Kings and Chronicles are interesting books of the Bible. It starts out so well with Solomon, but quickly descends into confusion as the kingdom of Israel splits into Northern Israel and Judah.
Kings and Chronicles activities for kids
United Israel for a short time
- King Solomon asks for Wisdom lesson– What would you ask God for? Solomon chose to ask God for wisdom and God rewarded him for that.
- Solomon’s Temple lesson– Solomon built a splendid temple for God. Then he built an even bigger and fancier palace for himself. Where did Solomon go wrong?
- King Rehoboam’s Folly– Solomon’s son did not inherit his wisdom. Instead, King Rehoboam followed the wrong advice and that cost him his kingdom.
Northern Israel Unit
- Kings of Northern Israel– The kings of Northern Israel is a sad lesson. We see over and over again the cost of not following God’s instructions. King after king fails to horrible results.
- Elijah activities, God’s fiery prophet– Elijah shows us the rewards and the difficulties of following God in difficult times. And, I’ll freely admit Elijah is one of my favorite prophets because of his sheer spunk.
- Elisha, God’s servant– Elisha is another example of the rewards of persevering in troubled times. Elisha sees God act in amazing and miraculous ways as he leads a blind army, watches giant warriors protect him and sees God heal deadly diseases.
Now we switch back down to Judah for the last few lessons of this unit.
- Kings of Judah– How will God move through these kings, will they follow the same trends the kings of Israel did?
- Hezekiah– Hezekiah learn to turn to God first for help solving his problems.
- Josiah– Even the young can follow hard after God.
These last two lessons are not in the books of Kings or Chronicles, but are the last three historical books right before Job. It felt odd to add another page for two lessons
- Ezra and Nehemiah– God keeps His promises
- Esther– Showing God’s providence, how God can act without our realizing it.