Pastor Wrinkles Corner: Bargain Breakers Part II

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After David’s death his son _______________________ comes to the throne.

What do we know about Solomon?

When Solomon dies his son ____________________ comes to the throne. One of Solomon’s generals ____________________ opposes Solomon’s son and civil war breaks out.

The Kingdom is divided into ___________________ called Israel and South called ___________________.

There is war for the next 200 years or so.

Israel very quickly departs from the worship of God and becomes a __________________ society.

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Jeroboam convinces his people to begin worshipping a golden _________________ in Samaria or in Bethel.

Judah continues worshipping in the temple but they also become ___________________ and at times over the next few hundred years they actually shut down the temple.

God raises up _______________________.

Prophet:

A List of the prophets:

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The prophets tell Judah and Israel to stop _________________ but they won’t. So God judges both North and South. Israel is conquered by _______________ and deported. Judah is conquered a hundred years later by ___________________. The sons of Ham conquer the sons of ___________________.

God deports Israel for 70 years and then raises up a king _________________. Who sets them free and allows them to return and rebuild _____________________and the temple.

During this time God begins to speak to the people about the coming of a man God calls the _________________ which means savior of Israel.

Now In Your groups:

1. Read I Kings 11:41- 12: 33.  Which of these two kings do you think was a better leader?Why? What do you think God wanted to be done here? Why?

2. The prophets of Israel were often seen as trouble makers. Elijah was one of these prophets.  Read I Kings 18:1- 19: 2. How do you think the king and queen should have reacted? Why did they act the way they did? What does this say about them?

3. Question of the Week. God let the Israelites live in sin worshipping other gods for almost 200 years before judging them and sending them into captivity. Why do you think He waited so long? Did men have anything to do with his decision? What does that say to us today as our nation faces judgment?

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11 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles Corner: Bargain Breakers Part II

  1. I believe the Prophets who spoke His truths to the people were the reason God held off for 200 years. As for now it says some where that the end wont come until the full number of gentles become believers, I’m paraphrasing here.
    I’m just keeping my eyes on Jesus!
    L&P
    Charlotte

    • That is exactly what we have to do in this season Charlotte. We must keep our eyes on Jesus and through Him we shall have power to do what is required of us. I like your answer to the question of the week. Men of God can move the Heart of God! 300,000 points for your team!

  2. 1. Read I Kings 11:41- 12: 33. Which of these two kings do you think was a better leader?Why? What do you think God wanted to be done here? Why?

    King Rehoboam was a better leader than Jeroboam by far because when God told Rehoboam to return home and not to “fight against their brothers (Israel)”, he and his followers obeyed the Lord. Jeroboam, despite God’s mercy on the Israelites by sending Rehoboam home, he still set up false idols in the form of calves and worshipped them. I believe that God was testing the Israelites and their loyalty to Him because He wanted to be able to reward them if they did the right thing, but seeing as they did not, they deserved to be punished.

    2. The prophets of Israel were often seen as trouble makers. Elijah was one of these prophets. Read I Kings 18:1- 19: 2. How do you think the king and queen should have reacted? Why did they act the way they did? What does this say about them?

    The King and Queen should have repented for their sins knowing the great power of God, but instead they acted foolishly and threatened Elijah’s life. They acted that way because inside they were probably scared and did not want to admit that what they were doing was wrong. It shows that they were honestly not very intelligent, and they were cowards.

    3. Question of the Week. God let the Israelites live in sin worshipping other gods for almost 200 years before judging them and sending them into captivity. Why do you think He waited so long? Did men have anything to do with his decision? What does that say to us today as our nation faces judgment?

    God waited so long because it was all part of His master plan. Everything that happens with God, happens for a reason. Also, God probably wanted to give the Israelites a long enough time to change their ways but after a while, they ran out of chances. Certain men could have affected God’s decision to wait so long, but He knows everything that will happen way before it even happens. When God chooses, our nation today will perish because we aren’t repenting and asking God to come into our lives. One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess because God’s awesome power will be too much for the world to resist.

