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1 Big Picture Question: How did God punish King Solomon s sin? God divided Israel into two kingdoms. Bible Passage: 1 Kings Christ Connection: Solomon s grand earthly reign is a picture of the eternal reign of Chirst. Solomon s sin divided his kingdom, but Christ s perfect Kingdom is forever. Solomon s Sin Divided the Kingdom August 4th 1st-3rd grade TEACHER BIBLE STUDY King Solomon loved God. He received wisdom from the Lord and was dedicated to building His temple. But early on, we see hints that Solomon s heart was not completely devoted to God. He married foreign wives who turned Solomon s heart away from God. (1 Kings 11:4) Solomon abandoned what he had believed. Israel had a history of turning away from God, and Solomon was no exception. God was angry with Solomon. He had warned him twice not to turn to false gods. God planned to punish Solomon s sin by taking the kingdom away from his family. God was going to take the kingdom from Solomon s son Rehoboam every tribe except for one. God graciously left one tribe for Rehoboam, keeping the promise He made to David. (See 2 Sam. 7:16.) God raised up enemies against Solomon. God set apart one of Solomon s servants, Jeroboam, to become leader over 10 tribes of Israel. When Solomon died, all of Israel gathered to make Rehoboam their new king. They asked Rehoboam to lighten the burden of service Solomon had given them, but Rehoboam refused. In fact, he promised to make their work even harder. Israel rebelled against Rehoboam and made Jeroboam king. Only the tribe of Judah stayed with Rehoboam. So the kingdom was divided into two kingdoms the Northern Kingdom was called Israel and was ruled by Jeroboam; the Southern Kingdom was called Judah and was ruled by Rehoboam. Every king failed to lead God s people perfectly. God had a plan to send them a better king, a perfect king. God would use the house of David the single tribe He reserved for Rehoboam to bring into the world His Son, Jesus, to become King over all of God s people forever and lead them back to God.

2 THE BIBLE STORY Solomon s Sin Divided the Kingdom 1 Kings King Solomon loved God, but Solomon did not love God with his whole heart. Some of the things he did were not what God wanted him to do. For example, God warned His people, the Israelites, to not marry people from other nations. They worshiped false gods, and God knew they would lead the Israelites away from Him, the one true God. Solomon had hundreds of wives. Many of them were from other nations. Solomon s wives turned him away from God. Solomon was not faithful to God like his father David. He began to worship the false gods that his wives worshiped. Solomon even built shrines where his wives could worship the false gods. This made God angry. God had spoken to Solomon and warned him about false gods, but Solomon did not listen. God said to Solomon, Since you have done this, I will take the kingdom away from you. You will be king the rest of your life, but when your son becomes king, he will lose everything except for one tribe. Jeroboam (JER uh BOH uhm) was an official for Solomon, and God intended to make him king of most of Israel. God raised up enemies against Solomon. Solomon s servant, Jeroboam, turned against him and became his enemy. When Solomon died, his son Rehoboam (REE huh BOH uhm) became king. The people told Rehoboam, Your father Solomon made us work too hard. We will gladly serve you if you make our work easier. Rehoboam thought about it and asked his friends for advice. Then he replied, My father Solomon didn t make you work hard enough! I ll make you work even harder! This was not the response God s people were hoping for. The people from the northern tribes of Jerusalem went home. They didn t want to serve a king like Rehoboam, so they made Jeroboam king. Only one tribe remained under Rehoboam s rule, and that was the southern tribe of Judah. Rehoboam didn t like being king of only one tribe. He planned to attack the Northern Kingdom of Israel, but God sent a prophet to stop him. The prophet had a message from God. Don t fight them; the people of Israel are part of your family. I am the Lord, and I am in control of what is happening. So Rehoboam went home. Jeroboam was now king of Israel. Typically, the people of Israel would travel to Jerusalem to worship God at the temple, but Jeroboam was worried if they kept going to Jerusalem, they would start thinking of Rehoboam as their leader again. So Jeroboam came up with a plan. He made two golden calves and made an announcement to the northern tribes. It is very inconvenient for you to travel all the way to Jerusalem to worship at the temple, he said. Look! These golden calves are the gods who brought your ancestors out of Egypt. You can worship them. What Jeroboam did was a sin! Those calves did not lead God s people out of Egypt; God led His people out of Egypt. Jeroboam also built forbidden shrines and celebrated made-up festivals so Israel would seem like a better place to live than Judah. Jeroboam led all the people in worship to the false gods. Christ Connection: King Solomon s sin led to the division of Israel. Every king failed to lead God s people perfectly. God s people needed a better king, a perfect king! Through David s family, God would send His own Son, Jesus Christ, to be King over God s people forever. Jesus would lead the people perfectly back to God. Our Prayer for You: We pray that all of us would strive to become more Christ like this week! That our lives would reflect Christ both in the home as well as at work. As we prepare your heart s to lead children to know Christ more, that we would do so with a spirit of humility within us!

