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1 Kings

Important Information

Author: Probably Jeremiah
Theme: Sin Brings Division
Category: History

Fascinating Facts

  • 1 Kings opens and closes with death: it opens with the death of David (2:10) and closes with the death of Ahab (22:37).
  • 1 Kings opens with Israel as one kingdom and closes with Israel as two kingdoms.
  • 1 Kings records the shortest reign of any earthly king, which was seven days for King Zimri (16:15).
  • Solomon was wiser than anyone who has ever lived (4:31). He spoke 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs (4:32).
  • 1 Kings contains Scripture’s first record of a bodily resurrection from the dead (17:22). The building of the first of three temples is recorded in 1 Kings.
  • Solomon was the foremost polygamist in the Bible, with seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines (11:3).
  • 1 Kings records the first instance of someone kneeling in prayer, Solomon (8:54). The word king appears some 250 times in this book.
  • 1 Kings contains the first recorded instances of someone taking hold of the horns of the altar for refuge and protection (1:50; 2:28).
  • Israel’s land size was the largest ever during the reign of Solomon (4:24).
  • Two well-known female characters from 1 Kings, Jezebel and the queen of Sheba, are referenced in the New Testament to make important spiritual points (Matt. 12:42; Rev. 2:20).

 

Quotable Quotes

These books [1 and 2 Kings] present God as sovereign over all man’s affairs, God as faithful to His people, and man as responsible for his actions. —Richard I. McNeely

These are the two most important books of history in the world. Every day expeditions are digging up the records of history about which nothing has been written outside the books of the Kings. —Henrietta C. Mears

The best part of a good story is its conclusion. The reason is that a story is like a giant puzzle. Story elements—exciting action, conflicts between characters, lovely landscapes—sketch in “pieces” of the scene. Only at the end, however, when the last “piece” falls into place, does the whole finished picture appear. First Kings provides the preliminary pieces of Israel’s life under the monarchy. —Robert L. Hubbard Jr.

Notable Notes

The wealth of King Solomon was staggering. It included billions of dollars in gold, forty thousand horses, fourteen hundred chariots, an extensive fleet of ships, and an ivory throne overlaid in gold and surrounded by twelve statues of lions! Christ Connections

Christ can be found in 1 Kings as:

The Only Perfect King
Greater Solomon
Builder of God’s Temple

Lasseigne, Jeff. Unlocking the Scriptures: What the Bible Is, How We Got It, and Why We Can Trust It . Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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