Kings & Prophets

Few Christians have a deep understanding of the Old Testament kings of Israel, or the prophets and their messages. The purpose of this series is to allow anybody to quickly gain a better understanding of those things, as well as an appreciation of how that information is relevant today. The Old Testament prophets were real people who proclaimed important messages from God that have stayed true for thousands of years. Jesus and the apostles thought the kings and prophets were important, so we should, too.

It is no wonder that few Christians have deep familiarity of the kings and prophets. Christians tend to read the New Testament, while the kings and prophets are in the Old Testament. The books of the kings and prophets  are not arranged in chronological order, the history of ancient Israel and its neighbors is complex, and the geography of the region is an ever-shifting jigsaw puzzle. The language of the prophets is often symbolic or metaphorical, and the intended messages seem to be shrouded in mystery. Lastly, many people assume that Old Testament prophecies have mostly been fulfilled, so they must not still be very important.

Perhaps our attitudes would change if we thought of prophets as truth tellers, not fortune tellers. Their truths stand important today. Besides, it may be that a number of their prophecies of the future have not yet been fulfilled.

No Turning Back

King Ahab was the seventh king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The first six were Jeroboam 1, Nadab, Baasha, Elah, Zimri, and Omri. Ahab was the son of Omri, and the husband of Jezebel.

The first king, Jeroboam 1 led his kingdom deep into idolatry. As prophesied, his entire family was destroyed.

Jeroboam’s son, Nadab, was the second king. He ruled only two years, and followed in his father’s footsteps by committing the same sins.

Baasha came from a different tribe and family, rebelled against Nadab and killed him. He also destroyed all of the descendants of Jeroboam and Nadab. Baasha reigned for 24 years, and he continued in the same sins of idolatry.

Elah was the son of Baasha, and he reigned for two years. One of his trusted officials, Zimri, got him drunk and assassinated him.

Zimri took over the kingdom. He reigned over the Northern Kingdom for about a week before the commander of the army, Omri, assassinated him.

King Ahab and Elijah
Primary Scriptures:
1 Kings 15 – 2 Kings 1
Story Summary:
The Northern Kingdom and life of Elijah
Northern Kingdom
910-850 BC