ACT IT OUT: Get 2 volunteers to act out this scene; Props needed: a large paper cloak — large piece of colour paper in shape of shirt.
Solomon had an official who was a good worker. His name was Jeroboam.
One day after Jeroboam was finished with his work and was on his way home, God sent a prophet, Ahijah, to meet him.
The prophet Ahijah was wearing a new cloak. <show paper cloak>
When he saw Jeroboam, Ahijah took his new cloak and tore it into 12 pieces. <tear the paper cloak into 12 and get the kids to count 1-12>
The prophet gave 10 pieces to Jeroboam. Ahijah told Jeroboam that because of Solomon’s disobedience, God was taking away part of his kingdom and giving it to Jeroboam. Jeroboam would be king of 10 of Israel’s 12 tribes. And if Jeroboam obeyed God and worshipped Him only, he will have a great kingdom.
The 10 tribes would form Israel; Jeroboam to be king
The remaining 2 tribes (Judah and Benjamin) would form Judah; Solomon’s son, Rehoboam to be king
Note: For younger kids, you can prepare 12 building blocks to represent the tribes of Israel. Get them to count out 10 blocks and separate it from the last 2.
Maps of Israel, pre and post division:
Ahijah ends his prophecy with, “I will humble David’s descendants because of this, but not forever.”
Although Solomon was unfaithful, God was always faithful.
Despite Solomon’s disobedience, God did not forget His promise to David that he will have a forever kingdom (2 Sam 7:16). God promised David that David’s family would have a king to rule forever.
David was from the tribe of Judah, and one of his descendants would be the forever King and known as the Lion of Judah.
Do you know the Name of this King who was born from David’s family? (Jesus)
Because of Solomon’s sin and disobedience, his once glorious kingdom was divided and separated.
Because of our sin and disobedience, we were divided and separated from God.
But Jesus came to fulfil God’s promises as a forever King and a Saviour for all of us, so that we may be reconciled/united with God again. Thank you Jesus!
2. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS
Memory Verse: Get kids to memorise
2 Cor 5:19God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.
Song (to tune of “If you’re happy and you know it”)
The kingdom was divided, split in 2 (2x)
The kingdom was divided (2x)
The kingdom was divided, split in 2 Israel got 10 tribes, Judah 2 (2x) Israel got 10 tribes (2x) Israel got 10 tribes, Judah 2