The Kings: Good & Bad

Elah The Drunk

I Kings 16:8-14, Proverbs 23:29-35 — King Elah is a very minor figure in the broad sweep of Biblical history. His reign covers barely two verses in the Book of I Kings. All that’s recorded is where he was, and what he was doing, when he was killed by one his servants. He was drinking…

Abijam: Hero Or Villain?

I King 15:1-8, II Chronicles 13:1-22 — Abijam (Abijah) followed his father Rehoboam on the throne of Judah and in the Scriptures we are given two accounts of his life and reign. What is especially interesting about these accounts is that each portrays him in a different light. One is largely negative and the other…

From Foolishness To Failure – Part 1

I Kings 12:16-24, 14:21-31 — In this sermon, we begin to consider the rest of King Rehoboam’s reign. It began very badly with his foolish speech to people who were already disaffected and agitated. Rehoboam basically drove the ten northern tribes into rebellion and ensured the division of the kingdom. Unfortunately his story doesn’t get…

A Very Dumb Politician

I Kings 12:1-20 — “And the king answered the people roughly… saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.” When Solomon’s son Rehoboam went out to meet the people at Shechem he gave what was perhaps…