What lessons do political leaders learn from greatness of King David?
1. David knew God and had personal relationship
Political leaders should have personal relationship with God and ask God's guidance everytime they pursue their roles.
2. David obeyed the prophets of God
Political leaders should listen to concerns from religious leaders and respect them. Also respect the word of God and His messengers.
3. David was remorseful when he did mistakes
Political leaders should ask for forgiveness when they do wrong, they should also apologize when they go astray and accept to be guided.
4. David followed God’s commandments
Political leaders should obey God's commandments
5. David united Israel and expanded territorial boundaries
Political leaders should strive to unite all people in the world so that the world can have one political union so that we can solve our problems in unison.
6. david captured Jerusalem from the Jebusites
Political leaders should be in the fore front in fighting for their people's welfare and to protect the interests of their citizens and stability of their regions.
7. david made peace treaties with his NEIGHBORS
Political leaders should be led by peaceful instincts in their endeavors. They should pursue peace at the expense of war.
8. david composed psalms which are used during worship
Political leaders should write memoirs and biographies to sensitize young and upcoming leaders on the need for good leadership.
9. david made preparations for the construction of the temple
Political leaders should emulate David in getting involved in the construction of houses of God
10. david fought and killed goliath
No matter how big the danger is, political leaders should be ready to sacrifice their lives and serve their people. They should be in the fore front in any fight that guarantees justice, liberty and peace.
KCSE 2015 QUESTION 3B:
kcse c.r.e - christian religious education questions and answers
1. Explain five achievements of King Solomon.
- Successful merchant
- Built professional army
- Had government officials to assist in ruling
- Diplomatic relations by marrying daughters of foreign kings
- Wise man
- Built the temple
- Brought ark of covenant to temple of Jerusalem
- Built a palace
- Composed 3,000 proverbs and 1,005songs
2. Give five lessons that political leaders can learn from King Solomon.
- To pray for Gods wisdom
- Not to get drunk with power
- Not to enforce labour on others
- To avoid immoral marriages
- Maintain faith in God
- Not to be influenced into evil practices
- To develop nations economics
3. State five factors which led to the division of the Kingdom of Israel after the death of King Solomon
- Foreign wives -Solomon had married many foreign princesses who bought high places (idols) with them the worship of foreign gods to Israel.
- Sol. Worship (idols) -Solomon not only allowed his foreigners wives to worship their gods but also built high places of worship where his wives worshipped their gods. This displeased God.
- Solomon broke the covenant with God by disobeying his commands not to worship foreign gods. ( 1 kings 11: 9- 10)
- Over taxation -In order to support his harem of wives and court officials, Solomon needed a lot of money and this he got by overtaxing his subjects. This was oppression.
- Forced labour -Solomon spent years and a lot of resources building his own palace and the temple, projects made him introduce forced labour in Israel.
4. Explain how King Solomon turned away from the covenant way of life
- He married Canaanite wives/foreign wives.
- He disobeyed God’s command of not worshipping the Canaanite gods.
- He did not observe the brotherhood law (When he taxed the Israelites heavily for the upkeep of the foreign wives.
- He disregarded the advice of god’s prophets when he built worship places for false gods.
- By signing trade and marriage agreements with his neighbours, hence relying on human beings other than God/ selling of the cities.
- He disobeyed the instructions from his father, David that he should rely on God only.
- He subjected the Israelites to forced labour/oppression/slavery in the construction of the temple/the place.
- He murdered his half-brother (adonija) who he thought would be his rival in power.
5. Identify five ways used by the Israelite Kings to bring people back to God
- Destroyed the altars of God (i.e. Asherah poles)
- Set examples to the people by repenting their sins when warned by the prophets of heir wrongdoings by worshipping
- Killing the priests of Baal e.g. Jehu
- Restoring temple worship e.g. David/captured the ark/taking the ark to Jerusalem.
- Removal of the covenant/they led the people in renewing their allegiance to Yahweh and the Sinai covenant e.g. Jehu and Josiah they renewed Jewish festivals.
- Repaired the temple/they made God’s dwelling place presentable and accorded it its due respect Hezekiah/build a temple e.g. Solomon.
- Destroyed the bronze serpent that Moses had made during the exodus for the Israelites had begun worshipping it they burnt incense to it (Hezekiah of Judah 2 Kings 18:3)
- They did not form political alliances with neighbouring kings thus demonstrating to the people that God was to be completely trusted.
6. State five reasons why Samuel was opposed to the idea of having a king in Israel 1 Sam 8:6-18
- They would be rejecting God as their unseen King/ruler.
- Their sons would be recruited forcefully into the army.
- There would be forced labour
- The people would be enslaved.
- The king would grab their land/property/maid/servant.
- There would be over-taxation.
- They would lose their identity as a covenant people/Idolatry.
- Their daughter will be made Mandy in the royal houses.
