Solomon leads Israel to greatness, only to fail and lead Israel to a civil war, destruction, and exile.
After centuries of sojourning, struggles, and conquest, God's promise to Abraham appears to finally be within reach. David and Solomon unite the Israelites into a single kingdom with descendants as "numerous as the stars."
The rise and fall of a kingdom
Known as 1 and 2 Kings in English Bibles, The book of Kings is originally a single book that recounts the rule of Israel's kings from Solomon up until the time of Israel's exile, the final result of Israel's disobedience.
The book's perspective gives the reader a wide view of the nation of Israel compared to the interpersonal focus of key individuals in the book of Samuel. Some notable people in Kings, like Elijah and Jezebel, will also become symbolic representatives for themes in the New Testament.
Solomon, Bathsheba and David's son, becomes a king in David's old age. God grants Solomon the wisdom he prayed for, and Solomon's reign is prosperous, powerful, and peaceful.
The Lord's Temple
Solomon builds God's temple in a specific design much like the tabernacle. The ark is brought in, and God reinstates his covenant promise with Solomon.
Solomon’s faith is sadly compromised because of idol worship. He remembers God in his old age, but Israel’s kingdom splits, beginning a tragic spiral of sinful kings.
God sends his prophets to warn the kings of Israel and Judah of their injustices. Elijah and Elisha perform miraculous signs, but most of the people do not listen.
A Nation Exiled
After rebelling against God for many years, Israel finally pays the price: conquest and exile by Assyria. Judah is also exiled in Babylon. Is there hope for Israel?
King Solomon is one of the more familiar kings of ancient Israel. He was the second son of David and Bathsheba, and he expanded Israel’s borders and economy more than any king in Israel’s history....