Brave Hearts Ministry


I King


Memory Verse:

 

“The Lord has kept the promises he made.” (1 Kings 8:20)

 

Key Facts

 

Author: unknown

Why Written: Chronicles the life of King Solomon

Key Lesson: Seeking wisdom is greater than riches

Important people in book: King David, King Solomon, The Prophet Elijah

When written: BC 1015

 

Key Stories in Book

 

King David’s charge to Solomon            I Kings 2:1-4, 10-12

Solomon asks for wisdom                        I Kings 3:6-14

Solomon’s Wisdom                                  I Kings 4:29-34

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication              I Kings 8:56-60, 9:3-5

Elijah and miracles                                   I Kings 17:1-6, 17-24

 

Lesson #1:  King David’s charge to Solomon. I King 2:1-4, 10-12

 

     “When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.

 

     ‘I am about to go the way of all the earth,’ he said. ‘So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires:  Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go, and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’

 

     Then David rested with his fathers and was buried in the City of David.  He had resigned 40 years over Israel – seven years in Hebron and 33 in Jerusalem.  So Solomon sat on the throne of this father David, and his rule was firmly established.”

 

1.              Who was Solomon? (David’s son)

2.              Who was about to die in the beginning of this chapter? (David)

3.              What was King David’s charge to Solomon? (Be strong, be a man, and observe what the Lord requires)

4.              What do you think he meant by “observe what the Lord requires?” (Follow God’s commandments)

5.              What does the Lord require of you?

 

Summary: Pay attention to what the Lord requires of you.  You are required to obey his word, show love to those around you, and love the Lord with all your heart.  If you follow these requirements, the Lord will keep his promises to you.

 

 

Lesson #2:  Solomon asks for wisdom. I Kings 3:6-14

 

 “Solomon answered, ‘You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart.  You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

 

 Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David.  But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.  Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.  So give your servant a discerning heart to govern you people and to distinguish between right and wrong.  For who is able to govern this great people of yours?’

 

            The Lord was please that Solomon had asked for this.  So God said to him, ‘Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked.  I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.  Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for – both riches and honor – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among Kings.”

 

1.              Solomon showed great love for the Lord.  He could have asked God for many things, but what did he ask for (a discerning heart)?

2.              Because Solomon asked for discernment and wisdom, what did the Lord also give him (riches and honor)?

3.              What is wisdom and how can it help you? (Wisdom is the ability to make right choices. Wisdom can help you make the right choices in your life)

4.              What does this lesson tell you about how to pray? (Do not pray for selfish things like money, fame, and material things. Pray for things that will help you to fulfill God’s purpose for you.)

5.              What are some things that you would like to pray for?

 

Summary: It is better to pray for how God can use you for his purpose rather than to pray for selfish things.  God will bless you when you give yourself to him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson #3: Solomon’s Wisdom. Read I Kings 4:29-34

 

            “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.  Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.  He was wiser than any other man, including Ethan the Ezrahite – wiser than Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol.  And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations.  HE spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five.  He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls.  He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.  Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.”

 

1.         What did God give Solomon (wisdom, insight, and understanding)?

2.         Do you think that you could count the number of sand on the seashore?  Why not?

3.         How would you like to have this type of understanding?

4.         Why would it be important for a king to have this type of understanding?  What kinds of challenges do you think King Solomon had to face?

5.         Solomon wrote 3 thousand proverbs and 1005 songs.  Look up five of his proverbs.  Did you find any wisdom in what he wrote?

6.         Can you apply the proverbs to your life?  How?

 

Summary: Wisdom and understanding is of great value.  Because Solomon was so wise, men from all nations came to listen and seek King Solomon’s advice.  Pray for wisdom and understanding for your life.

 

 

Lesson #4: Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication. I Kings 8:56-61, 9:3-5

 

            “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised.  Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.  May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us.  May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations he gave our fathers.  And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other.  But your hearts must be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.

 

            “The Lord said to him: ’I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name there forever.  My eyes and my heart will always be there.

 

            As for you, if you walk before me in integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’”

 

1.              Solomon states that “not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave” (v.56).  What are some of God’s promises to you?

2.              Solomon also prays “may he turn our hearts toward him (v.58).  He is praying that God will actively help us to stay focused on God.  What does that mean to you?

3.              Do you think it is possible to turn away from God?  How might that happen?

4.              What are some things that you can do daily to keep your mind and heart focused on God?

5.              Does God hear King Solomon’s prayer (v.3)? Do you think God hears your prayers?

 

Summary:  Sometimes we do not think that God hears our prayers. But we need to have faith that God hears our prayers and answers them according to his will and plan for our lives.  His answer and timing might not be what you expected, but know that God always hears your prayers.

 

 

Lesson #5:  Elijah and Miracles. I Kings 17:1-6, 17-24

 

“Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, ‘As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.’

 

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: ‘Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan.  You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there.’

 

So he did what the Lord had told him.  He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there.  The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

 

Sometime later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill.  He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing.  She said to Elijah, ‘What do you have against me, man of God?  Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?’

 

‘Give me your son’, Elijah replied.  He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed.  Then he cried out to the Lord, ‘O Lord my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?’  Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the Lord, ‘O Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!’

 

The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.  Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house.  He gave him to his mother and said, ‘Look, your son is alive!’

 

Then the woman said to Elijah, ‘Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.’”

 

1.              What is a miracle?

2.              Elijah was a prophet in the Old Testament.  What was the job of a prophet? (A prophet delivered messages from God to the people)

3.              What was the first miracle in chapter 17? (God fed Elijah through Ravens)

4.              What would you think if the Lord told you to go and hide and that Ravens would bring you food?

5.              Would you trust him?

6.              What was the miracle about the little boy? (God brought life back into the body of the little boy).

7.              Why do you think God performed miracles?

8.              Do you think that God performs miracles today?

 

Summary: Prophets were considered great men of God.  They loved the Lord with all of their hearts, followed his laws, and relayed messages to the people.  Today God talks directly to each one of us.  He can answer prayers, perform miracles, heal the sick, and intervene to help us in any circumstance.  We only need to pray and seek his voice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The scriptures used for this study were taken from the “Young Women of Faith Bible New International Version” published in 2001 by the Zondervan Corporation.

 

  Posted 1.9.09