1 Kgs 15:1-34
We were in this passage given a summary of the reigns of two kings from Judah and two from Israel.
Abijam, king of Judah walked in the sins of his father Rehoboam. His heart was not perfect before God. Nevertheless, for David’s sake and the promise made to him by God, his family was not cut off the throne in Jerusalem.
After Abijam, Asa, his son took over. Asa reigned for forty one years in Jerusalem, and did what was pleasing in the sight of God. He destroyed the sodomites out of the land, removed the idols of his father, and also relieved Maachah, his mother, of her post as queen because of her idolatry. Asa indeed took a hard stance for God, and was willing to go against his own family to obey God’s commandment, his heart was indeed right before God. He was also able to restore some of the treasures taken from the temple. After Asa’s accomplishment (including victory in war with Basha of Israel), he died and his son Jehoshaphat became king in his place.
In Israel meanwhile, during the same parallel period of time, Nadab the son of Jeroboam did evil like his father. He was only able to reign for two years as Basha conspired against him, and killed him. Basha then ruled in Israel. Basha also smote all the house of Jeroboam, fulfilling God’s word through Ahijah. Basha then ruled in Israel for twenty four years, but he also did evil in the sight of God by walking in the ways of Jeroboam.
We will continue to read about these early kings and what we could learn from them.
Some verses to remember
vs 4: Nevertheless for David’s sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem
vs 11: And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father.