1 Kings 15

1 Kings 15 lists the transition of kings leading the people of Judah and Israel.  The nation is divided and there are two kingdoms in place, and they don’t get along and are at war continually.  The chapter begins telling the history of Judah.  “Abijam began to reign….three years….he walked in all the sins that his father did before him….his heart was not wholly true to the Lord”.  He takes over for his evil father Rehoboam and continues to walk in sin.  God is not pleased with the current leadership, but He never forgets His promises.

“Nevertheless, for David’s sake….because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite”, God does not destroy the kingdom.  God is faithful to the tribe of Judah because of David’s faithfulness.  Notice how scripture sees David here – he was obedient to God in all but one thing – his plot to get rid of Uriah so he could take Bathsheba as his wife.  One major sin that blots his record.  Yet God remembers the promises He made to David and honors them.

Then comes a new king.  “Asa….reigned forty-one years….did what was right in the eyes of the Lord….the heart of Asa was wholly true to the Lord all his days”.  The first king since David to walk with God.  But things are still a struggle. Baasha king of Israel, has a siege going on against Asa.  So “King Asa sent them to Ben-hadad….king of Syria….saying Let there be a covenant between me and you”.  He reaches out to make a treaty with the king of Syria to get the Israelite siege stopped, and it works.  The Syrians drive the focus away from attacking Judah to protecting their own people.

Things aren’t much better for the leadership of the Israelite part of the kingdom.  “Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in the second year of Asa….two years….He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord….he made Israel to sin….Baasha killed him”.  The evil leadership continues and follows in Jeroboam’s footsteps.  So Baasha takes over as king and “killed all the house of Jeroboam….according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by his servant Ahijah”.  This was prophesied earlier and now has come to pass – the descendants of Jeroboam are wiped out.

If you ever wonder if leadership matters, studying the kings certainly can make that clear. “It was for the sins of Jeroboam that he sinned and that he made Israel to sin, and because of the anger to which he provoked the Lord, the God of Israel”.  God always does what He says.  Both kingdoms have struggled with leadership being evil and leading them away from God.  But the tribe of Judah is on a better course right now with Asa as he turned to God and brought them back.

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