Questions for August 3 Bible Study : 1 Kings 12-14
Bible Study, August 3, 2017
1 Kings 12-14
This passage is a hard one to read. It is full of infighting, war, and the dissolution of a unified Israel. As you read, look for what the author of Kings is teaching us for how to get along better as those who live in the kingdom of God.
- Jeroboam was very critical of Solomon’s opulent lifestyle (chapter 11). He tried to divide Israel into southern and northern kingdoms, with him as the king of the northern tribes. Are there ever times that it is permissible for God’s people to be divided?
- Rehoboam refused to treat his subjects justly and it caused the kingdoms to split in two. Have you ever struggled to act with compassion when you were in a position of power?
- Rehoboam wanted to fight the people of the northern kingdom, but God said no (12:21-24). When have you needed to keep quiet in the midst of a quarrel in order to find a deeper peace?
- There is a sense in which these passages outline a civil war of sorts in the biblical world with the north seceding from the south. Do you see any way that this could have been avoided?
- The Levites were the only tribe to be allowed to priests. In the United Methodist Church, we still uphold that only members of the “priesthood” can perform certain religious duties (baptism and communion). Looking at the story, can you see any reasons that this might be?
- Chapter 14 ends in a very depressing fashion. If you had to explain to a child who was alive at that time where they might find hope for the future, what would say to them?