So the nation has divided.

How disheartening it is to watch God’s chosen people – the 12 Tribes of Israel – begin with such hope and promise, overcome the many obstacles that King David faced, only to fall into sin and rebellion and end up divided 10-2. But that is exactly what happened in history. (Many of the conquests we will read about in the books of Kings and Chronicles are detailed in other national writings such as those of the Egyptian Pharaohs and the Babylonians/Assyrians).

After David – his son Solomon began witch such promise. But 1000 foreign women in his life led to him turning his back on God and rejecting the Promise. From Solomon things go from bad to worse. His sons – Rehoboam and Jeroboam end up at each others throats and the once peaceful and prosperous nation set up by David and established under Solomon has digressed into two step-children at constant war with each other and their opportunistic neighbors.

Oh the wages of sin…

We now are entering into a tedious time of Israeli Monarchs. For the next 260 years the (now divided) nation of Israel will experience heartache and bloodshed. Although the occasional king will arise who will obey the Lord and make attempts to reform the sin-plagued nation… most will be indifferent to the ways of God – leading the people into rebellion and idolatry.

The evil kings will be numerous and depressing. Mostly coming from the northern 10 tribes (with a few in southern Judah) – they continued to lead God’s people in a spiral of sin which eventually led to their complete destruction by the enemy.

33 kings will reject God and lead the people into sin:

      1. Saul (1 Chr. 10:13)
      2. Solomon (1 Chr. 11:6)
      3. Jeroboam (1 Chr. 13:35)
      4. Rehoboam (1 Chr. 14:22)
      5. Abijam (1 Chr. 15:3)
      6. Nadab (1 Chr. 15:26)
      7. Baasha (1 Chr. 15:34)
      8. Elah (1 Chr. 16:9)
      9. Zimri (1 Chr. 16:19)
      10. Omri (1 Chr. 16:25)
      11. Ahab (1 Chr. 16:30)
      12. Ahaziah (1 Chr. 22:52)
      13. Jehoram (2 Kings 3:2)
      14. Jehoram (2 Ki. 8:18)
      15. Ahaziah (2 Ki. 8:27)
      16. Jehu (2 Ki. 10:31)
      17. Athaliah (2 Ki. 11:1)
      18. Jehoahaz (2 Ki. 13:2)
      19. Jehoash (2 Ki. 13:11)
      20. Jeroboam (2 Ki. 14:24)
      21. Zachariah (2 Ki. 15:9)
      22. Shallum (2 Ki. 15:15)
      23. Menahem (2 Ki. 15:18)
      24. Pekahiah (2 Ki. 15:24)
      25. Pekah (2 Ki. 15:28)
      26. Ahaz (2 Ki. 16:2-4)
      27. Hoshea (2 Ki. 17:2)
      28. Manasseh (2 Ki. 21:2)
      29. Amon (2 Ki. 21:20)
      30. Jehoahaz (2 Ki. 23:32)
      31. Jehoiakim (2 Ki. 23:37)
      32. Jehoiakin (2 Ki. 24:9)
      33. Zedekiah (2 Ki. 24:19)

In exact opposite of that list… only 9 kings obey the Lord:

  1. David (1 Chr. 11:33)
  2. Asa (1 Chr. 15:11)
  3. Jehoshaphat (1 Chr. 22:43)
  4. Jehoash (2 Ki. 12:2)
  5. Amaziah (2 Ki. 14:3)
  6. Uzziah (2 Ki. 15:3)
  7. Jotham (2 Ki. 15:34)
  8. Hezekiah(2 Ki. 18:3)
  9. Josiah (2 Ki. 22:2)

Buckle up my friends… it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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