Rebellion and Reformation: A History of the Divided Monarchy

July, August, September 2002

Want to learn more about Rebellion and Reformation: A History of the Divided Monarchy? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 13-part series.

Lesson 1: Rough Start (1 Kings 1)
Have you had enough of studying dragons and beasts? We now turn to the study of kings! This quarter we are essentially studying the books of First and Second Kings. Because First and Second Chronicles gives us a parallel account to Kings, we will compare Chronicles from time to time. Let's put on our armor and jump into the history of the Kings of Israel and Judah!

Lesson 2: The Wisdom of Solomon (1 Kings 2&3)
King David is dying. His son, Solomon, sits on the throne as King. David gives his final instructions to his boy, the King. Parents, if you were in David's position, what would you tell your child? Let's dive into our lesson and find out what David tells his son - the man whom we later learn from our lesson will become the wisest guy on earth.

Lesson 3: The Rise and Fall of the House of Solomon (1 Kings 4, 6, 7, & 11)
Last week we saw King Solomon off to a glorious start in his Kingdom. He was firmly in charge, he had answered "God's quiz" correctly, and God had promised him a great future and a long life - if he obeyed. This week we take a sample of how it all worked out. Let's jump into our story!

Lesson 4: The Rending of God's Nation (1 Kings 11, 12, 14)
God is displeased with King Solomon. Where will the kingdom go after Solomon dies? What kind of a king will follow Solomon? What lessons can we learn about the leading of God and the making of wise choices in our life? Let's jump into the lesson and find out!

Lesson 5: The Rise of the House of Asa (1 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 14, 15 & 16)
We are moving right along in the history of the Kings. Kings David and Solomon are dead. King Jeroboam rules the ten tribes in the North (Israel). King Rehoboam rules the one tribe in the South (Judah). Neither of them obey God and they have their problems, not the least of which is each other. Ultimately, Rehoboam dies. Then his son dies. Then Rehoboam's grandson, Asa, takes over as King of Judah. Let's find out about this new king!

Lesson 6: Apostasy in the North (1 Kings 16-19)
This week we get back to some people you probably have heard about before: Ahab, Elijah, and Jezabel. Before we get to them, let's run a quick historical line from the end of last week's lesson. Baasha was king of Israel (the ten tribes in the north). He died, his son Elah took over. Elah was killed by Zimri, a palace official who was in charge of chariots. Zimri was king for a week, and then the army revolted. The army commander, Omri, became king. Omri's son was Ahab. Let's jump into our study this week!

Lesson 7: The Good and the Bad Days of King Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 17-20)
Remember King Asa? He cleaned out all the false gods and even deposed his own grandmother because of her improper worship of false gods! God gave him a glorious victory against an enemy force because he trusted in God. At the end of his life, however, he wandered from the faith of his youth. He seemed to be annoyed with God because God had rebuked him. The Bible suggests that King Asa died of a foot ailment -- an ailment for which he did not seek God's help. This week we turn our study to Jehoshaphat, the son of Asa.

Lesson 8: Judah: From Jehoram to Joash (2 Chronicles 21, 23, 24)
How much are you influenced by the attitudes of others? How much do you influence others? What kind of influence do you have? Is it good or bad? This week our study of the Bible turns to a series of kings who seem to be heavily influenced by others. Let's jump in!

Lesson 9: The Rule of Hezekiah in Judah (2 Kings 16, 2 Chronicles 29-32)
Would you like to feel the excitement and energy of a spiritual revival? Would you like to rejoice and celebrate what God has done for you? Are family influences, or fellow church members, holding you back? This week our study is of a father and son. The son is a king who led his people into reform, revival and the celebration of the worship of God in Judah even though his father was the worst influence possible. Let's dive into our study!

Lesson 10: "Meanwhile ... Back in the North" (1 Kings 21, 2 Kings 9)
This week we bring King Ahab back to life! Seriously, the last we saw of Ahab was when he asked King Jehosophat of Judah to be his ally in the Ramoth Gilead battle. Ahab alertly suggested that Jehosophat should wear a bulls-eye while Ahab went disguised as a regular soldier. (See 2 Chronicles 18:29) Jehosophat, revealing something unsettling about his intelligence, agreed. Thanks to God's grace he survived, but Ahab died in battle. This week turn back the pages on Ahab's life to see what we can learn from his earlier days. Let's dive in!

Lesson 11: The Last Days of the Northern Kingdom (2 Kings 13 & 17)
Time is coming to an end for the Northern Kingdom called Israel. Time is also coming to an end for Elisha. This week we turn our study to these "last events" for Israel and Elisha. Let's dive in!

Lesson 12: Manasseh and the Early Days of Josiah (2 Kings 20-21, 2 Chronicles 33-34)
Have you ever read a novel which jumps all over the place? Each chapter leaps to a different person instead of telling the story in order? Our lessons have been like that. So, let's get our bearings. Israel(the ten tribes in the North)is dead. Judah (the Southern Kingdom) is staggering towards destruction. Our lessons this week and next give us the final chapters in the history of Judah. The last time we studied Judah it was doing well under King Hezekiah. Remember (2 Kings 19) King Sennacherib of Assyria marched on Judah with an army of over 185,000 men. Hezekiah turned to God and God sent an angel that destroyed Sennecherib's army. Let's pick up our study from there!

Lesson 13: The Curtain Falls on the Southern Kingdom (2 Chronicles 35-36)
Last week we ended our story with King Josiah taking the throne of Judah when he was still a boy. He instituted reforms with the result that God's written word to His people(the Pentateuch)was discovered hidden in the temple. The word of God was shared with the people, and they "took the pledge" to obey. This week we continue our study of this story. Let's dive in!

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