Some of the kings in 1–2 Kings had commendable traits, though none were flawless, and many were a total mess. What keeps certain portions of 1–2 Kings from being depressing is this: God was preserving a remnant so that the ultimate Son of David would come and reign forever. God was preserving “a lamp before me in Jerusalem” (1 Kings 11:36; 15:4).
The writer gave quick facts about many kings, such as: 1) the king’s identity; 2) the length of his reign; 3) his relationship to the king in Judah or Israel; 4) the identity of the king’s mother (in the case of Judah’s kings); 5) occasionally an explanation of the divine point of view; 6) a statement of death; and 7) recommendations for further study.
We meet Judah’s King Abijam in 15:1-8. He was not completely devoted to the Lord as David had been. But his son, Asa, Judah’s next king, sought the Lord for the majority of his life (vv. 9-24). Only Hezekiah and Josiah receive higher praise than Asa. Sadly, Asa fell later in life due to unbelief (2 Chron. 16). Then we read of Israel’s King Nadab, who did evil in the sight of the Lord (1 Kings 15:25-32). He continued in the sins of his father before being killed and replaced by another bad king, Baasha (vv. 28-30).
We need a better king, and praise God we have one—the Lord Jesus!
What are some lessons to glean from the lives of the kings in 1 Kings 15?