Archive for February 18th, 2013

1 Kings 15:25-16:34

1 Kings 15:25-16:34 gives us a view into the leadership that ruled Israel.  And it is a very sad state of leaders indeed.  This is the list of people who came after Jeroboam, who had sinned and led the people away from God.  It goes on like this from that point:

–       “Nadab the son of Jeroboam….did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin which he made Israel to sin

–       Baasha conspired against him….struck him down at Gibbethon….did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and walked in the way of Jeroboam and in his sin which he made Israel to sin

–       Elah his son reigned in his place….all the evil that he did in the sight of the Lord

–       Zimri, commander of half his chariots, conspired against him…..sins that he committed, doing evil in the sight of the Lord, walking in the way of Jeroboam, and for his sin which he committed, making Israel to sin

–       Omri did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and did more evil than all who were before him. For he walked….in the sins that he made Israel to sin

–       Ahab his son reigned in his place….did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him

Six kings that just didn’t get it.  They sinned and did worse….they “made Israel to sin”.  They led the people away from God into idol worship and worse.  Don’t ever think that leadership doesn’t matter.  It does, but not just in political areas.  Leadership matters in spiritual areas as well.  People follow people.  People watch people.  People are paying attention to how you live.  It starts at home, where we have the most influence, even when it doesn’t seem like the kids are listening. They are, and as scripture tells us, if we train them up right in God’s truth they will come back to it.

But spiritually bad leadership can derail a nation.  We must never believe that those who represent us in government don’t have any influence on us spiritually.  They absolutely do.  They can lead us astray.  We must guard our hearts and keep our focus on God, so that no matter what leadership may do, we will not fall into sin.  This leadership was passed from father to son, or sometimes stolen through killings and overthrow, but make no mistake about it, in each case, the sin of the leader passed to his people.

I didn’t mention Timri in the list above, as he only lasted seven
days in power before being killed.  But he too was off the track with God.  The one that truly stands out though is Ahab.  Check what scripture has to say about him: “Ahab did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him”.  How’s that for his claim to fame.  He did more to make God angry than anyone.  Quite a statement to go on the old tombstone isn’t it?  We need to pay attention to how we live.  We are all leading someone, and for most of us, some many.  How we live matters, not only to us as God measures our obedience, but in the lives of those we touch as they can be pulled away from or toward God, based on how we live.

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