It is a joy to begin studying 1Kings together. This study reminds us that we cannot blame others for our situation, but we must be accountable for our own decisions. Dr. Wiersbe has appropriately titled this study “Be Responsible.” In his introduction he writes . . .
An ancient proverb says, “A bad workman always blames his tools.” William Bennett, a contemporary writer, says, “Responsible persons are mature people who have taken charge of themselves and their conduct, who own their actions and own up to them—who answer for them.”
Finding someone else to blame, denying responsibility, and hiding behind lies seem to be the order of the day. A comedian gets laughs when he says, “The devil made me do it.” In contrast, President Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that said, “The buck stops here.” He wasn’t afraid to take responsibility. “If you can’t stand the heat,” he said, “get out of the kitchen!”
But it wasn’t only a dozen kings whose irresponsibility brought about the destruction of the city and temple and the captivity of the people. The prophet Jeremiah reminds us that “the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests” also contributed to Israel’s downfall (Lam 4:13 nkjv). Prophets, priests, and kings were God’s chosen and anointed leaders for His people, yet during the 450 years of Jewish national history before the fall of Jerusalem, most of the prophets and priests failed both God and the people.
Integrity is one of the vital foundations of society, but integrity involves taking responsibility and facing accountability. This includes leadership in the home and church as well as in the halls of academe and the political chambers. It’s one thing to make promises at the church altar or to take an oath of office, but it’s quite another to assume responsibility and act with courage and honesty and seek to please God. As we study 1 Kings, we will see over and over again the importance of moral character in leaders and the tragedy of leaving God out of national affairs.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Ps. 33:12).
Getting the facts #1: 1 Kings 1:1-10
- What do these verses tell us about King David, his parenting skills and the state of his kingdom?
Getting the facts #2: 1 Kings 1:11-31
- In what ways did Bathsheba address the serious issue of Adonijah? What principles can we learn from Bathsheba concerning addressing difficult issues with our authorities?
Getting the facts #3: 1 Kings 1:32-40
- What steps (series of events) did David say to do to verify before the people that Solomon was to be king?
Getting the facts #4: 1 Kings 1:41-2:11
- How did Solomon’s response to Adonijah reflect wisdom? What final advice did David give to his son that protected him?
Getting the facts #5: 1 Kings 2:12-46 (Hard question)
- What did Solomon do in these final verses to protect the kingdom?