The Book of 1 KINGS - Narrated by David Suchet
Updated: Dec 17, 2022
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As King David approaches death, he anoints his son, Solomon, to reign as king (1 Kings 1:30). Solomon starts off well, asking the Lord for wisdom (1 Kings 3:7-8), but soon disobeys God by marrying foreign women (1 Kings 11:3), worshipping foreign gods (1 Kings 11:7-8), accumulating massive amounts of possessions (1 Kings 10:14-29), and conscripting his fellow Israelites into slavery (1 Kings 9:15), all in direct defiance of the written word of God. Because of this, after his death the Lord tore the kingdom out of his son’s hand (1 Kings 11:11-13) and the people of Israel divide into two nations, the northern kingdom (Israel) and the southern kingdom (Judah) (1 Kings 12).
Both kingdoms degenerate into idolatry (1 Kings 12:25-33; 1 Kings 14:22-24), however Judah occasionally is led by a (somewhat) good king, like Jehoshaphat (1 Kings 22:43), Joash (2 Kings 12:2), Amaziah (2 Kings 14:3), and others who attempt to bring about reform, like Josiah (2 Kings 23:4-19) and even experience miraculous deliverance, like Hezekiah (2 Kings 19). On the other hand, Israel never has a godly ruler and looks more and more like the nations that were in the land before they possessed it (2 Kings 17:8).
Principal in the books of Kings is the role of the prophet. Notable among these, are Elijah and Elisha (1 Kings 17-19; 2 Kings 1-8). Zealous for the Lord, they perform many miracles, proving the power of God over false deities (1 Kings 18:19-39), and even raising the dead to life (1 Kings 17:22). For the most part, the prophetic word of the Lord falls on deaf ears as God raises up two enemy nations, Assyria and Babylon, to invade Israel and Judah respectively..." from the article: 1 KINGS — SLIDE FROM KINGDOM GLORY