Source: Pastor’s Blog
I Kings 15:25 Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years. 26 He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin which he made Israel to sin.
27 Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, conspired against him. And Baasha struck him down at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines, for Nadab and all Israel were laying siege to Gibbethon. 28 So Baasha killed him in the third year of Asa king of Judah and reigned in his place. 29 And as soon as he was king, he killed all the house of Jeroboam. He left to the house of Jeroboam not one that breathed, until he had destroyed it, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite. 30 It was for the sins of Jeroboam that he sinned and that he made Israel to sin, and because of the anger to which he provoked the Lord, the God of Israel.
It isn’t long after the great Kings, David and Solomon, that we start reading about immemorable kings of Israel and Judah, the divided people of God. The most memorable things they did were fight and kill each other. Who are these people? People who have lost their way. People who look at each other and see enemies instead of brothers. People who leave little lasting positive impact on the world around them. That’s what happens when we leave for all the wrong reasons, which are most the reasons people do. May we begin stop looking at the people across the aisle as the problem. May we focus on who the real Enemy is. And may we find our way back home to God’s people who need each other.