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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 KINGS 15:25-16:28

If you haven’t read part one of this post, you can find it here: How did things get SO BAD?

The remainder of chapter 15 and most of chapter 16 simply records the repeating pattern of wicked Kings in Israel.
These were all during Asa’s reign in Judah:

  • Nadab reigned for 2 years (15:25-31)
  • Ba-asha reigned for 24 years (15:32-16:7)
  • Elah reigned for 2 years (16:8-14)
  • Zimri reigned for 7 days (16:15-20)
  • Tibni reigned (16:21)
  • Omri reigned 12 years (16:22-28)
  • Ahab reigns after Omri for the next 22 years (16:28-34)

Each of these kings is said to have done worse than the king before them in the eyes of the Lord. All going back to Jeroboam. As you may remember, Jeroboam didn’t do anything “too” bad, but each generation behind him embraced false religion and moved a step further away from God. Before we get to Ahab, Israel is left with it’s very own civil war and the nation is in a state of chaos. All of this seemingly stemming from Jeroboam’s introduction of a little bit a sin.

The Application:

The one thing that really matters in life is your relationship with
God. Here in 1 Kings, one certain point of the book is, “Our relationship with God is all that really matters in life.”

All of the impressive accomplishments of Israel’s kings seem to
boil down to the one sentence conclusions of their life’s: Military victories, building projects, international fame….all boiled down to: He did that which was right in the sight of God. He did that which was evil in the sight of God.

One day we will all stand before God. Celebrity, legacy, beauty, wealth, education…all may impress now. But when judged by a righteous judge all that will matter is our
relationship with God. It is very unique, but true; in eternity life will still depend upon not what you know, but Who you know.

Conclusion:

How is your relationship with God? If Bad: You can look forward to similar troubles as these kings. Civil war within yourself or your family. End of life…that isn’t how you would like. Legacy of nothing good, or no legacy at all. If Good: You can still look forward to struggle, sin, and troubles, but your end will be good. “He/She did that which was right in the eyes of God.”

What better thing could be said of a person?

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

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