- Hereditary kingship would lead to oppression/dictatorship
7. State the factors that led to failure of David’ successor
- They shed innocent blood
- They were oppressive in their rule (forced labour/heavy taxation/bribery)
- They married foreign wives
- They built temples/shrines for idols
- They were unfaithful/ dishonest
- They did not tell people who God was
- They were disobedient to God
- They did not rule according to the law of Moses
- They did not listen to the prophets
- They worshipped both God and idols/syncretism/worshipped idols
- They sought alliances with neighboring states instead of relying of God
8. What are the factors that prevent political leaders form performing their duties efficiently in Kenya today?
- Ridicule from members of the society
- Inability to live up to the expectations of the electorate/promises made
- Women leaders are discriminated against/looked down upon
- Lack of training in leadership skills/poor looked down upon
- Divisions/conflicts within/between the parties
- Lack of adequate forum to meet/address their electorate
- Insecurity funds to initiate development projects help their electorate
- Differing/conflicting ideologies resulting in divisive decisions
- Inadequate funds to initiate development projects help their electorate.
- Personal differences
- Inadequate infrastructure
- Cultural/religious barriers/tribal/ethnic/racial corruption
9. State the achievements of Solomon as King of Israel
- He built the temple for the worship of Yahweh
- He established trade links with neighboring nations
- He built many cities in Israel/ infrastructure
- He organized the central government/ improved tax collection/ established a strong army to maintain peace
- He established diplomatic links with other countries/ nations
- He built a magnificent palace
- He composed proverbs songs for the worship of Yahweh/ wrote the book of ecclesiastics
- He settled disputes wisely
- He installed the Ark of the Covenant in the temple/ dedicated the temple of God.
10. Explain four factors which led to Religious Schism in Israel after the death of King Solomon.
- Introduction of foreign gods by the wife of king Ahab
- King Ahab allowed his wife to worship their gods which displeased Yahweh.
- The building of high places for foreign gods in Israel by King Ahab
- Oppression of the Israelites as enforced by King Ahab
- Establishment of worshiping places by King Jeroboam in northern Kingdom
- Rehoboam’s rejection of the elder’s advice and promising to rule in a harsh way
- Long standing internal conflict in the house of King David
- Failure of King Solomon to guide his sons
11. Explain four ways in which King David’s successors fulfilled prophet SAMUEL'S reasons against kingship in Israel
- Forced labour: Solomon used forced labour in building his palace and temple of God
- Grab land: As indicated by Samuel Ahab killed and grabbed Naboths vineyard
- Over taxation: King Solomon over taxed his people to meet the expenditure of his royal palace
- Lose their identity as covenant people: During the reign of Zedekiah Israel was taken to exile
- Hereditary leadership would lead to oppression: Rehoboam, Solomon‘s son promised to double the burden on the people, leading to schism.
12. Four ways in which king Solomon fulfilled Samuel’s prophecy about kingship in Israel
- Solomon used forced labour during the construction of his palace and temple
- Solomon overtaxed the Israelites to provide for the up keep of the palace and army
- He grabbed the property of the Israelites and gave it to his officials
- He took the daughters of the Israelites and made them his payments and concubines
- He was oppressive in his rule e.g. the killed his half-brother Adonijah
- He sold part of Israel land due to debts he had incurred
- He allowed his wives to bring the false gods into Israel
- His marriage alliances made Israel loose identity us Gods nation
State five factors which led to the division of the Kingdom of Israel after the death of King Solomon
Factors which led to the division of the kingdom of Israel
- Foreign wives - Solomon had married many foreign princesses who bought high places ( idols) with them the worship of foreign gods to Israel.
- Sol. Worship ( idols) - Solomon not only allowed his foreigners wives to worship their gods but also built high places of worship where his wives worshipped their gods. This displeased God.
- Solomon broke the covenant with God by disobeying his commands not to worship foreign gods. ( 1 kings 11: 9- 10)
- Over taxation - In order to support his harem of wives and court officials, Solomon needed a lot of money and this he got by overtaxing his subjects. This was oppression.
- Forced labour - Solomon spent years and a lot of resources building his own palace and the temple, projects made him introduce forced labour in Israel.
- Kingdom divided redness of Jeroboam - The over- taxation and forced labour made the Israelites dissatisfied with Solomon’s rules. The dissatisfaction among the Israelites found a spokesman in Jeroboam.
- After Solon’s death his son Rehoboam succeeded him/ rejection of the advice from the old men
- Jeroboam led a delegation of Israelites elders to Rehoboam to ask him to rule them less harshly than his father Solomon. The bitterness of the Northern Kingdom led to the rebellion.
- Rehoboam rejected the counsel of the elders who advised him to tell the delegation that he would rule them less harshly than Solomon. The bitterness of the Northern Kingdom led to the rebellion
- He listened to the young men who told him to tell the delegation that he would rule them more harshly than his father cared for him/ Rehoboam listened. The readiness of Jeroboam to lead a rebellion/ encouragement from prophet. Elijah to lead the rebellion North
- When Rehoboam told the delegation that his rule would be harsher than his father’ they were so angered and the ten northern tribes of Israel rejected him as King and rebelled against him.
- The rebellious tribes chose Jeroboam as their king and only the two southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin remained under the Kingship of Rehoboam. The redness of Jeroboam to lead rebellious tribes/ encouragement of Prophet Elijah to lead rebellion tribe.
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