Forms of corruption in the society
The following are the forms of corruption found in the society today:
Any form of corruption is wrong as it is an unfair dealing and causes suffering to individuals who fall victim.
1 Kings 21 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Prophet Elijah fought moral corruption by condemning King Ahab’s behaviour involving Naboth’s vineyard.
(ii) Cursing the king/ treason.
Conditions that made it difficult for prophet Elijah to stop idolatry in Israel
Lessons learnt about the nature of God from the contest at Mt. Carmel
ELIJAH’S FIGHT AGAINST FALSE RELIGION AND CORRUPTION
60 years after Jeroboam was made ruler of the kingdom of Israel, a prophet named Elijah appeared in the Northern Kingdom of Israel. He prophesied during the time of King Ahab, son of Omri (869 – 850 BC).
Prophet Elijah’s mission
FIGHT AGAINST FALSE RELIGION [1 KINGS 18:17-46]
Factors which lead people away from the worship of God today
Elijah means “Yahweh is my God”
Factors that led to spread of idolatry in Israel
The Israelites were not supposed to:
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TEMPLE IN ISRAEL
The Temple of Jerusalem played important roles in religious, social and economic lives of the Israelites as follows.
The death of Solomon and the Division of the Kingdom
Lessons Christians learn from King Solomon’s reign
King Solomon’s failures
Although Solomon was a successful King, he had many failures. These include;
QUALITIES OF A GOOD LEADER DRAWN FROM DAVID’S LEADERSHIP
A good leader should posses the following attributes:
Ways in which David demonstrated his faith in God/promoted worship of Yahweh
The importance of David as an ancestor of Jesus Christ
King David had the following weaknesses
KING DAVID’S IMPORTANCE
He was the second King of Israel, was anointed by Samuel after Saul failed and regarded as the most successful King in Israel.
Refers to his successes, achievement and qualities also King David’s achievements as the king of Israel
I Samuel 16:1 – 23, 2 Sam 6:1 – 1
King Saul’s failures/ weaknesses
Lessons learnt from king Saul’s failures
1 SAMUEL 13:1 – 14, 15:7 – 25, 28:3–19
Background to King Saul’s reign
However Saul failed and was rejected as King. He had a number of weaknesses that led to his failure and final rejection by God.
1 SAMUEL 8:10 – 20
The following are the reasons why Samuel was unwilling to choose a king;
REASONS FOR KINGSHIP IN ISRAEL - (1SAMUEL 8:1 – 9)
The people requested Samuel to choose for them a king because: