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Week 18 Day 4
Asa reigned 41 years in Judah to the south
During that time there were 4 kings in Israel in the north
This tells us something about the stability
of these two kingdoms.
One of the evil practices
common to Israel's neighbors
which the Bible rails against
is human sacrifice
You see a reference to that in the building
of the city of Jericho.
ASA AND AHABOne did right; the other did more evil than any predecessor. I Kings 15, 16 & 17
9 In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa
became king over Judah. 10He reigned forty-one years in
Jerusalem. 11Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord,
as did his father David. 12He removed all the idols that his
fathers had made. 13He removed Maachah his grandmother
from being queen mother, because she had made an obscene
image of Asherah, a Canaanite goddess. Asa's heart was
loyal to the Lord all his days.
23The rest of the acts of Asa, all his might, all that he did,
and the cities which he built, are written in the book of the
chronicles. 24So Asa was buried with his fathers.
Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place.
25Nadab the son of Jeroboam became king in the second
year of Asa king of Judah; he reigned over Israel two years.
26He did evil in the sight of the Lord.
27Then Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar,
conspired against Nadab. Baasha killed him at Gibbethon,
which belonged to the Philistines, while Nadab and all Israel
laid siege to Gibbethon. 28Baasha reigned in his place,
29and he killed all the house of Jeroboam.
31There was war between Asa and Baasha all their days.
33Baasha reigned twenty-four years. 34He did evil in the
sight of the Lord and walked in the way of Jeroboam.
29 In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab
the son of Omri became king over Israel; and Ahab reigned
over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years. 30Now Ahab did
evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all before him. 3He
took as wife Jezebel the daughter of the king of Sidon. 32He
set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal, which he had
built in Samaria. Ahab did more to provoke the Lord's anger
than all the kings of Israel who were before him. 34 In his
days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation with
Abiram his firstborn, and with his youngest son Segub he
set up its gates.
1Elijah the Tisbite, said to Ahab, "As the Lord lives,
there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my
word." 2Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,
3"Get away from here and hide by the Brook Cherith, which
flows into the Jordan. 4Drink from the brook, and I have
commanded the ravens to feed you there." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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