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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 KINGS 15:1-8

This next section of 1 Kings is very interesting. We’ll get to read of 7 kings within 2 chapters. Maybe I shouldn’t say interesting, if these were more interesting kings we would have more recorded history of them!

Nonetheless, chapter 15 and 16 are very unique chapters. This text tells about King Abijam. King Abijam reigns in Judah. He is Solomon’s grandson, Rehoboam’s son. He reigned for 3 years. The majority of what we learn about him here is that he did not do right in the eyes of God.

What can you and I learn from the small amount of information we have here about Abijam? Interestingly enough, in just 8 verses here, we get reference to 3 generations of David’s family. For this post, let us consider the grandparents.


Nevertheless for David’s sake! Great-grandfather David was still impacting his family years after his death. Solomon, Rehoboam, and now Abijam have failed and God still gives them a place.  Why? Because David did right. David never turned away from the commandments of God all the days of his life.

Whether you are a Grandparent or some day will be, take a page out of David’s book. Know that how you live today will impact your family for the rest of history. Have you ever wanted to change the past? We know that we can’t, but we can change today what we will look back on in 5 years. Thus, we change the past….and the future.

Does God expect us to be perfect? No, “save only, in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.” David was not perfect and we are reminded of this here. Essentially David died with an asterisk next to his name. Neverless, he is given credit for God’s generational blessing.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN 37082

This blog post was created from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.