1 Kings Introduction: Part 1

First and Second Kings were originally one book and, according to Jewish tradition, were probably written by the prophet Samuel.

Chapter 1 tells us that King David was very old. He appointed his son Solomon to succeed him as king of Israel. Before his death, David summoned Solomon and advised him to walk in God's ways. ''Be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go'” (2:2-3).

After David's death, Solomon prayed to the Lord and asked for wisdom to govern the people and distinguish between right and wrong (3:7-9). This pleased God and He gave Solomon a discerning heart to make wise decisions. This wisdom is shown in Solomon's ruling concerning the two women who both claimed the same baby was theirs (vv. 16-28). Wisdom keeps us walking with the Lord.

In chapter 5 Solomon made preparations for building the Temple. Although David wanted to build the Temple, God did not allow him to do so. However, He enabled David's son Solomon to build the Temple and complete it (6:14).

In chapter 8 we are told that Solomon had the priests bring the Ark of the Covenant to the Temple, and Solomon dedicated the Temple to the Lord.

The Lord told Solomon that if he would walk before God in integrity of heart and do all that God commanded him to do, then he would always have a descendant on the throne of Israel (9:1-9).

'King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women . . . from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, 'You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.' Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love” (11:1-2). Solomon had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. His wives led him astray and turned his heart away from the Lord, and he led Israel into idolatry. Solomon lost his focus on the duties of the Lord and turned his heart to the flesh.

Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, David and Solomon had their weaknesses, just as we do. God used these people and they did great things, but they were still just men of flesh.

The Lord raised up against Solomon two adversaries: Hadad the Edomite and Rezon son of Eliada (11:14-23). 'Also, Jeroboam son of Nebat rebelled against the king” (11:26). Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam, but Jeroboam fled to Egypt and stayed there until Solomon's death.

Solomon ruled over Israel for forty years and was laid to rest in the city of his father. His son Rehoboam succeeded him as king. There was much corruption in the land, and Israel split into two kingdoms. The Northern Kingdom, Israel, was made up of ten tribes, and the Southern Kingdom, Judah, was made up of two tribes, Judah and Benjamin. Rehoboam ruled over the Southern Kingdom, and Jeroboam ruled over the Northern Kingdom. The Northern Kingdom lasted about two hundred years; the Southern Kingdom lasted about three hundred years.

Many details are included in 1 Kings that cannot be covered here. Be sure to read the entire book. Remember, God's Word is living and will give us knowledge and inspiration.

Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.

1 Kings, Part 1, Worksheet
Warren Simmons

First and Second Kings were originally ___ book and were probably written by the prophet ______.
Solomon asked the Lord for wisdom to ______ the people and ___________ between right and wrong (3:7-9).
This pleased God and He gave Solomon a discerning heart to make ____ decisions (3:12).
This wisdom is shown in Solomon's ruling concerning the two _____ who both claimed the same ____ was theirs (3:16-28).
Although _____ wanted to build the Temple, God did not allow him to do so. However, He enabled David's son _______ to build the Temple and complete it (6:14).
In chapter 8 we are told that Solomon had the _______ bring the Ark of the Covenant to the Temple, and Solomon _________ the Temple to the Lord.
The Lord told Solomon that if he would walk before God in _________ of heart and do all that God commanded him to do, then he would always have a descendant on the ______ of Israel (9:1-9).
King Solomon had _____ hundred wives and _____ hundred concubines (11:3).
His wives led him ______ and turned his heart after other ____ and away from the Lord (11:4).
The Lord raised up against Solomon: _____ the Edomite and _____ son of Eliada (11:14-23).
'Also, ________ son of Nebat rebelled against the king” (11:26).
Solomon ruled over Israel for _____ years and was laid to rest in the city of his father (11:42-43).
Israel split into two kingdoms: The Northern Kingdom, Israel, was made up of ___ tribes, and the Southern Kingdom, Judah, was made up of ___ tribes.
________ ruled over the Southern Kingdom, and ________ ruled over the Northern Kingdom.

Memory Verse: 'Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD'S purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).

1 Kings, Part 1
Go to the Word

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

    1 Kings 14:22    1 Kings 9:10-11    1 Kings 6:19     1 Kings 3:1
    1 Kings 10:18    1 Kings 1:31           1 Kings 11:9    1 Kings 5:10

'Then _________ bowed low with her face to the ground and, kneeling             1 Kings ______
before the king, said, 'May my lord King _____ live forever!'”

'Solomon made an ________ with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married his        1 Kings ______
daughter.”

'He prepared the inner _________ within the temple to set the ark of the            1 Kings ______
covenant of the LORD there.”

'Then the king made a great ______ inlaid with ivory and overlaid with                1 Kings ______
fine gold.”

'Judah did ____ in the eyes of the LORD. By the sins they committed they          1 Kings ______
stirred up his _______ anger more than their fathers had done.”

'At the end of ______ years, during which _______ built these two                        1 Kings ______
buildings—the temple of the LORD and the royal palace—King Solomon
gave twenty towns in _______ to Hiram king of Tyre.”

'In this way _____ kept Solomon supplied with all the cedar and pine logs           1 Kings ______
he wanted.”

'The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away       1 Kings ______
from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had ________ to him twice.”