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Israel’s History of Evil Kings

In I Samuel 8, the nation of Israel demanded that Samuel give them a king. They wanted someone who would lead them and fight their battles for them; someone who would save them from their enemies. They thought things would be better with an earthly king. They wanted some- thing more than what God had already given them. As a result, the books of Kings and Chronicles are filled with stories of how Israel was defeated because of their evil kings.

This sin of discontent was a familiar one. In Genesis, Adam and Eve were tempted and gave in to the very same sin. They thought things would be better if they ate the forbidden fruit. They wanted something more than what God had already provided for them. They, too, rejected God as their king. The consequences of their sin affected the entire human race causing all to be born with a sinful nature.

Immediately following the sin of Adam and Eve, God promised to send a Savior. He would be a King that would fight all battles and defeat all enemies. He would be a King that would always be righteous. God’s promise was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. He has all power and even conquered death. He is the one to whom all praise should be given.

He is the KING OF KINGS!

 

Screen Shot 2015-01-10 at 2.59.44 PMLast week we learned about the importance of God’s Word in our lives. It is a light that shines on the path that God wants for us to take. This means that God’s Word shows us how we should live in order to please Him.

Solomon wrote an entire book (Ecclesiastes) talking about all of the things he had accumulated and experienced in his life. Although he had great wis- dom and wealth, Solomon claimed that none of those things were important.

What did Solomon say was the only thing that mattered in life?

Fear God and keep his commandments

 

Scripture Reading

*This is the most important part of family worship. If you don’t have time to do anything else, be sure to do this section.

I Kings 16

Screen Shot 2015-01-10 at 3.01.54 PMMemory Verse : “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your fathers to obey” 2 Kings 17:13b

Talk

  1. In I Kings 16, we read about the history of Israel, the Northern Kingdom. What were the names of Israel’s kings and how many years did each one reign?

    Baasha 24 years; Elah 2 years; Zimri 7 days; Omri 12 years; Ahab 22 years

  2. Each of Israel’s kings were described in the same way. How does the Bible describe them?

    Read verses 7, 13, 19, 25, and 30. “he did evil in the eyes of the Lord”; “because of all the sins Baasha and his son Elah had committed and caused Israel to commit”; “doing evil in the eyes of the Lord”; “Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord”; “Ahab did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him”.

  3. The kings did evil and led the people to sin, so their reigns and lives were cut short..

    Read 1 Kings 15:9,14; 2 Chronicles 15:8,15,17. Asa was the king of the Southern King- dom, Judah. How does the Bible describe his reign differently than that of Israel’s kings? “Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life”; “he removed the detestable idols from the whole land of Judah”; “they sought God eagerly”

  4. Asa reigned 40 years while the Northern Kingdom had 5 different kings.

    Read 2 Chronicles 16:9a. How does it say God rewards those who are committed to Him? God gives strength to those who are fully committed to him. Asa showed his commitment by getting rid of the idols in Judah. How can we show that our hearts are fully commit- ted to God?

  5. The nation of Israel asked God to give them a king, but no king was perfect; they all failed. God had a plan to lead his people back to him. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, the one and only perfect king. Philippians 2:10-11 says, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

PRAY:

  • What ways do you not allow God to be king in your life? Confess those to God.
  • What can you work on this week to show that your heart is fully committed to God? Ask God to help you keep your commitment.
  • Praise God that He is the one and only perfect king who deserves all praise.

 

DO:

  • Ahead of time, download the crowns Unit 13 Session 1 Activity, print and cut out crowns on next pages
  • On each crown write 1-2 descriptions of that king; hang up for all to see
  • Cut out 6 circles; put either a smiley face or a frown on each circle representing each king’s rule
  • Attach faces under each crown

 

(Vista Dublin lesson January 11th, Vista Worthington Lesson, January 25th)