The Kingdom is Divided (1 Kings 11-12)

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Sunday with your kids

Lesson summary: A divided heart leads to a divided life.

In our bible story we learned:
    1.   Solomon loves the world
    2.  God disciplines Solomon in mercy
    3.  Rehoboam was foolish in his pride

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Where is Jesus?

How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?

1 Kings 11:13 - "However, I will not tear away all the kingdom, but I will give one tribe to your son, for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem that I have chosen.”

Even though God judged Solomon for worshiping false gods, there was hope in God’s punishment. God gave Solomon good news mixed with the bad news. The bad news was that God was taking the kingdom away from Solomon, but the good news was that he promised not to do it until Solomon’s son was king. And even then God promised not to take all of Israel away, but to allow Solomon’s son to be king over one tribe.

God did this for the sake of David and for the sake of Jerusalem. You see, God had promised David that he would have a son on the throne forever. So even though Solomon disobeyed God, he remained on the throne so God could keep his promise to David.

Jesus, one of Solomon’s far-off grandchildren, is the ultimate way God kept that promise. By saving the tribe of Judah (the tribe Jesus came from) and allowing Solomon to remain on the throne, God kept his promise to David and opened the way for the good news of the gospel to come to us all.


Family Discipleship - "Time" in the Home

We are on week 61 which starts on page 408 in the Long Story Short devotional. Take a look below of the topics of each day this week to prepare you for your time with your family.

  • Day 1: Obedience to God's Word
  • Day 2: Needed wisdom
  • Day 3: Good news for Solomon and us
  • Day 4: Listen to your parents
  • Day 5: God keeps His promises

Pray about it! Thank God for the good news of the gospel: Jesus died on the cross for our sin and then rose again so we can live forever in heaven with him.


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Scripture memory - September

Check out the highlighted portion on the bookmark below to see what we will recite in our Gathering Sunday, October 7th.

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Aaron Cotton