3 WELCOME TIME As the kids arrive, ask them questions that might help you get to know them better. This is the time that makes or breaks how welcome a child feels and whether they will come back or not! Be friendly! :) EARLY ARRIVER ACTIVITY [9:45-10:00] (begin as soon as children enter; this activity is not neccessary for ALL children, it just gives the early arrivers something to get started on) Double the fun As the kids arrive, form two teams. As new kids come in, direct them to one team or another. Challenge the kids to come up with things that come in pairs. The team that comes up with the most things wins. (Examples: socks, sunglasses, shoes, pants, earrings, gloves, twins, tweezers, scissors, headphones or ear buds, animals on the ark, handcuffs and so forth) If kids struggle, provide some hints. Say: In most cases, two of something is good. In today s Bible story, two of something is not so good. ENGAGE ACTIVITY [10:00-10:10] 10:00; even if children haven t finished the Early Arriver Activity; this sets up the Bible Story for the day) Great Divide Choose two kids to be kings or queens. Invite them to face away from the other kids. Take two different colors of tape or two different colors of stickers. Provide each child with a piece of the tape or a sticker. Distribute an equal amount of each color to the kids. If you have 20 kids, 10 should have one color and 10 should have the other color. The kids must place the sticker or tape in a hand and close it tight. They may not talk or show the color they have. Give one of the colors to one king and the other color to the other king. Explain that all the kids were once part of the same kindgom, but now there are two kings. The kings are trying to find royal subjects. Divide the room and declare each side a kingdom of one of the volunteers. Invite each king to tap the shoulder of half of the kids in the room. Give the volunteers an exact number. Once a kid is tapped on the shoulder, he must go to the side of the king that chose him. Once all the kids are chosen, invite them to reveal what color tape or sticker they have. The winning king or queen is the one who has the most of her color on her side. Say: In today s Bible story, the Israelites chose between two kings all because of the sin of a former king. TRANSITION TO LARGE GROUP [10:10] Note: Please be sure to stay with your class to help children stay focused and listen to the lesson. Be sure to actively participate with your class. They are looking to you as the example to follow! LARGE GROUP BIBLE STORY & WORSHIP [10:10-10:40] Big Picture Question: How did God punish King Solomon s sin? God divided Israel into two kingdoms.

4 Note: As students come back to the classroom, it is a good time to distribute snack as you take prayer requests and praises. PRAYER TIME [10:45-10:55] Use the class Prayer Journal to write down any prayer requests that the kids might have, as well as any prayer requests that have been answered! Take time for the kids to praise God in prayer and lift up the prayer requests mentioned. Allow 1 or 2 students to pray and then pray to close out the time of prayer. Remember, kids are learning to pray by your example. The importance and energy you put into prayer will be directly reflected in your class! BIBLE STORY REVIEW [10:55-11:05] Encourage the kids to find 1 Kings in their Bibles. Help them as needed. Ask: Is 1 Kings in the Old Testament or New Testament? (Old Testament) Which book does 1 Kings follow? (2 Samuel) First Kings is part of which division of the Bible? (History) What king does the majority of the book talk about? (Solomon) Use the Timeline to show kids today s Bible story. Review the Bible story provided using the bolded text, or summarize the story in your own words. Divide the room in half. As you review the story, invite one half of the kids to pretend to be followers of Jeroboam and the other half to pretend to be followers of Rehoboam. Each time you say Jeroboam s name, his followers should stand and cheer. Each time you say Rehoboam s name, his followers should stand and cheer. Say: Neither Rehoboam nor Jeroboam had anything to cheer about. Solomon s sin led to the fall of a great kingdom while Jeroboam sinned by leading the people under his rule to abandon God. There are no winners when it comes to sin, but one man was able to defeat sin. Jesus is the perfect King who rules over His people forever. Those who trust in Jesus will still sin, but the punishment Jesus took on the cross has paid for those sins forever. Show the Big Picture Question poster. Say: Would anyone like to try to answer the Big Picture Question? Here it is. How did God punish King Solomon s sin? God divided Israel into two kingdoms. Key Passage: Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day. 1 Kings 8:61

5 KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY [11:05-11:10] Make sure the Key Passage, 1 Kings 8:61, is visible for each child. Read the verse together. Say: Solomon allowed his heart to do the opposite of what he asked the Israelites to do in our Key Passage. Solomon, who was the wiser than any other man, still failed to completely follow God. How did God punish King Solomon s sin? God divided Israel into two kingdoms. Write the Key Passage on several index cards. You will need one card per two kids. Tear or cut the cards into two pieces. Invite the kids to spread throughout the room. Mix up the card pieces and distribute one to each kid. Encourage the kids to find the kid with the other half of the card. They should fit perfectly. The first two kids to match their card correctly will be the winners. Ask them to read the Key Passage. Play again as time allows. SINK IN ACTIVITY [11:10-11:20] Craft Stick Puzzle Provide each kid with 10 craft sticks. Invite them to lay the craft sticks side by side, forming a platform or what looks like a fence. A leader should place a piece of tape from the first stick to the last stick to hold the craft sticks together. Once completed, encourage the kids to flip the taped sticks over, draw a picture of their choice, and color it, treating the sticks like a canvas. They should color every stick. Once their picture is complete, they can remove the tape. Encourage them to mix up the craft sticks and try to put them back together. Provide each kid with a ziplock bag for storing his puzzle pieces. Say: Your picture isn t the same once you divide it up into pieces. The great kingdom under Solomon s rule was never the same again after his sin divided it. How did God punish King Solomon s sin? God divided Israel into two kingdoms. EXTRA ACTIVITY (can be sent home as a fun activity for families to work together if you do not get around to doing it) There is a Coloring Sheet if you need it, depending on the length of the service. ***THE HANDOFF*** As children are picked up, briefly state one of the things that were talked about in class today. You can do this by asking the child a question in front of their parent, or remind them of something they learned. Also, direct parents and kids to the website for the Family Journal page- a way for parents to lead their kids to know Christ at home! Supplies Needed: colored dot stickers (10 of each color- 2 colors), key passage on index cards (torn in half), craft sticks (10 per kid), masking tape

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