Parents' Corner | November 17, 2019
King Solomon loved God. He received wisdom from the Lord and was dedicated to building His temple. But early on, we see hints that Solomon’s heart was not completely devoted to God. He married foreign wives who turned Solomon’s heart away from God. (1 Kings 11:4)
Solomon gradually abandoned what he had believed. Israel had a history of turning away from God, and Solomon was no exception.
God was angry with Solomon. He had warned him twice not to turn to false gods. God planned to punish Solomon’s sin by taking the kingdom away from his family.
God was going to take the kingdom from Solomon’s son Rehoboam—every tribe except for one. God graciously left one tribe for Rehoboam, keeping the promise He made to David. (See 2 Sam. 7:16.)
God raised up enemies against Solomon. He set apart one of Solomon’s servants, Jeroboam, to become leader over 10 tribes of Israel. Parts of the tribe of Benjamin followed Jeroboam, and some followed Rehoboam. When Solomon died, all of Israel gathered to make Rehoboam their new king. They asked Rehoboam to lighten the burden of service Solomon had given them, but Rehoboam refused. In fact, he promised to make their work even harder.
Israel rebelled against Rehoboam and made Jeroboam king. Only the tribe of Judah stayed with Rehoboam. So the kingdom was divided into two kingdoms—the Northern Kingdom was called Israel (ruled by Jeroboam) and the Southern Kingdom was called Judah (ruled by Rehoboam).
Every king failed to lead God’s people perfectly. God had a plan to send them a better king, a perfect king. God would use the house of David—the single tribe He reserved for Rehoboam—to bring into the world His Son, Jesus, to become King over all of God’s people forever and lead them back to God.
Family Ministry Pastor
The Well Community Church
Family Starting Points
November 17, 2019
Scripture Memory: Revelation 1:8
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Big Picture Question:
Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
Bible Story: Solomon’s Sin Divided the Kingdom (1 Kings 11-12)
- Solomon’s wives led him to worship false gods.
- God split the kingdom because of Solomon’s sin.
- Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, led the kingdom of Judah.
- Jeroboam, Solomon’s servant, led the kingdom of Israel.
Family Discussion Starters:
- How did each king mess up?
- Tell about a time someone led you to do something wrong.
- Tell about a time you had to suffer because someone else made a wrong choice.
- Play a game as a family. Talk about how even though you are playing against each other, you are still one family.
- Invite several families from your neighborhood to a family game night.
- Solomon Thought About Life (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11)