As my Sunday School class was working their way through the Bible, we finally reached the split of the Northern and Southern kingdoms, so before getting into those two groups we stopped to look at all of the Kings of Northern Israel.
The week before we studied this in class I sent the kids home with one or more “Kings of Northern Israel Trading card,” with a reference for the king they were given (there were not cards for Jeroboam (last week’s lesson) or Ahab because both have their own separate lessons).
As the kids read through all of the kings they noticed a trend.
Not a single one of these kings was good. Every single king of Northern Israel was bad. There was one or two who wasn’t all the way evil, but pretty much all of them had something horrible they did.
We also learned that God does not always punish evil the way we think He should. Some of these men died of old age in their beds. Others were killed by assassination.
But the thing they all had in common? You can learn something from each of them. Even with the worst king you can imagine, God was able to work within the situation to continue His PLAN.
The lesson is a bit of a downer as you see so much sin, but next week we get a bit of fun with King Ahab and Elijah in the next lesson.
More resources for Kings of Israel
Not too surprisingly there isn’t a whole lot about the Kings of Northern Israel for kids, but there’s a few resources I’ve used and really enjoyed.
- Kings of Northern Israel trading cards (this is what I used for this lesson)
- Kings of Israel board game*, a fun way to learn the history of Northern Israel, (read the full review of Kings of Israel)
- Buck Denver Asks What’s in the Bible: Volume 6 A Kingdom Divided*
- Yeah, I searched my pinterest board and the only item on there specific to this lesson I couldn’t get to load, I got nothing more.
Check out the rest of the Kings and Chronicles lessons.