On verses 1-7: The reason God decided that the kingship of Israel would no longer go through Jeroboam’s family line and the reason God wiped out Jeroboam’s house entirely was because Jeroboam had turned away from the Lord to worship idols of his own making and led all of Israel to do the same. Baasha must have realized this at some point. Yet even after being the very instrument God used to wipe out Jeroboam’s house, Baasha becomes the new king and commits the very same sins Jeroboam committed. Following in Jeroboam’s footsteps, Baasha worships idols and causes the Israelites to do the same. Failing to learn from the mistakes of his predecessors, Baasha receives a message from God through the prophet Jehu: just like God wiped out the house of Jeroboam for their sins, God would also wipe Baasha and his house (v3-4).
What can we learn from this?
1. We are to honour those who go before us but we also need to be aware of what mistakes they made so that we do not repeat them. No matter how different we might think we are compared to the previous generation, from time to time we will be tempted to repeat the same mistakes that our predecessors have made. So we must be extra vigilant and careful not to repeat them, and ask God for help in this area.
2. When it comes to sin, God does not show favoritism. Like Bahasa, all of us have been used by God in some way, but all of us have also sinned greatly. All of us have worshiped idols of our own making and deserve to be cut off from God’s holy, perfect presence. But praise God that in His love and mercy He sent Jesus Christ to die for our sins and to be our Savior, so that we don’t need to be cut off from God’s presence.
Heavenly Father, since no one is perfect other than You, please let be clear on the mistakes that my predecessors made, so that I can be wise and careful not to repeat those same mistakes. Thank You for Your great mercy on my life expressed through the cross where Jesus paid for my sin. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!