Bible Time Period: Divided Kingdom
Israel split into rival kingdoms and fell into idolatry: help me to choose your kingship over other loves.
Back in chapter 17, we read that King Ahab “did more to anger the LORD, the God of Israel, than any of the kings of Israel before him” (vs. 33). Notice in that sentence that even though Israel has rejected God’s rule, he still is “the God of Israel.” In chapter 20, God sends a message that they would know that he is the LORD (20:29). Any time you see “LORD” in all caps in the Bible, it is the covenant name of God, “YHWH” or “I AM,” that is meant. This is the Name by which God revealed himself to Moses by the burning bush.
In chapter 21, Ahab can’t confiscate Naboth’s land because the land belongs to God, who granted each family a permanent inheritance that was to be preserved. The means by which he obtains the land tells us a great deal about this king.
Ever since chapter 16, you’ve been reading about kings of Israel. Jehoshaphat, whose account is sandwiched between Ahab and Ahab’s son Ahaziah in chapter 22, is a king of Judah.
On what note does 1 Kings end?
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