Leaders are Corrupt

In the Book of Kings, the leaders exhibit narcissistic behaviors. They demand subservience. They commit idolatry and murder. They disobey sexual laws.

 


 

DEMAND SUBSERVIENCE

1 Kings 1:16. Bathsheba bowed and showed respect to the king. The king said, “What would you like?”

1 Kings 1:23. They told the king, saying, “Behold, Nathan the prophet!” When he had come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground.

 

COMMIT IDOLATRY

1 Kings 3:3. Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father, except that he sacrificed and burned incense in the high places.

 

COMMIT MURDER

1 Kings 2:6. Do therefore according to your wisdom, and don’t let his gray head go down to Sheol in peace.

1 Kings 2:9. Now therefore don’t hold him guiltless, for you are a wise man; and you will know what you ought to do to him, and you shall bring his gray head down to Sheol with blood.

1 Kings 2:25. King Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell on him, so that he died.

1 Kings 2:34. Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up and fell on him, and killed him; and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.

1 Kings 2:46. So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he went out, and fell on him, so that he died. The kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.

 

COMMIT NEPOTISM

1 Kings 4:11. Ben Abinadab, in all the height of Dor (he had Taphath, Solomon’s daughter, as wife);

1 Kings 4:15. Ahimaaz, in Naphtali (he also took Basemath the daughter of Solomon as wife);

 

DISOBEY SEXUAL LAWS

1 Kings 3:1. Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt. He took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her into David’s city until he had finished building his own house, the LORD’s house, and the wall around Jerusalem.

 

HAVE SLAVES

1 Kings 4:6. Ahishar was over the household; and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the men subject to forced labor.

1 Kings 5:13. King Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

 


1 KINGS

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, Memorize, Leaders are Corrupt

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