Background: After all of the wisdom and wealth that God gave to King Solomon, Solomon chose to disobey God and the result was disastrous for the nation of Israel.
Ask the children…
How did Solomon disobey God?
“The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, ‘You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.’ Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway.” (1 Kings 11:2)
How did this impact Solomon’s heart?
“In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the Lord his God, as his father, David, had been.” (1 Kings 11:4)
What did God promise Solomon as a result of Solomon’s disobedience?
“So now the Lord said to him, ‘Since you have not kept my covenant and have disobeyed my decrees, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants.'” (1 Kings 11:11)
Because Solomon turned away from God, God told him that he would take away the kingdom and give it to a servant. Eventually God did just that. When Solomon died, Jeroboam the son of a servant, became king of 10 of Israel’s tribes and Solomon’s son Rehoboam was king over 2 of Israel’s tribes. So the kingdom was split and became weak and cold hearted towards God. What a disaster stemming from Solomon’s disobedience.
Ask your children if they can recall the consequences from times they were disobedient? How do they feel about that now? Encourage them to recommit to following God and enjoying the blessings of obedience and a faithful heart toward God.
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