1 Kings: Lesson 4 — Collecting Taxes!

The following are discussion questions from a weekly study I am leading through the book of 1 Kings.  We meet each Wednesday evening at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Starting Strong Isn’t The Same As Finishing Strong

A Study of the Book of 1 Kings

Lesson 4 (Collecting Taxes!)
1 Kings 4
April 10, 2013

The Text:

  1. Who are the people listed in the first six verses of 1 Kings 4?  What were some of their responsibilities?  What things stand out to you about these people and their jobs?
  2. How many district governors did Solomon have?  What was expected of them?  What things stand out about their territories?  
  3. How many people lived in Judah and Israel?  What significance does that description have?  How was their life under Solomon’s reign? 
  4. What did Solomon require for provisions each day?  Where did these come from?  Were Judah and Israel good places to live during the lifetime of Solomon?
  5. How is Solomon’s wisdom described?  Where did it come from?  What did he do with it  How attractive was this wisdom to others?



The Application:

  1. Are you good at delegating?  How important to you are people who help strengthen your relationship with God?  What are some advantages/disadvantages of shared responsibility?
  2. Do you attempt tasks that might seem overwhelming to others?  How can they be accomplished?  What do you look for in a person when you need to delegate a task or need help accomplishing something?  Are you the type of person you would look for?   
  3. How has God been faithful in fulfilling His promises in your life?  Are there promises He has fulfilled that might be easy to overlook?  What is needed in your life so that you could “eat, drink, and be happy”?  Is that a realistic goal?  Why/why not? 
  4. Who are you responsible to provide for?  Does that task seem overwhelming at times?  What things make it seem easier/harder?  Do you believe that God wants to supply your every need?  What things make that seem more believable or less believable?  What influence does contentment have on your willingness to give?       
  5. How would you describe your wisdom?  How would others describe your wisdom?  Where does the wisdom you have come from?  If you feel it is lacking, how would you increase it?  What do you do with the wisdom that you have?  In what areas do people look to you for wisdom and instruction?



Next Week: Building Preparation
1 Kings 5

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