1 Kings is a book about the
history of the people called Israelites. It is in the Old Testament, in the
Bible. The Books of Kings continue the story that began in the Books of Samuel.
In these history books, the Bible contains many examples which teach how we
should live (2 Timothy 3:16).
1 Kings begins with the
story of Solomon. Solomon was a wise king at first (1 Kings 3). Then he became
rich (1 Kings 10:14-29). He built a temple (house of God) in Jerusalem (1 Kings 6). But then Solomon took
many wives. When he was old, they encouraged him to serve evil gods (1 Kings
After Solomon died, there
was a revolution. The country called Israel became two countries. The
south was called Judah.
Rehoboam was the first king of Judah.
The north was still called Israel.
Here Jeroboam became king (1 Kings 12).
The writer wants to teach a
lesson. When the kings obeyed God, the people were at peace. When the kings did
not obey God, but served other gods, bad things happened. When the people of Israel stopped
serving God, he sent a prophet (a holy man). He was Elijah. He did wonderful
things. He told the people to serve God again.