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August 16, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Kings 16 (ESV)

And the word of the Lord came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying, “Since I exalted you out of the dust and made you leader over my people Israel, and you have walked in the way of Jeroboam and have made my people Israel to sin, provoking me to anger with their sins, behold, I will utterly sweep away Baasha and his house, and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat. Anyone belonging to Baasha who dies in the city the dogs shall eat, and anyone of his who dies in the field the birds of the heavens shall eat.”

Now the rest of the acts of Baasha and what he did, and his might, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? And Baasha slept with his fathers and was buried at Tirzah, and Elah his son reigned in his place.Moreover, the word of the Lord came by the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha and his house, both because of all the evil that he did in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam, and also because he destroyed it......Continue Reading

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  1. 31And as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, he took for his wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal and worshiped him. 32He erected an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he built in Samaria. 33And Ahab made an Asherah. Ahab did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him. 😁

  2. It is sad when the one who is the vehicle of God’s judgement on one house needs then to be judged because they too do not follow God. If Jeroboam’s whole family is judged because of his sin, why does Baasha not think the same will come to him if he follows in the evil path of Jeroboam? But the kings of the northern kingdom continue not to get the point. When you don’t follow God, His judgement will follow and you will also be subject to the evil of men and the intrigue that comes with it….the back stabbing and the coups that happen in the higher echelons of government. And without God’s stamp of approval, there is confusion about who should be king anyway. When might makes right, then the strongest one wields the power. But things go from bad to worse in the kingdom of Israel. It’s no wonder they will be exiled first before Judah…..

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