The Years Of Struggle: The Divided Kingdom (19 of 54) by Stan Coffey

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The Years Of Struggle: The Divided Kingdom (19 of 54)
Through the Bible Survey
Pastor Stan Coffey

AUTHORSHIP: Though not named in the text, the authorship of II Kings is attributed to Jeremiah, the prophet. Originally, I and II Kings were one book.
DATE: 560BC. See notes on I Kings
THEME: The history of the kings of the divided kingdom, Judah, the Southern Kingdom; and, Israel, the Northern Kingdom. The material specifically shows how God's blessing is upon those who obey the divine commandments and how his judgment are on those who are disobedient.
INTRODUCTION: Solomon reigned over Israel, the third great period of the complete kingdom. Saul, David, and Solomon all reigned 40 years. Solomon rose to tremendous heights and fell to appalling depths. Taxes under Solomon had weighed the people down. Luxury and idolatry had broken their morale. Unrest bred within the hearts of many. Corruption and graft was rampant. For years there had been jealousy between the Northern Kingdom (Israel) and the Southern Kingdom(Judah). The cause for the jealousy went back 300 years and was due mainly to the jealousy between the tribes of Ephraim and Judah. During Joshua's time of leadership of Israel rested with his tribes of Ephraim and Judah. The transfer of authority came under David, who was of the tribe of Judah. All of this tribal jealousy was intensified by the hardships brought upon the people by Solomon's extravagance.

A. The Counsel of the Old Men - Vs. 1-15
B. The Counsel of the Young Men - Vs. 10-15
C. Israel revolts and makes Jeroboam their King - Ch. 12:16-24
D. Jeroboam leads Israel to Sin - Ch. 12:25-33
E. The Reign of Rehoboam over Judah - Ch. 14:21-31 Rehoboam reigned from 931BC to 913BC. Rehoboam's ministry was characterized by the following:
1. Pagan idol worship- Vs. 23
2. Homosexuality ...

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