Study Notes and Personal Bible Study Activities for
the Book of 1 Kings
I Kings 3:4-4:34 The godly spirit of Solomon and his wise request (3:9) “pleased the LORD”. May the LORD give us the same spirit of humility and wisdom in our prayers to Christ and our lives for Christ!! Consider this sermon: Wisdom from God (Zion Lutheran Church, Clyman, WI)
I Kings 5:1-6:38 Solomon from his heart led God’s people to give their best to God and do their best for God. Spirit of God, motivate our hearts and inspire our lives in the same way in our time, we pray. Amen.
I Kings 7:1-51 One of the greatest public works projects in history was the effort of Solomon blessed by God. By far the greatest part of it was the stunning temple designed by God and built of the finest materials created by God and crafted by man for His honor and glory!
I Kings 8:1-66 What a grand chapter in praise of God’s glory!! It sets the standard for all special “church” gatherings: God is the focus; man brings his best from the heart; God’s mercy and favor is humbly sought and generously received. The participants go home with genuinely joyful hearts. What can we learn from this for the way we prepare and participate in worship today?
I Kings 9:1-10:29 Here we read of the LORD’S astounding fulfillment of His gracious promise to bless Solomon! God is faithful! God is good! At the same time, we hear an ominous warning about what the LORD will do when His grace is not appreciated but rather despised.
I Kings 11:1-12:19 Like the painful news of Genesis 3 after the wonders of Genesis 1 & 2; we hear the sequel to the hitherto pleasant story of Solomon’s relationship with the LORD. Yet, Genesis 3:15, shines in the middle of the darkness of Genesis 3 and God’s grace is not absent from these verses of I Kings. Solomon’s foolishness leads to Rehoboam’s “insanity”.
I Kings 12:20-13:34 Our own country’s past civil war continues to be a source of shame and pain. The sinfulness of Israel robbed the country of peace and unity and brought the judgment of God instead of the blessing of the LORD.
1 Kings 14:1-15:24 Jeroboam and Rehoboam, kings of Israel and Judah and those who followed them on the throne, often did not do as David did but God was merciful to Judah for the sake of David (15:4). When war came about with Egypt, the Temple was looted. Then a good king arises - Asa – what made him great (or any believer for that matter)?
1 Kings 15:25-17:24 The broken record keeps repeating in the history of the kings of Israel and we see the chaos,and political turmoil that resulted from their disobedience to God. In 16:24 we see the beginning of the history of Samaria which would play a major role in Jesus’ day and teaching. Chapter 17 introduces us to the great prophet Elijah (who was seen at the Mount of Transfiguration). We see him interact with an ‘outsider’ - the widow of Zerephath - an incident cited by Jesus in Luke 4:16 ff.
1 Kings 18:1-46 Ahab points an accusing finger at Elijah for troubling Israel, but at whose feet does the guilt actually lie? ? Elijah is vindicated by the scene on Mt. Carmel.
1 Kings 19:1-21 Even great heroes of faith, even after great shows of God’s might, may grow weary and faint, and fall into hopelessness and self-pity – wondering, “What’s the use?” What does God tell Elijah and us about those moments? We are also introduced to Elisha. Read this sermon from Messiah Lutheran Church in South Windsor, CT: (Spiritual Sight Changes Your Outlook)
1 Kings 20:1-21:29 We see king Ahab in action – and in the process bringing trouble upon himself, his family and county! It is easy for us to criticize him for his foolish not ‘going far enough’ in his obedience to God and in his petty covetousness. But what about me? What troubles have I brought on myself and others by my foolishness? At the end of this reading we see how God graciously deals with repentant foolish ones.
1 Kings 22:1-53 Ahab basically said of a prophet, “I don’t like him, because he doesn’t tell me what I want to hear, but what God says.” This reading reminds us neither to reject the Word of God (whether we like what we hear or not), nor ‘strike’ the faithful messenger of the Lord. Both have grave consequences. (In verse 39 ‘ivory house’ indicated a house decorated by inlays of ivory imbedded in its walls. Examples of such inlays have been found in archaeological sites in the ancient Near East.)