1 Kings 15:16-16:28
Unfortunately for Israel, they did not get a king like Asa. When sinful King Jeroboam died, his son, Nadab became king. Nadab was just as evil as his father. So after 2 years he was assassinated by Baasha from the tribe of Issachar. Baasha not only killed Nadab, but he had everyone related to Jeroboam killed.
Now one would hope that Baasha would have taken over so he could be a good king, but that wasn’t the case. He was just as evil as Jeroboam and Nadab. He was king for 24 years and all during that time he fought against King Asa. Asa made a treaty with Ben-Hadad, the King of Syria, and they defeated Baasha, but Baasha never really made peace with Judah.
Because of Baasha’s sins, the prophet Jehu predicted that all of Baasha’s descendants would be destroyed. So when Baasha died and his son, Elah, became king, Zimir rose up after 2 years and killed him and all his family. But when Zimir had only been king for 7 days, the people rose up and made the commander of the army, Omir, king. So he set out after Zimir, but Zimir was afraid so he set fire to the palace and died. However, the people weren’t united behind Omir; half of them followed Tibni. But Omir and his followers prevailed and he became King of Israel for 12 years.
What chaos! All this time, Judah had one king, Asa. But because of sin and greed, Israel had constant turnover. Following God’s law may be hard sometimes but all that sin and greed doesn’t sound much fun either!
Look back through 1 Kings and make a list of the Kings of Israel and Judah. Talk about who would have been king if they had all followed God. (The Kings of Judah would have been the kings of one united kingdom)