Passages: 1 kings 12:1-15
1 Kings 12: 1-15 : Our Own Worst Enemy & Our Greatest Friend.
Within this chapter we are introduced to the 4th king of Israel: King Rehoboam. Whilst the previous three kingships begin in humility and dependance, their end depicts three kings who ultimately got caught up in themselves.
Rehoboam from the off is caught up in himself and his desires. Within these verses we see that he is unable to LEARN, unwilling to LISTEN and incapable of LOVE. Whilst it is clear for us to see how Rehoboam is his own worst enemy, it is also true for us, his mistakes can easily creep into our own lives and so his story provides us with the pitfalls to look out for.
Thankfully this story doesn’t just reveal to us how easy it is to become our own worst enemy, it also points us in the direction of our greatest friend, Jesus. He is Thee King, who doesn’t look to wield His power, but is prepared to lose it, offering to us a relationship with God through him.
This Week’s Study Guide: Rehoboam.
Next Week’s Study Guide: Elijah
As we journey through the Bible let us ask, how does knowing this help me to become wise for salvation through faith in Jesus?
- What does it teach me?
- How does it rebuke me?
- Is it correcting something in my life?
- What training can I put into place to help me live a righteous life?
- How is this equipping me for every good work?
Additional questions you may wish to consider for personal study or in Life Groups.
As I reflect what have I found interesting?
As I reflect what has challenged my life, attitudes and actions?
Is there one practical step I can apply to my life to help me to become more like Jesus?
How would this help me to introduce others to Jesus?
Is there there anything I need to pray about, explore further or extra help I need?
Is there someone I should share with, pray with or encourage?