Let’s start at the beginning

Our world is drowning in sin.

Sin

Sin is:

  • ignoring God and doing things our own way…
  • it’s breaking God’s laws…
  • it’s why the world is so full of fighting, death, disease…
  • it’s why we hurt each other and why the whole world is broken.

Sin started with Adam and Eve disobeying God, but it has spread to every one of us. We have all been captured by sin. But God wanted to save us from sin and death. God has a rescue plan.

God started with a man named Abraham and his family grew into an entire nation, called Israel. Through Israel God’s going to bless the entire world and save us from sin. A descendant of David (the Davidic Covenant) would rule forever in justice and holiness.

When Israel follows God, He protects them to show the world His power. When Israel ignores God by worshiping false gods instead of the real God, bad stuff happens.

Israel ended up getting split into two different kingdoms after King Solomon:

  • Israel, in the north – 10 tribes
  • Judah, in the south – 2 tribes

Divided Kingdom - Israel and Judah

The Kings

Since a king was king for life, the only way to get a new king was for the old king to die (either naturally or because someone killed them). God wanted one godly king to lead to the next godly king, but sin has a way of messing a good story (and God’s desire for humanity).

In the northern kingdom, Israel

To pick up where we left off from last week, Jezebel was so mad at Elijah that he went and hid from her. Her husband, King Ahab died and two of Jezebel’s servants threw her out of a two-story window to her death.

  • King Jeroboam reigned for 22 years and he was evil.
  • King Nadab reigned for 2 years and he was evil.
  • King Baasha reigned for 24 years and he was evil.
  • King Elah reigned for 2 years and he was evil.
  • King Zimri reigned for 7 days and he was evil.
  • King Omri reigned for 12 years and he was evil.
  • King Ahab reigned for 22 years and he was evil.
  • King Ahaziah reigned for 2 years and he was evil.
  • King Jehoram reigned for ?? years and he was evil.
  • King Jehu reigned for 28 years and he was good and evil.
  • King Jehoahaz reigned for 17 years and he was evil.
  • King Jehoash reigned for 16 years and he was evil.
  • King Jereboam 2 reigned for 41 years and he was evil.
  • King Zechariah reigned for 6 months and he was evil.
  • King Shallum reigned for 1 month and he was ??.
  • King Menaham reigned for 10 years and he was evil.
  • King Pekahiah reigned for 2 years and he was evil.
  • King Pekah reigned for 20 years and he was evil.
  • King Hoshea reigned for 9 years and he was evil.

In the southern kingdom, Judah

After King Solomon:

  • King Rehoboam reigned for 17 years and he was evil.
  • King Abijam reigned for 3 years and he was evil.
  • King Asa reigned for 41 years and he was good.
  • King Jehoshaphat reigned for 35 years and he was good.
  • King Jehoram reigned for 8 years and he was evil.
  • King Ahaziah reigned for 1 year and he was evil.
  • King Joash reigned for ?? years and he was evil.
  • King Amaziah reigned for 29 years and he was good.
  • King Azariah reigned for 52 years and he was good.
  • King Jotham reigned for 16 years and he was good.
  • King Ahaz reigned for 16 years and he was evil.
  • King Hezekiah reigned for 29 years and he was good.
  • King Manassah reigned for 55 years and he was evil.
  • King Amon reigned for 2 years and he was evil.
  • King Josiah reigned for 31 years and he was good.
  • King Jehoahaz reigned for 3 months and he was evil.
  • King Jehoiakim reigned for 11 years and he was evil.
  • King Jehoiachin reigned for 3 months and he was evil.
  • Governor Zedekiah governed for 11 years and he was evil.

39 Kings in Israel and Judah.

source What’s in the Bible? Curriculum Unit 6 Week 3

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