1 Kings Chapter 16

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1 Kings 16

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.

5 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?

6 So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buried in Tirzah: and Elah his son reigned in his stead.

7 And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of the Lord against Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the Lord, in provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam; and because he killed him.

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.

14 Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

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.

20 Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his treason that he wrought, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

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.

27 Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did, and his might that he shewed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

28 So Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria: and Ahab his son reigned in his stead.

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.

34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.

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37 thoughts on “1 Kings Chapter 16

  1. 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.

  2. 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.
    What a terrible testimony! I would hate to have that terrible testimony said about me or my household. We must guard ourselves and check our actions everyday to make sure we are pleasing to God and that our answers please him.

  3. 2 “I lifted you out of the dust to make you ruler of my people Israel, but you have followed the evil example of Jeroboam. You have provoked my anger by causing my people Israel to sin. (NLT)

    God calls each of us for a purpose but ultimately the choice is our own. How will you chose to lead?

  4. 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.

    Jeroboam and his people were worshipping Idols, and doing things that pleases their flesh. They for gotten the ways of the Lord. I pray that today and always that I will obey the commandmentso of the Lord by staying true to him, no matter what our nation tries to change. Gods word never change because it’s forever settled in heaven.

  5. 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.

  6. JUDGMENT COMES TO THE HOUSE OF SIN

    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.
    5 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?
    6 So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buried in Tirzah: and Elah his son reigned in his stead.

    Deception is deep and painful. The WORD of GOD has established the eternal distinction of sin. The apostle James concluded:

    James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

    The same eternal WORD of GOD, describes sin as pleasurable.

    Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

    The contrast is simple, the decision is defining.

    Temporarily enjoy sin for a short period of time and die repeatedly for eternity.

    or

    Eternally be in peace with GOD and suffer for a short period of time.

    People are deceived into thinking and even believing that they can get away with sin. Then out of nowhere judgement appears.

    We must be prayerful in our approach to the presence and power of GOD. Humble ourselves and allow JESUS to lift us.

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  7. 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.

    This is what happens when we don’t have unity. Its important for us to have unity it’s also important for us to continue to pray about unity because without unity a church can’t stand that is why we need to continue to that about unity. We really don’t need divided. But we need revive. We need to pray for each other.

  8. 1 Kings 16:2, 19, 25-26, 30-31 (NLT)
    2) (Baasha) – I lifted you out of the dust to make you ruler of my people Israel, but you have followed the evil example of Jeroboam. You have provoked my anger by causing my people Israel to sin.
    19) (Zimri) – For he, too, had done what was evil in the LORD’s sight. He followed the example of Jeroboam in all the sins he had committed and lead Israel to commit.
    25-26) (Omri) – But Omri did what was evil in the LORD’s sight, even more than any of the kings before him. He followed the example of Jeroboam son of Nebat in all the sins he had committed and led Israel to commit. The people provoked the anger of the LORD, the God of Israel, with their worthless Idols.
    30-31) (Ahab) – But Ahab son of Omri did what was evil in the LORD’s sight, even more than any of the kings before him. And as though it were not enough to follow the sinful example of Jeroboam, he married Jezebel, the daughter of King Ethbaal of the Sidonians, and he began to bow down in worship of Baal.

    In reading this chapter, we see that they, Baasha – Zimri – Omri – Ahab, all followed the evil and sinful example of Jeroboam.

    3 John 1:11 (NLT) says, “Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.”

  9. 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.

  10. 34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.

    No matter how long it may take, God’s word will come to pass.

  11. 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.
    34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.

    There is no escaping judgement for sin. These men lived in total disregard for God and his word, yet they are all judged by it. Rebuilding Jericho came at a terrible price, yet the man kept building. It makes me think of scripture where God turns men over to a reprobate spirit/mind:
    “The phrase “reprobate mind” is found in Romans 1:28 in reference to those whom God has rejected as godless and wicked. They “suppress the truth by their wickedness,” and it is upon these people that the wrath of God rests (Romans 1:18). The Greek word translated “reprobate” in the New Testament is adokimos, which means literally “unapproved, that is, rejected; by implication, worthless (literally or morally).” (from an online commentary) The bottom line is that the wages of sin is death.

  12. As we have been reading about Isreal. It seems that it’s as a roller coaster. Up and down. For God. Sinned against God. I am reminded of a very true Chinese proverb. A single grain of rice can tip the balance scale. Now I’m not one to believe in old wise fables. Yet the word of God is true. We must be of sound mind and focus on God. As we have read it takes one person to tip from going to God from God. What are we doing in this world to tip the world to God.

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    34It was during his reign that Hiel, a man from Bethel, rebuilt Jericho. When he laid its foundations, it cost him the life of his oldest son, Abiram. And when he completed it and set up its gates, it cost him the life of his youngest son, Segub. This all happened according to the message from the lord concerning Jericho spoken by Joshua son of Nun.

