Even though Solomon asked for wisdom and was a great king in the beginning, he gradually abandoned what he had believed. He failed to lead God’s people perfectly, as did every other king before and after him. But God had a plan to send the Israelites a better king, a perfect king. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is God divided Israel into two kingdoms because Solomon sinned.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from 1 Kings 11-12. This story can be found on page 90 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
King Solomon loved God, but he did not love God with his whole heart. Solomon’s wives turned him away from God. Solomon began to worship the false gods that his wives worshiped. Solomon even built shrines where his wives could worship the false gods.
This made God angry. God said to Solomon, “Since you have done this, I will take the kingdom away from you. You will be king the rest of your life, but when your son becomes king, he will lose everything except for one tribe.”
Now God planned to make Solomon’s official, Jeroboam the king of most of Israel. When Solomon died, his son Rehoboam became king. The people told Rehoboam, “Your father, Solomon, made us work too hard. We will gladly serve you if you make our work easier.”
Rehoboam thought about it and asked his friends for advice. Then he replied, “My father, Solomon, did not make you work hard enough! I’ll make you work even harder!”
God’s people did not want to serve a king like Rehoboam, so they made Jeroboam king. Only one tribe remained under Rehoboam’s rule, and that was the southern tribe of Judah.
Now Jeroboam was the king of Israel. Jeroboam made two golden calves and made an announcement to the northern tribes. “It is very inconvenient for you to travel all the way to Jerusalem to worship at the temple,” he said. “Look! These golden calves are the gods who brought your ancestors out of Egypt. You can worship them.”
What Jeroboam did was a sin! Those calves did not lead God’s people out of Egypt; God led His people out of Egypt. Jeroboam led all the people in worship to the false gods.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Who led Solomon to turn away from God? (his wives)
- What did God tell Solomon? (his son would be king of only one tribe)
- Did Solomon’s son Rehoboam tell the people he would make their work easier or harder? (harder)
- Whom did the people make king? (Jeroboam)
- What did Jeroboam make for the people to worship? (golden calves)
- How many wives did Solomon have? (hundreds of wives from other nations)
- What did Solomon’s wives encourage him to do? (turn away from God to worship idols)
- What did God say He would do because Solomon turned away from Him? (God would take away Solomon’s kingdom and give it to Solomon’s servant, but He would do it when Solomon’s son became king)
- What mistake did Rehoboam make? (he made the people work harder)
- What sin did Jeroboam commit to keep people in the Northern Kingdom from returning to Judah? (Jeroboam made two golden calves for the people to worship)
- Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
No king led God’s people perfectly. Solomon sinned, and Israel was divided between two kings. God’s people needed a perfect king. God would send His own Son, Jesus, to be King. Jesus is a perfect King who brings God’s people together.
King Solomon failed to lead God’s people perfectly. God’s people needed a better king, a perfect king! Through David’s family, God would send His own Son, Jesus Christ, to be a perfect King over God’s people forever. Jesus brings His people together and leads them back to God.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, praise God that He is wise and that He gives us wisdom through His Word. Ask Him to give you wisdom this week. Thank God for drawing us near to Him in spite of our sin. Ask God to change your heart to love and obey Him everyday.