Overview of 1Kings

6 Nov 2018 Book of 1Kings

11th book of the BIBLE, Old Testament and 6th among the 12 historical books

1 Kings covers the 120 year period

The united Kingdom was divided to become the Divided Kingdom.

Northern Kingdom of Israel – 10 tribes.

Southern Kingdom of Judah – 2 tribes.

Four major events in 1 Kings:

David’s death

Solomon’s reign

The division of the Kingdom

Elijah’s ministry.

1 Kings is a record of disobedience, idolatry, and ungodliness which serve as an explanation for the Assyrian Captivity of Israel in 721 B.C. and the Babylonian Captivity of Judah some 135 years later in 586 B.C

The divided kingdom brought:

Two nations

Two sets of kings

Continual strife and conflict, sometimes resulting in war.

The northern kingdom is plagued by apostasy.

Of all the northern and southern kings listed in 1 Kings, only Asa (15:9-24) and Jehoshaphat (22:41-50) do what is right in God’s eyes

Solomon’s great request: 1 Kings 3:9