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4. 6 Kings Succeed Jeroboam in Israel

October 12, 2010

Text:    I Kings 15:21-16:34 

Outline:            I.     Nadab Succeeds Jeroboam                                  I Kings 15:21-26

                               II.    Baasha Destroys Jeroboam’s Family                I Kings 15:27-34

                              III.  Baasha and Elah are Killed                                     I Kings 16:1-10

                              IV.  Zimri Destroys Baasha’s Family                           I Kings 16:11-14

                              V.   A Military Coup and Civil War                               I Kings 16:15-22

                             VI.  Omri and Ahab Offer Stability                               I Kings 16:23-34

Context/Discussion/Comments: 

                Nadab, Jeroboam’s son, succeeds him in the second year of Asa’s reign in Judah.  He continued the sinful idolatrous policies of his father during his 2 years on the throne of Israel.  His reign was short because Baasha, son of Ahijah the prophet, killed him in a battle against the Philistines so he could succeed him on Israel’s throne.  Baasha continued to kill all of Jeroboam’s family because of God’s prophecy through Ahijah.  Baasha became king in the third year of Asa’s reign in Judah.  He too did evil as did Jeroboam and warred continuously with Asa, king of Judah. The Lord speaks to Jehu promising to destroy the house of Baasha as He did the house of Jeroboam because Baasha did not follow the Lord but provoked Israel to sin and worship idols.

                  Baasha dies and is succeeded by his son Elah in the 26th year of Asa’s reign in Judah.  He reigned only 2 years before Zimri, one of his officials, murdered him and became the next king of Israel.  Zimri proceeds to kill all Baasha’s family, fulfilling God’s prophecy against Baasha.  Idolatrous Zimri was king of Israel for 7 days and then a military coup took place making Omri king and attacking Zimri at Tirzah. 

                 Omri reigns 12 years beginning with the 31st year of Asa, king of Judah.  Omri makes Samaria the capital of Israel but he too is sinful and idolatrous, provoking God to be angry.  Omri dies and Ahab, his son, becomes king of Israel in the 38th year of Asa, king of Judah.  Ahab is more evil than his predecessors, marrying a pagan woman named Jezebel from Sidon.  Baal worship becomes the official religion of Israel, further angering the Lord.  During Ahab’s reign, Jericho is rebuilt.  Hiel, the person in charge of the rebuilding, loses his firstborn son and also his youngest son, fulfilling Joshua’s prophecy when the city fell [Joshua 6:26].

 Lessons/Applications: 

  1. Evil government can bring stability but the cost of lives is high.  Only righteous government can bring stability frosted with abundant blessings.
  2. God’s prophecies are true and sure.  Hindsight reveals they come quickly against those who disobey His Word.
  3. Failure to repent causes God’s anger to rise unmercifully. 
  4. Warring against God leads to destruction in both the short term and the long term.  The short term consequences are physical death.  The long term consequence is eternal death, hell.
  5. The Lord is sovereign even over all governments.  Even the evil ones get His attention.  Evil governments tend to change often because the Lord is wanting a person to govern righteously according to His Laws.
  6. Evil governments promote and result in division.  Righteous governments promote unity.  Division or unity are signs of evil and righteous government respectively.  The greater the division, the greater the evil.  The greater the unity, the greater the righteousness.  God’s Will is for righteous governments; fair, just, and loving; full of grace and mercy.  Vote for people who promote unity and not division regardless of their politics.
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