    • Naomi I thought your answer to question 1 was very interesting. I had not thought of it that way before. I was never a big fan of Rehoboam but you are right that he did do what the Lord said. Jereboam never did. I am giving you team 650,000 points for these answers.

  3. 1. Read I Kings 11:41- 12: 33. Which of these two kings do you think was a better leader?Why? What do you think God wanted to be done here? Why?

    I think that both of these kings were poor leaders, because they both acted in ungodly ways while they were on the throne. Rehoboam ignored the advice of the elders and listened to his friends when they told him to put a heavier burden on the Israelites. Jeroboam was the worse of the two in my opinion because he led the people away from God. He was a coward and feared that the people would turn their backs on him, so he made idols for them to sacrifice to instead of to God. I’m really not sure what God wanted to be done here. Maybe God was using these things to sort of introduce the idea of other gods to the people of Israel, so that He could find those who would remain true to Him.

    2. The prophets of Israel were often seen as trouble makers. Elijah was one of these prophets. Read I Kings 18:1- 19: 2. How do you think the king and queen should have reacted? Why did they act the way they did? What does this say about them?

    The king and queen should have realized that the Lord was the only true God. I believe Ahab would have accepted that fact, but when he told Jezebel she convinced him that Elijah must be killed, and to basically disregard the act of God that he had witnessed on Mount Carmel. I believe they may have reacted in this way because they didn’t want to accept the fact that they had been wrong all along. There also would have been a lot of guilt if they had to accept the fact that they had killed so many of God’s prophets thinking they were insane, when they really only let the insane ones who worshipped false gods to live.

    3. Question of the Week. God let the Israelites live in sin worshipping other gods for almost 200 years before judging them and sending them into captivity. Why do you think He waited so long? Did men have anything to do with his decision? What does that say to us today as our nation faces judgment?

    I think God was waiting on them, and giving them time to either repent or continue in their sin. When the Israelites did not turn away from it, then God had to bring judgement upon them to stop them from their evil ways. God has also waited many years to bring judgement upon the earth today, but He has set a time that no one else knows. He is waiting until all of the world hears His gospel and truths before He brings judgement.

  4. 1) Neither one was better than the other. They both commited one of the most unspeakable crimes against god (in my mind) they lead the people away from god, their job was to uphold the laws of god and to use ireal to bring the grace of god upon the whole world. I beleive that god let them do this so he could test the Isralites. He was winnowing out those who were truly not faithful to him.
    2)What the king and queen were thinking i will never know or understand. To kill a prophet of god on the grounds that he is insane in outragoues. If a person claims to be a prophet of god you let them say what god has told them to say and listen to it (unless you know god would not say that or tell you to do that then you make sure others do not follow this prophet and let god judge him)
    3)God waited so long because he wanted to give isreal a chance to give up sin and repent, our god is a patient and forgiving god who will give us many chances, especialy to his chosen people (the Jews). We may think that men may have influenced his desicion, but he has already forseen all, he knows all, god will only agree with man as long as what man asks for with firther the plan of god. God has not passes a large scale judgement in many a century. He is giving ALL of mankind time to repent for their sins, but we are not repenting, man is sinking farther into the chaos of the end times, and this will one day soon lead us to the judgement foretold in the book of revelations.

    • Great answers Garrick. Ahab and Jezebel truly are an enigma in some respects. Jezebel was angry because Elijah had killed 480 of her prophets of Baal. In her m ind Elijah was the false prophet. Ahab though knew the truth. He just wouldn’t stand up to his wife. I am giving you 700,000 points for this.

  5. 3. Question of the Week. God let the Israelites live in sin worshipping other gods for almost 200 years before judging them and sending them into captivity. Why do you think He waited so long? Did men have anything to do with his decision? What does that say to us today as our nation faces judgment?

    I dunno if its to late to answer this question? but i believe God waited so long to judge them due to His perfect mercy and grace. He gave them more than a huge enough chance to turn from their sins. Man could have something to do with his decision also. Im sure there was good people who God wanted to fulfill their lives. Bottem line is Gos is perfect and he new exactly how to deal with the Israelites.

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