Rehoboam had a son who became king after his death; his name was Abijam, and there was not much to say for his reign. He reigned three years and was in constant conflict with the king of Israel. Though there may not be much to say as in this chapter, when one looks as 2 Chronicles 13, we have a different picture. Even with that, however, coming back to 1 Kings 15, we learn that Abijam had love toward the Lord, but “his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God” (15:3).
The Kings of Judah followed this line: Rehoboam, Abijam, and now we are introduced to Asa (15:9-24). Asa is identified as a king who was loyal to the Lord, and for forty-one years he reigned. His heart was loyal to the Lord, but this loyalty became a bit confused later in life; near the end of his time on the throne the king of Israel (Baasha) threatened the king (15:16-22; 2 Chronicles 16).
The Kings of Israel followed this line: Jeroboam and Nadab (15:25-32). Nadab was son of the wicked (and rejected) king Jeroboam. Nadab reigned two years and was killed in battle (a siege) by Baasha, thus bring the “dynasty” of Jeroboam to an abrupt end, just as the Lord declared would occur (15:29-30; 14:14). In his place Baasha reigned, and he reigned a rather long time (15:33-34).
Application: We are now in the part of Israel’s recorded history where the story of one come after another is told to us. Many of these kings reigned a rather long period of time, and whatever economic good they might have done is of no real consequence to the Lord; it was always a matter of where their heart resided (cf. 2 Chronicles 16:9). In this there is a powerful lesson: while our country focuses on economics, what does the Lord see in regard to loyalty to Him? Do we think we can stand indefinitely because we are a “power-player” in the world of economics and militaristically?
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