Daily Bible Reading: 1 Kings 16-18
1 Kings 16:1-4 (NKJV) Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani, against Baasha, saying: “Inasmuch as I lifted you out of the dust and made you ruler over My people Israel, and you have walked in the way of Jeroboam, and have made My people Israel sin, to provoke Me to anger with their sins, surely I will take away the posterity of Baasha and the posterity of his house, and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat. The dogs shall eat whoever belongs to Baasha and dies in the city, and the birds of the air shall eat whoever dies in the fields.”
16:1-4. Jehu the prophet must be distinguished from Jehu the king of Israel (841-814 b.c.). This prophet was the son of Hanani. This Hanani may or may not have been the prophet who warned King Asa of Judah (2 Chron. 16:7-9). God said He had lifted Baasha up from the dust and made him leader of the Israelites. This implies that Baasha had a lowly origin. Almost the same words used to describe Baasha’s future judgment (1 Kings 16:4) had been given to Jeroboam by the Prophet Ahijah (cf. 14:7, 10-11) and were given later by Elijah to Ahab (21:24). The fact that Baasha did not turn to the Lord in spite of his being God’s instrument of judgment on the house of Jeroboam suggests his complete blindness to the importance of spiritual matters in his own life and in that of his nation. Baasha committed the same sins himself. This indicates that the level of his apostasy was deep.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.
1 Kings 18:21 (NKJV) And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.
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