Study 14 Presentation 

The Story also talks about five movements that take part in God’s Story: 

Movement 1: The Story of the Garden (Genesis 1-11) 

Movement 2: The Story of Israel (Genesis 12 – Malachi) 

Movement 3: The Story of Jesus (Matthew – John) 

Movement 4: The Story of the Church (Acts – Jude) 

Movement 5: The Story of a New Garden (Revelation) 

A Kingdom Torn in Two The author of 1 and 2 Kings evaluates the kings of Israel and Judah based on their relationship to God and the Covenant 

David sinned but stayed faithful to God and the Covenant – promised an everlasting kingship 

Solomon and all the kings after him lost their kingdoms through unfaithfulness 

All sins are not equal in God’s eyes 

Idolatry is the worst of the sins 

Unforgivable sin is rejecting the Holy Spirit – rejecting God 

God’s desire is for an exclusive relationship 

Demonstrated power over the gods of Egypt at the Exodus 

Formalized the exclusive relationship at Mount Sinai 

Covenant was reaffirmed by Moses and Joshua 

Jeroboam becomes the standard by which all successive kings are judged 

Sin of Jeroboam – idolatry and unfaithfulness 

Idolatry – anything takes the place of God as most important in our lives 

2007 study: The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life 

92% of American Christians believe there is a god 

Almost 90% of all Christians say religion is important in life 

Approximately 60% of Evangelical Christians believe there are other religions 

that lead to eternal life 

80% of Mainline Christians believe this 

Number is growing 

Bible is the literally the Word of God 

60% of Evangelical Christians say yes; 36% not literally or just words of man 

22% of Mainline Christians say yes; 64% say not literally or words of man 

The Texas District shared these PLI numbers with LINC-Austin 

Percentages of people who are not in Church on any given Sunday: 

40% of the Builders (age 69-89+) 

65% of the Boomers (age 50-68) 

84% of Generation X (age 35-49) 

96% of Millennial Generation (age 14-34) 

1 Kings 11:31 (ESV) 

31 And he [Ahijah the prophet] said to Jeroboam, “Take for yourself ten pieces, for thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am about to tear the kingdom from the hand of Solomon and will give you ten tribes 

Timeless Truth: Leadership Always Has Consequences 

I. Jeroboam 

A. Chosen by Solomon – rising star; in charge of forced laborers from Ephraim and Mannaseh 

B. Chosen by God – lead the Northern Kingdom; 10 tribes (Israel) 

C. Ephraimite – largest Northern tribe 

D. Fled to Egypt 

1. Solomon tries to have him killed 

2. Public knowledge 

II. Rehoboam 

A. Coronation at Shechem 

1. Central location for northern tribes 

2. Near land purchased by Abraham 

3. Knew about Jeroboam – marches through Ephraim to get to Shechem 

B. Northern delegation 

1. Led by Jeroboam 

2. Complaints 

a) Harsh labor – conscription 

b) High taxes 

C. Deliberation – three days 

1. Elders – who served Solomon 

a) Servant leadership – put the people first 

b) Favorable answer – lighten the burdens 

c) Result – the people will serve you 

2. Young Men - friends and supporters 

a) Harsh answer – arrogance, “I’m more of a man than my father” 

b) Heavier yoke 

c) Greater punishment – if you disobey 

d) Result – secession 

D. Response 

1. Diplomacy – Adoniram (forced labor leader); stoned 

2. Escape to Jerusalem 

3. Warfare – musters the southern tribes (Judah, Benjamin, maybe Simeon) 

a) Prophet Shemaiah – “Lord says, ‘Go home.’” 

III. Kingship 

A. 41 years old – when becomes king – how old were his advisors? 

B. Reigns 17 years – son of an Ammonite – one of the tribes Israel was not to intermarry 

C. Fortifies cities – west, east, and south; not north 

D. Three years following God 

1. Fourth year – falls away and leads Judah away from God 

E. Family blessings 

1. 18 wives 

2. 60 concubines 

3. 28 sons 

4. 60 daughters 

F. Wise rule 

1. Placement of sons – some throughout kingdom 

2. Successor – Abijah – chief prince, not first-born 

IV. Jeroboam I 

A. Shechem – fortifies it; makes it the capitol 

B. System of worship 

1. Two golden calves – Bethel and Dan – south and north convenience 

2. Shrines on the high places 

3. Priesthood – names his own priests; faithful Levites and other Israelites faithful to God leave to live in the southern kingdom 

