In 1 Kings 16, we get a glimpse of the different kings who reigned in Israel since Jeroboam and then Nadab. Those two kings did evil in the sight of God, with all their forms of idolatry. And these new kings that came about also carried on the same idolatry practices as their fathers did. Even their sins were called out by the writer of kings and by Hanani, a prophet. The kings that I will be addressing are the following in order of being king, Baasha, Elah, Zimri, Omri, and then Ahab. You can see how many years they reigned in this chapter and also on a map HERE.
Basha, the son of Hanai
Note: He was a wicked king, who did evil in the sight of God. He was responsible for killing all the house of Jeroboam. He walked in the ways of Jeroboam and caused Israel to sin, which provoked the Lord to anger.
11 Kings 15:29,30;33,34 (KJV)
29 And it came to pass, when he reigned, that he smote all the house of Jeroboam; he left not to Jeroboam any that breathed, until he had destroyed him, according unto the saying of the Lord, which he spake by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite:
30 Because of the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned, and which he made Israel sin, by his provocation wherewith he provoked the Lord God of Israel to anger.
33 In the third year of Asa king of Judah began Baasha the son of Ahijah to reign over all Israel in Tirzah, twenty and four years.
34 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.
21 Kings 16:1-4 (KJV)
1 Then the word of the Lord came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying,
2 Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust, and made thee prince over my people Israel; and thou hast walked in the way of Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins;
3 Behold, I will take away the posterity of Baasha, and the posterity of his house; and will make thy house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
4 Him that dieth of Baasha in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth of his in the fields shall the fowls of the air eat.
Elah, the son of Baasha
Note: He was a wicked king, who also caused Israel to sin, which provoked the Lord God to anger with all their vanities. He was later killed by his own servant Zimri. Zimri also slew all the house of Baasha.
21 Kings 16:8-13 (KJV)
8 In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of Judah began Elah the son of Baasha to reign over Israel in Tirzah, two years.
9 And his servant Zimri, captain of half his chariots, conspired against him, as he was in Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza steward of his house in Tirzah.
10 And Zimri went in and smote him, and killed him, in the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his stead.
11 And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one that pisseth against a wall, neither of his kinsfolks, nor of his friends.
12 Thus did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasha, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake against Baasha by Jehu the prophet.
13 For all the sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah his son, by which they sinned, and by which they made Israel to sin, in provoking the Lord God of Israel to anger with their vanities.
Zimri, the servant of Elah, and son of Zerah
Note: Along with the things already mentioned about Zimri above, we know he was a wicked king, who did evil in the sight of the Lord. He walked in the ways of Jeroboam and even caused Israel to sin.
21 Kings 16:15-19 (KJV)
15 In the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah did Zimri reign seven days in Tirzah. And the people were encamped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines.
16 And the people that were encamped heard say, Zimri hath conspired, and hath also slain the king: wherefore all Israel made Omri, the captain of the host, king over Israel that day in the camp.
17 And Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him, and they besieged Tirzah.
18 And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the palace of the king’s house, and burnt the king’s house over him with fire, and died.
19 For his sins which he sinned in doing evil in the sight of the Lord, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he did, to make Israel to sin.
Omri, unknown father
Note: He was a wicked king, who wrought evil in the sight of God. It is said that he did worse than all that came before him as king. He also walked in the ways of Jeroboam and caused Israel to sin with him. Therefore, God’s anger was upon him because of their vanities.
21 Kings 16:21-26 (KJV)
21 Then were the people of Israel divided into two parts: half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king; and half followed Omri.
22 But the people that followed Omri prevailed against the people that followed Tibni the son of Ginath: so Tibni died, and Omri reigned.
23 In the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah began Omri to reign over Israel, twelve years: six years reigned he in Tirzah.
24 And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria.
25 But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the Lord, and did worse than all that were before him.
26 For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin, to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger with their vanities.
Ahab, the son of Omri
Note: He was a wicked king, who did more evil in the sight of the Lord than any king before him. He even married one of the most wicked women of all time, who was called Jezebel. It was him that set up the importance of worshiping Baal, and even caused the people to do so as well. He even made altars for Baal in the house of Baal, This was built in Samaria. We can contrast this to the real believers worshiping God in the house of the Lord. We know that he was so evil that it mentions that he did more to provoke God to anger than any other king twice in this chapter.
21 Kings 16:29-33 (KJV)
29 And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years.
30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him.
31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.
32 And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.
33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.
Do you see a trend here? Every king that came forth from Israel up until Ahab was wicked. Even Ahab was the worst of the worst in the sight of God, with Baal worship coming into the picture. He also married Jezebel, who was responsible for purging the prophets that came from God. This was until Elijah. We will see him come into the picture in 1 Kings 16. This is just the start of a roller-coaster ride we will now see with the evils that came from Ahab, the king. What can we learn from this chapter? These generations are affected because of evil men before them. Even kings come about doing what is wicked in the sight of God, because of those before him’s example. And only this can stop when God intervenes in a person’s life. It is my prayer that you learn from what these evil kings have done and start to get right with God yourself. Don’t be found provoking God to anger like they did. If you do, then hell awaits you when you die. Therefore, repent and surrender your life to Jesus. It is not worth living in sin when destruction awaits your soul because of it. Repentance is the best thing God has given us. This is when we are able to experience God’s hand of mercy first hand and even experience a life change. Where all the evil is washed away and God’s holiness begins to reign in its stead.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will not be responsible for causing their family generations to dwell in unbelief and wickedness in the sight of God. That people will begin to call out to You in repentance, and no longer walk in willful sin. Surely, this type of wicked lifestyle causes others to stumble, since they do not have any guidance on what is wrong any longer. So we have families that are rising up and coming after their same upbringing, which are evil. As the later people did wicked in Your sight, oh God, they do also. And so we have people nowadays, Lord, who are for abortion, homosexuality and same-sex marriage. These same people are more into themselves, then following You and keeping Your commandments. As the kings of old failed because of their vanities, people now are so into their smartphones, gaming consoles, TVs, and other electronic devices. People get so into these things that it begins to be the topic of discussion, where You are not even existent any longer. God, this is so wicked and needs to be stopped, in Your might Name, Jesus. What is sad is that people that attend church are generally people that do these things as well. It seems that when they leave the church doors that they are back to the same things as they were doing before. Lord, I do not wish that these people go to hell when they die, but that they will repent of their wicked deeds before it is too late. That they will no longer go behind your back in secret while looking at and enjoying pornography, playing violent video games, and filling their minds with junk. These people ought to be seeking You first in their lives and they are not. So I pray that people will cry out to You in their confessions and give their lives to You fully, this day. There is salvation still to those that call upon Your Name in the sincerity of heart of being saved. I love You, Lord. You are the only way to eternal life and I will cling to You all my days. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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