Israel’s existence as a nation is not long, at this juncture. Already, to this time, each king in Israel’s monarchy has had the Lord’s disapproval (with regard to their actions and heart). What Jeroboam started each king perpetuated. Jehu gave some semblance to the Lord in some of his actions, and his son, when he became king, did the same; still he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam (13:1-9). The historical Record, in quick succession mentions the next two kings. First, the son of Jehoahaz, Jehoash (Joash), became king. He reigned 16 years, but the one all-important trait of his reign was in his failure to depart from Jeroboam’s sins as recorded in 1 Kings 12 (13:9-13). To succeed him was another man named Jeroboam (also known as Jeroboam II). Before Joash died, however, he had an interview with Elisha before the great prophet’s passing (13:14-19). Israel and Syria had skirmishes all the days of Joash (13:20-25).
Application: Israel’s failing, as a nation, was seen in its leadership (more will be said on this in another chapter). Continually, we read of one of the king’s failing to depart from the sins of Jeroboam. You’ll recall that Jeroboam changed the Lord’s pattern of worship. So serious was this that the Lord did not forget and those who perpetuated this change were remembered for that.