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    Deborah Equels

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    <p class=”MsoNormal”>Biblical Studies 102 Week 2 Lesson #2<span style=”mso-spacerun: yes;”>  </span><span style=”mso-spacerun: yes;”> </span>2<sup>nd</sup> Quarter</p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal”>Book of 1<sup>st</sup> and 2<sup>nd</sup> Kings:</p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal”>1<sup>st</sup> and 2<sup>nd</sup> Kings expose the depth to which mankind in relationship to God can fall. King Solomon was a man blessed by the Lord, yet he allowed compromise to ruin him. Most of the kings after him failed to serve God with all their heart and consequently brought down Nations.</p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal”>In 1<sup>st</sup> Kings; The bible tells the story of Israel as it changes from a decent Nation to a greedy one. Under Solomon’s rule, Israel reached world renown and general prosperity.<span style=”mso-spacerun: yes;”>  </span>But near the end of his life, Solomon changed and as a result, Israel fell apart.</p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal”>2<sup>nd</sup> Kings; The Israelites from Judah are sent into captivity in Babylon – a subject covered at length in the book of Daniel. This is a huge catastrophe, Basically, God let everything get destroyed; the Temple <span style=”mso-spacerun: yes;”> </span>Solomon built for Him the legacy of David and much more.</p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal”>What we can learn from 1<sup>st</sup> and 2<sup>nd</sup> King’s Israel was led into decline and again captivity as a result of turning from God and pursuing Idols. It just goes to show us that compromise can easily lead to separation from God. Be Faithfull to always pursue God and that we should always keep Him <b>(GOD) </b>First in our <b>LIFE….</b> <span style=”mso-spacerun: yes;”> </span><span style=”mso-spacerun: yes;”> </span>The saying is so very true that when we are not drawing near to God we will Drift away.</p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal”>1<sup>st</sup> Kings 8:60 “May all the people of the earth know that the Lord is God. There is no other! Be wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord our God to walk in His Statues and keep his commands as it is TODAY.</p>

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