4. Festival – institutes his own festivals; personally offers sacrifices – sin like Saul 

C. Miracles 

1. Prophecy – man of God sent; predicts Josiah from Judah 300 years in future 

2. Jeroboam’s hand – shriveled and paralyzed 

3. Altar – splits and ashes pour out 

4. Mercy – “pray for me, please”; hand is healed 

V. Punishment

A. No repentance – continues to appoint priests and supporting idolatry 

B. Fortifies borders 

C. Abijah becomes sick – son of Jeroboam, probably young child or teen 

D. Sends wife to Ahijah – prophet of God at Shiloh; blind 

E. Word to Jeroboam 

1. I raised you up – you should have followed Me but disobeyed 

2. I will tear you down – house of Jeroboam will be destroyed 

F. Word to wife 

1. Son will die – as soon as you step into your house; only one in whom the LORD has found anything good 

2. Sign of judgment – show the truth of God’s Word 

VI. Judah 

A. Did evil 

B. Idolatry – high places, sacred stones, Asherah poles, shrine prostitution (males) 

C. Warfare 

1. Shishak of Egypt – 5th year of Rehoboam’s reign; alliance with Egypt is over; carries off treasures from temple and palace; gold replaced with bronze 

2. Israel – continual warfare between Jeroboam and Rehoboam; though God had said not to fight 

VII. Abijah / Abijam 

A. Reigns 3 years 

B. Mother, Maacah – daughter or descendant of Absalom 

C. Ungodly king 

D. Warfare with Jeroboam 

1. Preaches – sermon about Israel’s unfaithfulness to God in front of Jeroboam and the Israelite army; decisive victory vs superior numbers 

E. Family blessings 

1. 14 wives 

2. 22 sons 

3. 16 daughters 

VIII. Asa 

A. Reigns 41 years 

B. Ten years of peace – opportunity to establish rule 

C. Ethiopian invasion – huge army; major victory from trusting in the LORD 

D. Religious reform 

1. Expelled male prostitutes 

2. Destroyed idols 

3. Deposed grandmother – Queen mother; Asherah pole 

4. Did not remove high places 

5. Dedicated silver and gold – articles Asa and Abijah had dedicated 

E. Spiritual relapse 

F. Warfare with Israel 

1. Baasha fortifies Ramah – major trade route; blocks people from entering or leaving Judah 

2. Bribery – silver and gold dedicated to God collected and given to BenHadad, King of Aram but ruling in Damascus; breaks treaty with Israel and attacks 

3. Fortifies two towns – Baasha heads north to deal with Aram; Judah strips Ramah and uses what they collected for fortifications 

G. Rebuke 

1. God sends a prophet – Asa didn’t rely on God 

2. Prophet imprisoned 

3. Harsh treatment of people 

IX. Jehoshaphat 

A. Seeks God 

B. Prosperity and peace 

X. Baasha 

A. Nadab – son of Jeroboam, reigns two years 

B. Assassination and murder – Jeroboam’s line wiped out 

C. Reigns 24 years 

D. Does evil 

E. Jehu – your family line will be destroyed the same way you destroyed the line of Jeroboam 

XI. Omri 

A. Elah – Baasha’s son, reigned 2 years, assassinated by Zimri when drunk 

B. Zimri – reigned 7 days; burns himself to death as Omri’s forces approach 

C. Tibni – sought to be king; has strong support; his death ends a possible civil war 

D. Reigns 12 years 

E. Moves capitol to Samaria – 6 years into reign 

F. Prosperity – Israel – Samaria – House of Omri 

XII. Ahab 

A. Jezebel – princess of Sidon and priestess of Ashtaroth 

B. Serves Phoenician Baal – god of fertility, storms and warfare; human sacrifice 

1. Builds a temple of Baal in Samaria 

XIII. Jericho – side note 

A. Joshua’s prophecy – at destruction of Jericho 

B. Foundation – sacrifice of firstborn son of Hiel of Bethel 

C. Gates – completion of project; sacrifice of youngest son 

XIV. Applications 

A. Called to be a holy people 

B. Leadership has consequences – good or bad 

C. Success is faithfulness to God – not worldly success 

D. Idolatry is serious – God takes it seriously 

E. Legacy – What will people remember? – Sin of Jeroboam; House of David 

2 Chronicles 11:16 (ESV) 

16 And those who had set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came after them from all the tribes of Israel to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the LORD, the God of their fathers.