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1 Kings 17-18: Elijah and Ahab

In the biblical narrative, as we observe the movement from Monarchy to Exile, from blessing to slavery, God’s people decline further and further away from him. Central to Israel’s decline is the interaction between God’s prophets and the Kings, to whom they were sent with God’s word. Even as God sends Elijah to confront King Ahab in 1 Kings 17-18, we observe the hard-heartedness of both the king and his people and we consider how we might defend our own hearts from such decline.

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1 Kings 12-13: Jeroboam

In the biblical narrative, as we observe the movement from Monarchy to Exile, from blessing to slavery, God’s people decline further and further away from him. In the case of King Jeroboam of Israel, we see his outrageous attempt to ‘use’ God to fortify his own power. In response, we consider our own ‘use’ of power.

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1 Kings 11-12: Rehoboam

In the latter part of King Solomon’s reign, things turn sour as he gives his heart to many foreign wives, and as he mixes his worship of God with the worship of the many foreign gods of his many foreign wives. In the biblical narrative, this begins the movement from Monarchy to Exile, from blessing to slavery. This begins the terrible Decline. And the rule of Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, only serves to accelerate this Decline.

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1 Kings 10-11: Pride and Fall

King Solomon receives the throne of David amidst great expectations– what kind of King will he become? Will he live up to the great promises given to David regarding his offspring? Certainly God lives up to his promises as, in 1 Kings 8, Solomon dedicates the Temple in an extensive prayer for mercy and covenant love. But ultimately, Solomon’s heart is compromised and he turns away from God and his ways. The consequences are tragic.

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1 Kings 8:22-65 Solomon’s Prayer

King Solomon receives the throne of David amidst great expectations– what kind of King will he become? Will he live up to the great promises given to David regarding his offspring? Certainly God lives up to his promises as, in 1 Kings 8, Solomon dedicates the Temple in an extensive prayer for mercy and covenant love.

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1 Kings 8:1-21 The Temple Dedication

King Solomon receives the throne of David amidst great expectations– what kind of King will he become? Will he live up to the great promises given to David regarding his offspring? Certainly God lives up to his promises as, in 1 Kings 8, Solomon dedicates the Temple built for God’s Name in Jerusalem.

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1 Kings 3: Wisdom to Rule

King Solomon receives the throne of David amidst great expectations– what kind of King will he become? Will he live up to the great promises given to David regarding his offspring? 1 Kings 3 reveals Solomon’s character through his first actions and decisions as King.

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1 Kings 1-2: Transition

King Solomon receives the throne of David amidst great expectations– what kind of King will he become? Will he live up to the great promises given to David regarding his offspring? In these first two chapters of 1 King we see the transition of power, from David to Solomon.

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The Decline– part 4: Elijah

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What are the causes of Israel’s spiritual decline in the books of 1 and 2 Kings? In the fourth part of our series on “The Decline from Monarchy to Exile”, Stuart Holman looks at the role of the prophets. Their messages were powerful, urgent and important. And they were ignored. How can the Christian defend themselves from the spiritual decline that begins with ignoring God’s word?