Study the Bible with the Books of 1 & 2 Kings Printable

The books of Kings can be hard to follow, but here I break it down in a way you can understand and relate to the rest of the books of the Old Testament.

ONE KING TO RULE THEM ALL…

Ok, for all of you Lord of the Rings fans out there, I know it’s really one ring, but just go with it…

So where were we in the story of the Old Testament? Let’s do a little recap:

  • Genesis: Creation of the world, first generations of God’s people through Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph
  • Exodus-Deuteronomy: Israelite slaves in Egypt are freed by Moses, only to anger God and wander the desert for 40 years
  • Joshua: Led by Joshua, they enter the Promised Land and go to war to claim Canaan
  • Judges: Years of Israelite leaders, called judges, such as Deborah, Gideon and Samson
  • Ruth: Story of redemption of Moabite woman during time of Judges who later becomes King David’s great-grandmother
  • 1 & 2 Samuel: First 3 kings of Israel–Saul, David and his son Solomon

So far, so good–right? King Solomon is heir to the throne after his father David dies. When God tells him to ask for whatever he wants, he tells God he wants “a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong“. God is so pleased with his answer that he also gives him riches, honor and (if he follows God) long life.

Solomon quickly becomes famous and other leaders seek his advice. He marries Pharaoh’s daughter and enjoys a 40 year reign of peace. He even builds the Temple over seven years (to replace the traveling tabernacle Moses and the Israelites used) and covers it in the best materials money can buy.

1 Kings 6:29 says, “On the walls all around the temple, in both the inner and outer rooms, he carved cheribum, palm trees and open flowers. He also covered the floors of both the inter and outer rooms of the temple with gold.” Then he goes on to build a grand palace for himself and the Bible lists all the wealth he’s acquired. One verse said he had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horses!

TWO KINGS TO RULE THEM ALL…

God had warned the Israelites back in Numbers not to intermarry with the foreign women because they would turn away from God and worship false pagan gods. But Solomon, seduced by his wealth and power, leaves his life of monogamy and marries 700 wives (in addition to his 300 concubines!). To please his wives, he sets up idols and “high places” to worship their gods: Astoreth, Chemosh and Molech (known for child sacrifice). God tells Solomon that his son’s kingdom will be divided because he turned away from God.

So…stay with me…here’s where it gets tricky: In 930 BC, rebels rise up and the KINGDOM SPLITS forming two separate kingdoms!

The Israelite kingdom (you know the one big area that’s made up of 12 tribes from Genesis), becomes:

  1. ISRAEL (larger, northern kingdom, ruled by rebels and murderers)
  2. JUDAH (smaller, southern kingdom, ruled by the line of David)

In 722 BC, the Kingdom of Israel is overthrown by the brutal Assyrians and sent into exile. Later, in 586, the Kingdom of Judah is also taken captive by the Babylonian empire. This is where we leave at the end of 2 Kings. Confused? Let me help break everything down for you…

THE BOOK OF 1 & 2 KINGS PRINTABLE

Open up your Bible, read through Kings and print out these visual notes to learn about the kingdom split. You can order it in my shop:

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May: Print this 31 Day Bible Study on the Power of Our Words

Join me in this 31 day scripture study as we learn the power our words have to build up or tear others down.

STICKS AND STONES

We all heard this little saying growing up:

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

Seriously? Who came up with this? I guess it was meant to be something to sound tough when you’re up against a bully, but words definitely hurt us.

People have been hurting each other with words since the beginning of time, and it’s blatantly obvious with the invent of social media. The point is, words have power.

The Bible tells us over and over that we need to guard our heart (aka what we expose ourselves to, what habits we are picking up), and goes on to say that from the overflow of our heart, come our words.

Simply put, if you have a heart of evil, your words will reflect that. Now we as adults know that the world is a little more complex than good guys and bad guys, and that because sin is real, it is in all of us. How we choose to think and live will ultimately reflect what words are coming out of our mouths.

How about you?

Do you feel yourself complaining most of the day, or staying positive? Do you encourage others, or do you bog people down with your problems? We all have our moments, but what truths do you go back to day after day?

THE POWER OF OUR WORDS

When I taught second grade, we were taught how to get kids to listen and behave through different techniques. One of my favorites was changing the way we gave directions. Instead of telling the kids what behavior to STOP, we would redirect them to what they needed to START. For example:

  • “Stop talking!” vs “When your voice is off, I’ll continue..”
  • “Don’t run!” vs “Look how she walks so quietly in the hallways!”
  • “Pay attention!” vs “I love how he has his listening ears on!”

