May 10. Succession of Kings in Israel

I Kin. 15:25-16:28

Israel was led by a succession of five kings during the reign of Asa in Judah. Nadab, the son of Jeroboam began his reign during the second year of Asa, but because of his wickedness and Jeroboam’s lineage being taken away by God, he was assassinated in less than a year by Baasha, also an evil man.

Baasha destroyed everyone in the house of Jeroboam. God sometimes uses evil people to execute punishment upon other evil persons. He reigned for twenty four years and at his death, his son, Elah became king of Israel.

Elah’s reign began during the twenty-sixth year of Asa’s Judean reign. However, because of the wickedness of himself and of his father, Baasha, he also was assassinated by Zimri during Asa’s twenty-seventh year.

After Zimri had been king for only seven days, the Israelites revolted and made their army commander, Omri king over Israel. His reign began in turbulence since half of the people wanted Tibni to be their king, but the followers of Omri prevailed after a four-year civil war. He ruled over Israel for twelve years. Israel was governed by many wicked kings. Omri was no exception as was stated, “Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and did worse than all who were before him…” He died and was followed by his son, Ahab.