This morning, we begin reading the book of 1 Kings in our Bible reading.  This book was actually written with 2 Kings as one book by the Biblical author (we don’t know with certainty who that was, but Jeremiah is one possibility).

Together, these two books are a sad documentary of the sins of the people of Israel.  Instead of following after God in their new kingdom, they instead turn to heathen idols. Time after time they reject the God who led them out of Egypt and out of the wilderness, and ultimately they had to pay for their sin, for God could not stand to look upon it any longer (2 Kings 17:23).  They begin 1 Kings with high hopes and a seemingly bright future, but they end 2 Kings in sorrow and despair with God’s chosen people in bondage.  Read more here.