There is war between Baasha, king of Israel, and Asa, king of Judah. Instead of trusting the Lord, Asa makes a treaty with the king of Syria and the Lord rebukes him: “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”
The Lord says against Baasha, because he walks in the ways of Jeroboam, “I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat. The dogs shall eat whoever belongs to Baasha and dies in the city, and the birds of the air shall eat whoever dies in the fields”. Since the Lord always does what He says, when Zimri becomes king he kills the entire household of Baasha.
Today we also meet Ahab, another king of Northern Israel, who does more evil than all those before him. He marries the awful Jezebel, daughter of the king of the Sidonians, and they worship Baal together. The Lord sends the prophet Elijah to Ahab to declare His judgment upon him and Israel bc of their wickedness.
Elijah says there will be a drought, no dew nor rain, which is a direct challenge to their false god Baal since Baal is the god of fertility and the dew and rain. Then the Lord instructs Elijah to go and live by a brook where he is fed by ravens. The brook eventually dries up bc of the drought causing Elijah to move. More on that tomorrow.
Over in Judah there is a good king in place, king Jehoshaphat. He walks in all the ways of the Lord and returns Bible Literacy to the people. 🙌
Tomorrow there is an exciting showdown on Mount Carmel! 🔥 Keep reading to see what happens.
(1 Kings 15:16-22, 2 Chronicles 16:1-10, 1 Kings 16:1-34, 1 Kings 15:23-24, 2 Chronicles 16:11-17:19, 1 Kings 17:1-7)