First United Methodist Church of Conway, South Carolina
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Week 14

Annotated Reading Guide
1 Kings 12 – 2 Kings 5
Mar 29: 1 Kings 12-14 
 1 Kings 12 Rehoboam and Jeroboam
     After Solomon’s death the kingdom is divided – north (Israel) and south (Judah). Jeroboam, a former servant of Solomon, is the first king of Israel. Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, is the first king of Judah. The badness of subsequent kings of Israel will be compared to Jeroboam, while the goodness of kings of Judah will be compared to David. 
Jeroboam had four transgressions. (1) He set up rival places of worship to Jerusalem – at Dan in northern israel and Bethel in southern Israel. Each had a golden calf.  (2) He set up shrines at high places. (3) He appointed priests from families other than the Levites. (4) He established an alternate religious festival. (God established the festivals.)
     12:11 scorpions were metal-tipped whips.
 1 Kings 13 A “man of God” from Judah
     13:2 Josiah will reign in Judah 300 years after Jeroboam.
 1 Kings 14 The End of Jeroboam – the Reign of Rehoboam
     14:25-29 Note the reversal of fortune from Solomon’s reign – gold shields are replaced by bronze.
 
Mar 30:  1 Kings 15-16 Kings:
          Abijam and Asa of Judah
          Nadab, Baasha, Elah, Zimri, Omri and Ahab of Israel
     15:11 Asa is the first “good” king in the divided monarchy.
     16:21-28 After 6 years of civil war, Omri becomes king of Israel. Although they are not praised in the Bible, other ancient sources report that Omri and Ahab were significant rulers.
     16:34 When Jericho is rebuilt the curse placed by Joshua (Josh. 6:26) is realized.
 
Mar 31:  1 Kings 17-19 Elijah
     Read and enjoy these stories about Elijah. As you read, notice the significant parallels between Elijah and Moses!
 
Apr 1:  1 Kings 20-21 Ahab – Foreign and Domestic Failures
     20 Notice how God provides protection, but Ahab still fails to trust God for the future.
     21 Ahab covets Naboth’s field which leads to murder. Confronted, even Ahab is contrite.
 
Apr 2:  1 Kings 22 The End of Ahab, more Kings
     Notice the instability of Israel. Jehoshaphat is the 4th king of Judah. Ahaziah is the 8th king of Israel (the 3rd king in the 4th dynasty!).
 
Apr 3:  2 Kings 1-2 Elijah and Elisha
     Elijah’s prophet line continues through Elisha.
     2:11 Like Enoch, who “walked with God,” (Genesis 5:21-24) Elijah is taken to heaven alive.
     Hints of things to come:
        2:9 a double portion of Elijah’s spirit (watch for similar experiences)
        2:13-14 parting the Jordan River - like Moses (Red Sea), Joshua (Jordan River), Elijah (Jordan River), then Elisha (Jordan River).
        2:19-22 Sweetening the water (remember Exodus 15:23-25 – Moses sweetens bitter water at Marah)
        2:23-25 the bears (don’t mess with God’s appointed)
 
Apr 4:  2 Kings 3-5 Stories of Elisha
     Read and enjoy! Note the parallels to the life of Elijah.