Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, A light thing…, please skip ahead to the application below.
Ahab becomes the king of Israel and reigns for 22 years. We will learn more of Ahab in the chapters to come, but from this brief summary here we get the picture: He did evil in the sight of the Lord more than all before him. It became normal for Ahab to walk in the sins of Jeroboam. He married Jezebel. He served and worshipped Baal. He built a house unto Baal and an altar for him. He built a grove in the temple: An image of Asherah (mother-earth) the fertility goddess. He did more to provoke God than all the kings before him.
The writer is sure to point out to us 3 times in the first 2 verses about
Ahab, who his father was. The name Ahab is literally translated “brother of the father”. The purpose of this would be to say “resembling the father”. You and I would just say “like father, like son.” One author wrote of Ahab, “He had his Father’s lies.”
The chapter concludes with a verse telling of the rebuilding of Jericho
which Joshua had said to never rebuild.
What we read of here is a graven image of Asherah. Asherah was a pagan fertility goddess. She was known as Earth Mother. Mother nature? By setting her up in his kingdom, Ahab was relying upon her power to bless their land with children.
God is our creator and He blesses us with children. It becomes a light thing to set up an idol unto a false god to give credit for the health of their children.
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.