Just as a teacher can direct the behavior of her students, a marriage can be improved by change of perspective:

  • Assuming the best of your spouse instead of thinking the worst
  • Offering to help when they seem overwhelmed
  • Serving without complaining
  • Surprising them for no reason
  • Talking over an issue in a time of calm

Maybe it’s not parenting or marriage where you have trouble, but dealing with co-workers, or even how you speak to yourself…notice what words you frequently use. Do you feel encouraged by them? Do others?

MAY SCRIPTURE STUDY ON THE POWER OF OUR WORDS

This month, let’s study what the Bible has to say about good and bad speech. Are you tearing people down (including yourself!) or speaking life into others?

The directions are simple:

  1. Print the scripture page and make copies of the journaling pages.
  2. Write a scripture each day in the space on the left and reflect on it in the space on the right.

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Study the Bible with this 1 & 2 Samuel Printable

Samuel tells the story of the Israelites’ first two kings, Saul and David. Break down the main events in this simple, visual printable.

THE BEGINNING OF A MONARCHY

I’ve been looking forward to outlining this section of the Bible since I started my timelines a year ago. This is where the organization nerd in me gets all excited and starts to take these complicated concepts and break them down in a way that makes you go, OOOHHH! So that’s what they were talking about in Sunday school…

Truthfully, I never understood the historical context of the Bible growing up. To me, it was a book of short stories, like fairy tales. All set in the same land, but completely unrelated to one another. The story of Jesus was the only thing I knew connecting these Bible stories. After all, you never seemed to get the answer wrong in class if you raised your hand and said, God or Jesus.

But let’s dig in a little deeper than our 5th grade selves. It’s time for us to understand historically what the Bible is talking about in addition to it’s spiritual revelations. This may seem boring to you (and it did once to me as well!), but trust me, it will only enrich your understanding of your favorite “go-to” Bible verses. They aren’t just one-offs, cutesy little verses to go on coffee mugs (which, don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for those too!), but they are deep truths–usually a prophecy being foretold or one coming to fruition.

So strap in, the book of Samuel sets the basis for the rest of the Old Testament. Here we go!

THE 1ST KING OF ISRAEL

Once upon a time in a faraway land (1060 BC in Israel to be exact), there was a woman named Hanna who couldn’t have any children. She prayed to God that if only he would give her a child, she would dedicate him to the Lord. She became pregnant and gave birth to Samuel, and true to her word, gave him over to be raised by the high priest, Eli.

Samuel grew to be a leader for the Israelites, but they demanded a real king—Israel’s first. He anointed a man named Saul to be their first king, and while Saul started out as a good man, most of his rule, he was an evil and jealous king. When God saw that Saul continued to be disobedient, he had Samuel anoint another in secret as Israel’s 2nd king. Instead of a strong warrior, God chose David, a shepherd, and the youngest of 8 sons of Jesse.

(Side-note: Ruth from the last book is David’s great grandmother!)

THE 2ND KING OF ISRAEL

You probably know the story of how David defeats Goliath from Sunday school, and because of his great fame after that occurred, Saul grew jealous of David and tried to kill him several times!

At one point, David sneaks up on Saul and cuts a piece of his cloak to let him know he could have killed him, but he chose not to, so that Saul would back down. It only lasted for a moment before Saul was after him again.

Eventually Saul’s sons are killed in battle and when he’s about to be captured he commits suicide, leaving David to finally become king. Because David is such a good man, he mourns Saul instead of celebrating (a theme which occurs throughout his life).

Overall David is known to be a good king, but seems to fail at being a good husband and father when you look into the stories of Bathsheba, Absalom and Amnon. But he must have done something right when he raised his son Solomon to be humble enough to ask God for wisdom instead of riches (wait for this in 1 & 2 Kings).

David wrote the book of Psalms during this time, which I will dissect later, but for now, this is as simple as the Kingdom of Israel will be for a long time. Up next is 1 & 2 Kings where we find out what happens to David, how King Solomon acts as a leader, and the ultimate division of the Kingdom into north and south. It’s going to get messy….

THE BOOKS OF 1 & 2 SAMUEL PRINTABLE

For now, open up your Bible, read through 1 & 2 Samuel and print out these visual notes to help you make sense of it all! You can order it in my shop:

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