Episode 9: The Kingdom Split

Break the Ice

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Bring the Word

Read 1 Kings 11:29-37 

  • Why is God dividing Israel?
  • There are the 12 tribes of Israel. Jeroboam is promised 10 and God promises to leave one with Solomon’s son. Why does God leave one tribe to Solomon’s son?
  • Why do you think there is one tribe of Israel left out?
  • What thoughts come to mind whenever the Bible mentions Israel’s sin of worshiping other gods? 
  • What is our equivalent of worshiping other gods? And does that change the way you view Israel’s sin?

Read 2 Chronicles 9:30-10:7

  • Are Jeroboam and Israel reasonable in their request? Why or why not?
  • In Israel’s eyes, what are the pros and cons of having a new king?
  • What do you think it says about Jeroboam that he offers to serve Rehoboam if he grants the request of the people?
  • What do you think about the advice that Rehoboam gets from the counselors?

Read 2 Chronicles 10:8-11

  • What do you think about the advice he gets from the young men?
  • Why would Rehoboam take the advice of inexperienced men rather than experienced men?

Bring it Home

Read Proverbs 13:20

  • How could Rehoboam recognize what is wise and what is foolish advice?
  • Can advice be neither wise nor foolish, just okay advice?
  • If so, what should we do with okay advice?
  • How can you separate wise advice and foolish advice in your own life?

Read 2 Chronicles 10:12-17

  • What is the outcome of Rehoboam’s response to Israel?

Read 2 Timothy 4:2-4

  • Do you think these verses applies to Rehoboam?
  • How do we as Christians know what we are hearing is wise or unwise advice?
  • How can we pray for you?

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