Week 18   Day 4


Asa reigned 41 years in Judah to the south

During that time there were 4 kings in Israel in the north





This tells us something about the stability

            of these two kingdoms.



One of the evil practices

            common to Israel's neighbors

             which the Bible rails against

            is human sacrifice 

You see a reference to that in the building

            of the city of Jericho.




                                       ASA AND AHAB
One did right; the other did more evil than any predecessor.
                                     I Kings 15, 16 & 17


     9 In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa

became king over Judah.  10He reigned forty-one years in

Jerusalem.  11Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord,

as did his father David.   12He removed all the idols that his

fathers had made.  13He removed Maachah his grandmother

from being queen mother, because she had made an obscene

image of Asherah, a Canaanite goddess.   Asa's heart was

loyal to the Lord all his days.

     23The rest of the acts of Asa, all his might, all that he did,

and the cities which he built, are written in the book of the

chronicles.  24So Asa was buried with his fathers. 

Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place.

     25Nadab the son of Jeroboam became king in the second

year of Asa king of Judah; he reigned over Israel two years. 

26He did evil in the sight of the Lord. 

     27Then Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar,

conspired against Nadab.   Baasha killed him at Gibbethon,

which belonged to the Philistines, while Nadab and all Israel

laid siege to Gibbethon.  28Baasha reigned in his place,

29and he killed all the house of Jeroboam. 

     31There was war between Asa and Baasha all their days. 

33Baasha reigned twenty-four years.  34He did evil in the

sight of the Lord and walked in the way of Jeroboam.

     29 In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab

the son of Omri became king over Israel; and Ahab reigned

over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years.  30Now Ahab did

evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all before him.  3He

took as wife Jezebel the daughter of the king of Sidon.  32He

set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal, which he had

built in Samaria.  Ahab did more to provoke the Lord's anger

than all the kings of Israel who were before him.  34 In his

days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho.  He laid its foundation with

Abiram his firstborn, and with his youngest son Segub he

set up its gates.

     1Elijah the Tisbite, said to Ahab, "As the Lord lives,

there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my

word."  2Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 

3"Get away from here and hide by the Brook Cherith, which

flows into the Jordan.  4Drink from the brook, and I have

commanded the ravens to feed you there."
           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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