Being an OT king was gruesome business. Today's reading goes down a long list of kings and just a few details about their lives. Bottom line, they were almost all wicked.
In Israel: Baasha killed Nadab and took over the throne, committed all kinds of evil and brought God's wrath upon himself. Elah (Bassha's son) comes next and is killed by Zimri for the throne. Zimri then kills off all of Baasha's family. This is a fulfillment of prohesy since God said Baasha would pay for his wickedness, but I don't think Zimri went about it in the right way. When Israel heard how evil Zimri was and how he got the throne, they named Omri king--Zimri is scared and lost and burns himself alive in his palace.
Meanwhile in Judah: Asa is now dead and Jehoshaphat is king. God favored him as he did not consult idols and sent out men into the land to preach the Law. He become widely known and feared and men brought him gifts from all over.
The main lesson for today is something that is reoccurring throughout scriptures... OT leaders who relied on God and trusted in His prophecies thrived... seems like a no brainer to me :)
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