    The prophecies of the Lord will always come to past. This prophecy was several hundreds of years old and it was fulfilled just as the man of God had spoken it.

  14. Prov 13:17 Irresponsible talk makes a real mess of things, but a reliable reporter is a healing presence.

    Likely, most of have heard the old adage “If you don’t have anything nice to say; do not say anything at all.” The best I can remember, the first I heard is was on the Disney cartoon Bambi. A person’s words are the most powerful things we have. It’s our individual job to keep our words positive and reliable. So, if we have something to say, first ask whether it will hurt someone. Second, ask how what we say will benefit someone. Sometimes, we often fail to realize the negative affects our words have.

    No one is perfect, and sometimes, we need to just rant and complain. But, once we are done, revisit our thought process. We must learn that negative words lead to a negative life. Remove the words “awful” and “hate” from your vocabulary.

  15. “And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him. 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. And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.”
    ‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭16:30-32‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    This is why we have the call to go to Samaria. It was an evil place. We are to go out, even to the evil places and teach the word of God.

    “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  16. It just keeps getting worse

    25 But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the Lord, and did worse than all that were before him.

    30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that

    When things are going continually in the wrong direction it seems like someone would have questioned why. All you see in these passages is the Lord getting more and more angry with Israel. You never see anyone pray and ask God to guide them out of the mess. The reason their problem keeps getting worse is that no one is praying. Without communication with the general the troops will go the wrong way and be lost in the battle. Prayer is the key to victory.

  17. Be careful who you marry in the sight of the Lord.

    I know that I’ve dated and even married none Christians I wasn’t on the word of God at the time I married. I know that my husband is sick and distraught over the sins that we did. I already asked Jesus forgiveness for my sins daily and in the past. I know that theres people who still worship idols i hope i never do. The tv is an idol and i have to leave it turned off most of the time. Ect.
    but I never get tired of God’s word. I pray Lord with fear and trembling to adhere to your ways and obey you…dear Jesus.
    I know who my God (Jesus) is and I’m staying with Him and only Him and be safe in the church of God’s.

    I love you my Lord.

  18. 30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him

    Above all that were before him….time and time again we see the kings of israel and judah also with this phrase written about them. Oh what merciful God we have for time and time he did not destroy all of humanity. He would take down a kigdom and curse the one causing the people to sin. They were sent prophets to teld them of their evil and sin but they did not hearken…it seems almost as if God kept having hope in humanity waiting for one to raise up and seek his face and walk in his ways. Waiting for the people to repent from their sins and follow and worship him only. Today is a good day of salvation. May our generations of apostolic christian be written in the book of acts as they followed and were righteous above all that were before them. May there be such a revival and turning back to God like never before.

  19. When you loose sight of the promise, you loose sight of the vision. Isreal went down a wicked path because the leaders did what pleased the people instead of what pleased God. It is important to remember, it is not the people that is going to save us, it’s Jesus.

  20. It is very evident that after one King dies another one will rule in his place. The question we must ask ourselves is when we dethrone God; who is suppose to be the King of kings and reign over our lives, homes, and church. Who are we allowing to rule in His place? Or many be what are we allowing to rule in His place?

    We must stay focused and on track placing God first and all others to the side. He is Lord of lords and King of kings.

  21. 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.

    As if it was an easy thing for him to walk in sin…..oh Lord guard our hearts so that when sin calls out to us we can have a determanation that we will not go the way of the world. We must live hard fir God so that it will not be a light thing to follow after sin. With our whole heart and a made up mind will we flee from sin!

  22. 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.

    Spiritual perversion doesn’t stop with just the basic lusts of the flesh, it entertains an antichrist spirit that seeks to directly oppose and turn everything on its head so that it is the opposite of God’s order. The spirit of antichirst is interpreting in the Greek as literally “the adversary of the Messiah.” The Bible declares Jesus is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, and His plan for our redemption was set in motion long before He was conceived in Mary’s womb. This sort of extreme opposition to God’s order will culminate in “the Antichrist” of prophesy however the Bible also declares this spirit is already at work in the world and embodied by many individuals (1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7.) The sort of spiritual perversion isn’t exactly casual but involves a particular depth of not only rejection of God but of embracing all that is unlike Him. Today’s chapter shows the line of kings before Ahab who paved the way for the antichrist spirit to take hold in Israel like that, and we see how generation after generation did worse than all who had been before them. It was not only perpetuated but multiplied. Our Apostolic heritage gives us access to generations of anointing, wisdom, spiritual covering, and direction, but just as we can see the benefit of generation after generation being established in God’s Kingdom, we must also realize how generation after generation in this world is being rooted in the spirit of antichrist. Even within the last two generations, the shift has been phenomenal and it is plain to see that spiritual perversion has taken hold in our culture AND is being taught to young people as “doctrinal truth.” We must not underestimate the spiritual corruption of the world and how deeply that influences the souls caught up in those ways of living. Likewise, we must not underestimate our God for we know He can never be outdone by the ways of darkness and His triumph has already come at Calvary. If the depths of evil can do such great things for evil, then truly we have not yet even begun to see the fulfillment of Daniel 11:32 in which we are promised that in spite of the wickedness of the Antichrist, the people that do know their God have the victory and “shall be strong, and do exploits.”

