This chapter highlights the exceeding sinfulness of sin. It also shows us our need for and the trustworthiness of God’s Word. We meet the prophet Jehu, who brought a word against Baasha. Baasha acted like Jeroboam, leading the people to sin against the Lord with their false worship, and consequently, he shared Jeroboam’s fate (16:2-4). Then his son, Elah, got drunk and was assassinated by Zimri, who went on to kill the rest of Baasha’s house (vv. 8-14). This fulfilled Jehu’s prophecy against Baasha (vv. 3,12). Zimri only reigned for seven days (v. 15). Omri then reigned for twelve years (v. 23). He established Samaria as the new capital city of the Northern Kingdom. It remained Israel’s capital until Assyria plundered it in 722 BC.
Finally, we meet the evil king Ahab. He reigned for twenty-two years (v. 29). He married Jezebel, a daughter of the king of the Sidonians. She was a Baal worshiper, and she had hundreds of prophets for Baal. She also killed God’s prophets (18:4,13). Following the heart of his wife, Ahab also served Baal, the first Israelite king to do so. It was into this context that God sent His prophet Elijah to proclaim the His word.
What are some of the consequences of sin, whether yours or others’, that you have experienced?