Solomon’s Sin Divided the Kingdom

This week we will see how despite King Solomon’s great wisdom, he still made bad decisions and his sin divided the people of Israel. When Solomon’s son Rehoboam became king, the people asked for him to ease up on them, but Rehoboam listened to the bad advice of his peers and actually demanded more from the people. Because of this, the kingdom split into two: the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah.

King Solomon did not lead God’s people as God desired. God’s people needed a better king! Through David’s family, God would send His own Son, Jesus Christ, to be a perfect King over God’s people forever.

This week, you can help your child understand that Jesus is our perfect King. When we love Him, follow Him, and do what He says, we will give glory to God and participate with Him in his plan to reconcile all things to Himself. As you talk, remind your child that:

  • God knows everything.
  • David’s family were kings of Judah.
  • Jesus was born into Solomon’s family.
  • Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God.
  • God split Israel into two kingdoms.

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