As for what I got out of this study time, I got multiple things out of the study of 1 Kings 11-16.
1.) Our sins affect others, even our own children. We see this because kings were affected because of the actions of the kings before them.
2.) Obedience to God and His commands means protection and disobedience means chaos. Just read the chapters and you will see what I am talking about!
3.) Even men of God have to depend on God day by day and have the ability to fail. You can read about this in 1 Kings 13:11-34.
4.) God controls our physical being as well. I already knew that but these chapters was another example. See what I am talking about by reading 1 Kings 13:1-7.
5.) God's prophecies always come to pass. You can read several times in these passages where prophecy was fulfilled. My favorite was 1 Kings 16:34 which corresponds with Joshua 6:26. Check it out.
But then one thing puzzled me. See if you have any thoughts on 1 Kings 14:13. It says, "And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he is the only one of Jeroboam who shall come to the grave, because in him there is found something good toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam." Is this a sign that perhaps God would allow death to come to a person to protect them from something worse??? Still searching and praying about that one. Do you have any thoughts? I would love to hear below!
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