Friday, 17th September 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Israel was divided into two, the southern kingdom and the northern kingdom. But even though Jeroboam had the promise of God, leading most of the tribes apart from Judah and Benjamin, he chose to not walk in the Way of God. All the wicked things Jeroboam did brought curses upon Israel and the kings of Israel.
Section One V1-14 Lost in Sin
At the beginning of this chapter, the Word of the Lord came to Jehu the son of Hanani, against Baasha. In chapter 15, we came to know that Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, conspired against Jeroboam and killed him. No authority on this earth was not from God, even though Baasha killed Jeroboam and became king, God reminded him that everything that happened was in God’s hands. Often, we try to do many things to come against our authority and our government, but we must know all authorities are from God. If we find our authority or our government are not acting righteous, then we must pray for them. Do not look at this world from the perspective of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for we are all sinners. God gave people opportunities to repent, He looked into the hearts of people. God said to Baasha “Inasmuch as I lifted you out of the dust and made you ruler over My people Israel, and you have walked in the way of Jeroboam, and have made My people Israel sin, to provoke Me to anger with their sins, surely I will take away the posterity of Baasha and the posterity of his house, and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.”
Jeroboam was king for 18 years and his son Nadab for two years. God gave Jeroboam’s household a chance but he and his son were not able to lead the people of Israel out of sin. Then Baasha took over and was king for 24 years, God also gave him a chance to return but he was lost in his sin and did wicked things just like the household of Jeroboam. Baasah took over from Jeroboam and got rid of his whole family, but in the end he walked on the same path of Jeroboam, built the idols and stopped people from going back to the Temple of the Lord. So Baasha rested with his fathers and was buried in Tirzah. Then Elah his son reigned in his place. Elah reigned for two years just like Nadab, then was betrayed by his own servant, Zimri, who killed all the household of Baasha; he did not leave him one male, neither of his relatives nor of his friends. The same pattern repeated from Jeroboam’s household to Baasha’s household.
Today are we walking in the Way of Jesus or the way of the devil? We have a choice and God is still reminding us today, when we don’t have the fear for the Lord, we will be lost in our sins. Both Baasha and Jeroboam were in foolishness, even when the prophets came to talk to them, but they still did not listen. They paid the heavy price that their households were wiped out from the earth. What can we bring to our next generations? God loves us and He wants our next generations to be blessed, if we don’t treasure this opportunity, then God’s favours will leave us.
Section Two V15-20 Stubbornness
Zimri was king for only seven days, because of the sins which he had committed in doing evil in the sight of the Lord, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he had committed to make Israel sin. When the Word of God came Baasha and his household, Zimri was there too and he would have known the sins of Baasha that provoked God’s anger. Yet Zimri didn’t change his way, he followed the same pattern and killed everyone related to Baasha. Therefore, God also did not allow him to continue his reign as the king of Israel. Zimri committed the same sins as Baasha and Jeroboam, this flow of stubbornness continued.
Section Three V21-34 The Fall of Generations
We can see the kings of Israel continued to sin, to betray, to kill and to do evil in the eyes of the Lord. Omri bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for two talents of silver; then he built on the hill and called the name of the city which he built, Samaria, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill. Not only Omri did not allow the people of Israel to climb the mountain of the Lord, but he also built his own mountain for people to worship idols. Omri was king for 12 years and he let the people of Israel to focus on money and power instead of God. Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord and did worse than all who were before him. Again this followed the same pattern as Jeroboam, his flow of wickedness and stubbornness passed down to the generations.
Do we see money, fame, power, even our family or work as more important than God? Do we let other things become our idols and excuses for not serving God? All the money, fame, power, family and work can be blessings from God for us, because He gave them all to us, but if we see anything more than we see God, then they will become our idols. “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honour and life.” (Proverbs 22:4)
Everything we have is from God, but Omri did not see this, he had the opportunity to bring Israel back to God, but he did the opposite. He built his own hill and led Israel farther away from the Temple of God. Then his son Ahab reigned for 22 years and sinned against God. Ahab did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him. And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him. Then he set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.
When we are prideful, we will sin against God before we even notice it! Ahab married a wife, who worshipped Baal and other carved images, who were able to bring riches and wealth. We tend to seek the easy way out, when there are opportunities to make money then we will be attracted to it. But we don’t realise that we are sinning against God and displeasing God. God gave us a clear path, the path of our Lord Jesus Christ, but the world also gives us the path of Jeroboam. What is our choice? Examine ourselves and choose the path, which blesses our lives and our future generations!
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以色列自所罗门后分裂成两个国家。南国犹大只有两个支派 – 犹大和便雅悯，当时的王亚撒愿意破除家族、环境中拜偶像的罪，效法大卫敬畏神，得到神的祝福。在北国以色列，他们有十个支派，第一个王耶罗波安虽有从神而来的应许，但他行神眼中看为恶的事。本章描述他所给北国以色列后面的王带下的水流。
V1-4 本章一开始就说“耶和华的话临到”- 神对以色列王巴沙说话。神说他立巴沙为“以色列的君”- 并不是像他对耶罗波安那样事先应许要立他为王 。第15章27-28节 讲到巴沙是杀了当时的以色列王拿答，谋朝篡位。圣经说地上没有一个权柄不出于神，所以在这里神提醒巴沙，他能够做以色列的王不是靠自己的能力，而是有神的帮助。我们现代的人可能会常常攻击政府或我们的权柄，却没有看到政府或权柄都是出于神。如果他们很不好，我们要更多为他们祷告。我们不要用分辨善恶树的眼光看这个世界，因为我们每一个人都是罪人。我们外面虽然没有杀人放火，但神看的不是外表，而是我们的内心。神责备巴沙的罪，便宣告说让发生在耶罗波安家的刑罚都发生在巴沙家。在第15章33-34讲到巴沙如何的恶，神都看见了，所以他跟巴沙说话，给巴沙机会悔改。耶罗波安作王18年，他的儿子拿答也有从神而来的话，可惜他听不进去，只在以色列作王两年就被杀，全家的男丁都没有存留。大卫并非完美，但他愿意改变，就得到神的祝福。耶罗波安家不肯听神的教导，耶罗波安的王朝只持续了20年就结束了。神给巴沙作王24年（15:33），但巴沙在这24年中都没有珍惜神给他的机会，没有从耶罗波安因为偏离神而受咒诅学到教训，将整个以色列国继续带向堕落。