5 Minute Devotional: Solomon’s Sin Divided the Kingdom (1 Kings 12:1-24)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents, 

In spite of King Solomon’s great wisdom, he was still sinful, and his sin divided the people of Israel. When Solomon’s son Rehoboam became king, the people asked for him to lead with justice and compassion, but Rehoboam listened to the bad advice of his peers and spoke harshly to the people. Because of this, the kingdom split into two: the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah.

(3 minutes) READ 1 Kings 12:1-24

King Rehoboam 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 a perfect King over God’s people forever. Jesus brings His people together and leads them back to God. Help your kids understand that Jesus is our perfect King and when we love Him andfollow Him and do what He says, we will glorify God and be part of God’s plan to bring people back to Himself through Jesus.

(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.

Sojourn Kids North Star Catechism: Where do we learn to love, trust, and obey God? In the Bible.

Memory Verse: Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

(1 minute) PRAY and thank God that Jesus is our perfect king.