Today’s passage: 1 Kings 15:25-16:7
- Jeroboam’s line lasted just over two years after his death. God’s promise to Jeroboam had been fulfilled.
- To give us a time reference, the twenty four years Baasha reigned over Israel were 909-886 B.C.
- Baasha was used by God to end the line of Jeroboam over Israel because of their sin, and then Baasha carried on in the same sin, and saw the same consequence.
Questions to consider:
- Given the fact that Baasha reigned for twenty four years, he certainly would have felt that he’d been a superior king than Nadab (Or perhaps even better than Jereboam). What aspects of his reign might he have been proud of that made him forget or ignore the most important thing?
- What were these kings of Israel supposed to do for the well-being of their people? What did their sinful leadership result in (Including for their own sons who would begin to reign in their place)?
- While poor, sinful leadership will often result in an increase of sinfulness among the people, what does Jehu’s presence and usefulness to the Lord help us to remember? What opportunities to follow the Lord might present themselves under different leadership?