I KINGS 11:1-14 STUDY, 02.07.19
PRACTICE IDENTIFYING THEMES, PRINCIPLES, HOW GOD WORKS, BASED ON HIS WORD
TODAY, AND FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS, WE ARE GOING TO STUDY A BLOCK OF SCRIPTURE THAT ILLUSTRATES, DEMONSTRATES, & IDENTIFIES ASPECTS OF HOW GOD WORKS, EMBODIED IN PRINCIPLES, & EMBRACED WITHIN THEMES.
PLEASE STUDY THE FOLLOWING PASSAGES, THEN PROCEED TO MENTORING CORNER’S STUDY GUIDE:
1 Kings 11:1-14, Contemporary English Version (CEV)
11 1-2 The Lord did not want the Israelites to worship foreign gods, so he had warned them not to marry anyone who was not from Israel.
Solomon loved his wife, the daughter of the king of Egypt. But he also loved some women from Moab, Ammon, and Edom, and others from Sidon and the land of the Hittites.
3-4 Seven hundred of his wives were daughters of kings, but he also married three hundred other women.
As Solomon got older, some of his wives led him to worship their gods. He wasn’t like his father David, who had worshiped only the Lord
5 Solomon also worshiped Astarte the goddess of Sidon, and Milcom the disgusting god of Ammon.
6 Solomon’s father had obeyed the Lord with all his heart, but Solomon disobeyed and did what the Lord hated.
7 Solomon built shrines on a hill east of Jerusalem to worship Chemosh the disgusting god of Moab, and Molech the disgusting god of Ammon.
8 In fact, he built a shrine for each of his foreign wives, so all of them could burn incense and offer sacrifices to their own gods.
9-10 The Lord God of Israel had appeared to Solomon two times and warned him not to worship foreign gods. But Solomon disobeyed and did it anyway. This made the Lord very angry,
11 and he said to Solomon:
You did what you wanted and not what I told you to do. Now I’m going to take your kingdom from you and give it to one of your officials. 12 But because David was your father, you will remain king as long as you live. I will wait until your son becomes king, then I will take the kingdom from him. 13 When I do, I will still let him rule one tribe, because I have not forgotten that David was my servant and Jerusalem is my city.
14 Hadad was from the royal family of Edom, and here is how the Lord made him Solomon’s enemy:
CEV (I have selected the CEV for purposes of facilitating ease of reading, understanding, & studying, as we will be reading, re-reading, & perhaps re-reading yet again in the next 2 days. This will make it easier).
TODAY’S QUESTIONS WILL MAINLY INVOLVE AN OVERVIEW, FOCUSSING ON THE BIG PICTURE – THE OVERALL THEME & PRINCIPLE; THEN WE WILL ZERO IN ON MORE SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF EACH.
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