From Bad To Worse: Now No-one is Listening (1 Kings 12-16)
FROM BAD TO WORSE: NOW NO-ONE IS LISTENING!
1 Kings 12-16
(Reading 1 Kings 12:1-19)
1. After Solomon things go from bad to worse, the kingdom divides – and now nobody is listening
2. The word of the LORD continues to be spoken, but people listen to lies
3. The strange incident with the two men of God (chapter 13) is like a parable of what will happen
4. Not listening, sometimes listening, selective listening… none are an option when it comes to hearing the word of the LORD
The Shape of 1-2 Kings
1 Kings 1-11 Solomon
1 Kings 12-16 The Divided Kingdom
1 Kings 17 - 2 Kings 12 Elijah and Elisha
2 Kings 13-25 The Demise of Israel and of Judah
1 and 2 Kings would have been one and they take up the narrative from 1-2 Samuel. Kings gives an account of the decline and fall of Israel – perhaps originally for the benefit of the exiles to explain what went wrong! They were also written for our benefit – as followers of Jesus (consider 1 Peter 1:10-12 & 1 Cor. 10:11-14).