, found peace slipping away during the final years of his reign. His son Rehoboam was to take his place as ruler of Israel, but Rehoboam followed rash advice rather than the wisdom of the elders. He chose a leadership style that relied on bullying rather than compassion, and the nation revolted. Ten tribes took the name Israel and made Jeroboam their king. Rehoboam was left to rule only the tribe of Judah.

Israel’s history became a story of idolatrous kings and unhappy people. But God’s faithfulness to His promises leads Him to reach out and redirect His children. The era of the kings inaugurates a path to the King of Kings, who would redeem every age from everlasting to everlasting.

Reflecting

  1. How can you tell when advice is good or bad?
  2. The split of Israel and Judah led to continual warfare for hundreds of years. What issues divide God’s people today?
  3. Under King Rehoboam, the people of Judah “engaged in all the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.” The idolatry of the culture had become the idolatry of God’s people. In what ways are God’s people today similar to the culture all around us?
  4. Why does God allow evil leaders to rule over His people?
  5. In this chapter, what is the standard for a good king? What kind of standards are you setting for the generations that will follow you?

Praying

Pray for your leaders—in local governments as well as national.

 

For next week…

Chapter 15: God’s Messengers

Based on 1 Kings 17–21; 2 Kings 2, 4, 6; Hosea 4, 5, 8, 9, 14; Amos 1, 3, 4, 5, 9:

  • Elijah’s ministry in Israel
  • Elisha’s ministry in Israel
  • Amos’ ministry in Israel
  • Hosea’s ministry in Israel
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