Here we look at some lives of kings after Rehoboam and Jeroboam but before Elijah’s ministry.
After Rehoboam’s reign, the Bible mentions two kings that succeeded him: Abijah and Asa.
After Jeroboam’s reign, the Bible mentions seven kings that succeeded him: Nadab, Baasha, Elah, Zimri, Tibni, Omri and Ahab.
With each of kings mentioned, God makes a point of telling us what they had done – their lives illustrated exactly where their hearts really were.
The same can be applied to our lives as we journey through life – with God always at our side, desiring our whole heart and never a half-hearted commitment.
Abijah: He committed all the sins of his father before him. His heart was not fully devoted to the Lord (1 Kings 15:3).
Asa: He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. His heart was fully committed to the Lord of his life (1 Kings 15:11-14).
Nadab, Baasha, Elah, Zimri, Tibni, Omri and Ahab: They all did evil in the eyes of the Lord and the later kings did more evil than the kings before them (1 Kings 15:25 to 1 Kings 16).
This section really depicts the spiritual state of the nation of Israel.
Many of these kings did not care about the spiritual condition of the people and were more concerned about their own physical and material wellbeing.
These kings led the nation into sin, and there were consequences. Sin is always judged harshly but the worst sinners are those who lead others astray. Jesus reminds us in Mark 9:42 that is it better that such people had a milestone tied around their necks and thrown into the sea.
Our thoughts and actions must always be motivated by love and we must be careful about judging others. However, we do have a responsibility to confront sin in the Church.
As individuals we can learn from the past, the experiences of others and the lives of those whose stories have been recorded in the Bible. God has put these stories and life experiences in the Bible, for us to grow closer to Him and to understand His plan and purposes for our lives.
Written by Mark Choice