Thursday, January 16, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 50 Tuesday

I Kings chapter 16

It was quite a time of upheaval in Israel! The throne of the northern kingdom changed hands from dynasty to dynasty in a series of coups d'etat.

Does God issue any commands?

  • We can infer that God told the prophet Jehu to go to Baasha to deliver God's message to him.

Does God make any promises?

  • God made the same promise (curse) to Baasha as He did to Jeroboam. Talking through the prophet Jehu, God told Baasha that his family would be destroyed because as king he made the people of Israel to sin. This came to pass during the reign of Elah, Baasha's son. Elah was killed by Zimri, one of his captains, who then killed Baasha's family and took the throne after his act of treason. (He only reigned for 7 days before being dethroned himself.)

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • In the southern kingdom that was reigned by the House of David, Asa watched as the rebellious nation of Israel was led by one rebel leader after another as dynasties were dethroned. Nothing was stable in that neighboring country, including the government! Jesus, the creator of all, still watches as our rebellious world follows one rebel leader after another, each progressively worse than the one before. Ultimately the rebellious will follow the Anti-Christ, the one whose sole purpose is to dethrone King Jesus, but he will himself be defeated.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • None that I identified.

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