  23. 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.

    While Israel kept getting new kings Asa has continued to rule in Judah and I believe it is because he did his best to serve God while he was king and do good in the sight of the Lord

  24. “In Ahab’s time, Hiel from Bethel rebuilt Jericho. When he laid its foundations, it cost him the life of his oldest son Abiram. When he set up its gates, it cost him the life of his youngest son Segub. That’s what the Lord had said would happen. He had spoken it through Joshua, the son of Nun.”
    ‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭16:34‬ ‭NIRV‬‬
    “The words I speak are like that. They will not return to me without producing results. They will accomplish what I want them to. They will do exactly what I sent them to do.”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:11‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

  25. 13because of all the sins Baasha and his son Elah had committed and had caused Israel to commit, so that they aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, by their worthless idols.

    Why provoke anger with such worthless objects and actions? The almighty God who formed the heavens and the earth only asks for their loyalty and they behave as if it’s too much to ask for. I wonder if they ever looked back and questioned if their actions was really worth it. Was the turning away worth it? Jesus said in Mat 16:26 what good is it to gain the whole world but lose your own soul? It’s not God they are deceiving and lying to it’s their own selves with their selfish, foolish desires. Once the world and its carnal people eats
    you up they will spit you back out. It may be all fun and games but in the end they will all come to light and the Lord will judge. God judges the heart of man and how they have strayed from him the same as a parter would stray from their relationship. Evil deeds done in the dark will come to light. It’s evident God has had enough of the betrayal and now judgment is at hand.

  26. 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.

    5 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?

  27. “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.” The word of God (Judge) records he openly defied God. We have all seen and heard unspeakable and God defying things over the last few years; however some are still in denial. One can rest assured God is recording everything, too include ones thoughts and beliefs. Dear God, let our (my) actions, and thoughts be in alignment and pleasing unto you. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  28. “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.” The Lord is about unity and love; therefore it stands to reason division and hate is of the adversary. There has never been a greater time than now, where the church should be united on the Lord and his word. God help us recognize and draw closer to you, in Jesus name.

  29. The trend in this chapter is recorded as the Kings of Israeli continue to go deeper and deeper into sin with it culminating in Ahab’s human sacrifices. At this point, Israeli has become what God had judged during the time of Moses.

  30. 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;

    We must careful that our actions and attitudes does not cause others watching us to fall or to sin. Someone is always watching, we must be leaders at all times.

  31. 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.

    One reoccurring theme that I have noticed is how angry the Lord is against idol worship. The more the king before worshipped idols the angrier God got against that certain king.
    What strikes me the most is the fact that all of this was because Solomon didn’t obey the Lord in marring all these foreign women. So many women with upbringings of idolatry and sinful lifestyles brought more harm to Israel than any other thing. Even with wiping out the kings blood line, the sin is so deeply imbedded that everyone is falling victim to it. Another thing that strikes me is the fact that no one is seeing the trend. They are so far gone away from God that they do not notice God has stepped back because of the sin.
    What idols have we reared up in our lives that have caused God to take a step back? Why is it that we question every thing else but ignore looking into our lives? One important thing is that without God, there is caos.

  32. 34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.
    Because of this guy’s constant rebellion against God to not build this city, God took away all of his kids, from the first to the last.

  33. 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.

    Someone mentioned to me the other day that this world can be described in one word. Selfie. Everything revolves around the self. What are we doing to put God and others before ourselves? It says in the Scripture referenced that their vanities provoked the Lord to anger. What vanities are we involved in that could be causing division in our walk with God?

  34. “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.”‭‭(1 Kings‬ ‭16:26 KJV)

    When men forsake God, they will be left to prey on one another because they are out of His covering. Proud aspiring men ruin one another. Omri struggled with Tibni for some years. Though we do not always understand the rules by which God governs nations and individuals in his providence, we do know he expects us to obey his laws and commands in order to stay in line with his will.

  35. It is so sad and heartbreaking to read how generation after generation followed in the same tragic disobedience. We must not allow ourselves to fall in the same pattern; but, choose to do right and follow Jesus.

  36. 4 The members of Baasha’s family who die in the city will be eaten by dogs, and those who die in the field will be eaten by vultures.”

    Since their sin was so great, their corpse would be eaten by dogs and vultures. Family members would not have chance to properly bury their loved ones. Having a dog and vultures eat the corpse is sign of disgrace and desecration.

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