1 Kings 12-14; 2 Chronicles 17; 20

Scriptural Highlights

A study of this lesson should encourage us to develop good leadership qualities so that we can influence other to live righteously.

The Kingdom of Israel Is Divided

  1. "And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead" (1 Kings 11:42-43).
  2. READ 1 KINGS 12:3-4. Rehoboam called to lighten the burden on the people.
  3. READ 1 KINGS 12:6-7. The counsel of the Israelite elders to Rehoboam.
  4. READ 1 KINGS 12:8-11. The counsel of the young men to Rehoboam.
  5. "And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only" (1 Kings 12:20).

Jeroboam and Rehoboam Lead Their Kingdoms Into Idolatry

  1. Through the prophet Ahijah, Jeroboam was told that if he would "hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments" he would be given a "sure house" or a secure kingdom.
  2. "At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick" (1 Kings 14:1).
  3. READ 1 KINGS 14:21-24. The wickedness of Rehoboam and Judah.

Jehoshaphat Lead The Kingdom Of Judah To Follow The Lord

  1. Three generations after Rehoboam, his great-grandson Jehoshaphat reigned over the kingdom of Judah.
  2. Jehoshaphat set a new agenda for Israel by his own devotion to the Lord. He "took away the high places and groves out of Judah" (17:6).
  3. Jehoshaphat sent Levites throughout the kingdom, "And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the LORD with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people" (2 Chronicles 17:9).
  4. During the reign of Jehoshaphat, Israel faced a difficult situation when several nations declared war against them. Jehoshaphat and Israel were afraid.
  5. As Latter-day Saints, we are like ancient Judah, in that we are surrounded by influences designed to bring us down.


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