Northern Israel goes through a time of great political instability, with assassination commonplace. Israel has six kings while Judah has only one – godly Asa. The cycle of the Book of Judges is repeated, with no Judge arising to save Israel. God does send His prophet Elijah instead! Israel has rejected God and His Christ. Their way peters out, as Psalm 2 warns.
“And as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, …”
Baasha, Elah, Zimri, Omri, Tibni and Ahab.
A sorry lot of kings who did evil, each one going deeper and deeper in sin. Both in themselves and in leading the people.
Here we see the very real effects of continual unrepentant sin in the king, a life of unbelief, rejecting God and His word.
It is good to remind ourselves that at the root of this evil is idolatry.
David sinned, but he continued to promote a true worship of God and obedience to His ways through to his death.
From Solomon we see kings who sin and push false religions, ideologies that whether a little or a lot seeming-different from God’s way are IDOLATRY.
We as God’s people need to be especially vigilant in a time when idols might not be as obvious as they once were.
We as God’s people need to protect and promote the right worship of our God, true religion in word and in practice.
* Holy God,
You alone are the true God, Lord Your Name be praised!
Please help us to be discerning, to watch for any false teaching, for any ideology and movement that takes our eyes from You.
Please open our eyes to the idols that exist in our world today, and give us the strength and courage, the conviction, to resist them.
Thank You Lord for saving us from our sin.