1 Kings 12:26–30 – "Jeroboam – A Stumbling Block" – Kerry Kaino

Questions for Reflection:

1. For background, read 1 Kings 11:35-39. What opportunity was at hand for Jeroboam? What do you think of Jeroboam’s actions in 1 Kings 12:26-30 to shore up this opportunity? Why do you think Jeroboam might have been led to take those actions?

2. When you are faced with challenging situations in life … such as a time of major change … what are some various ways that you could respond to that challenge? What response(s) do you tend to favor?

3. To what extent are our choices and/or actions motivated by fear rather than by vision? What does it appear that Jeroboam was afraid of? What are you afraid of?

4. In what ways did Jeroboam’s actions impact the people around him? In what ways might our actions impact the people around us? In times of major change, what are some ways that we can encourage people? In what ways might we be a stumbling block for them?