A loyal king and a disloyal king

1 Kings Bible Background

05.07.2017 – Old Testament: 1Ki 15.1–5

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 14–15 on May 7, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Unfortunately, not all the descendants of David imitated his loyalty to the Lord, and for that they brought Judah down, whereas the loyalty of David insured that things went well for Jerusalem and Judah,

In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam the son of Nebat, Abijam became king over Judah. He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Maachah the granddaughter of Abishalom. And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him; his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of his father David. Nevertheless for David’s sake the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, by setting up his son after him and by establishing Jerusalem; because David did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite (1 Kings 15.1–5). 

Thus David went down in history as the example of what God wanted in a king, and God used David as a symbol of the Messiah. If only all national leaders through time would imitate David’s loyalty to God, how blessed our nations would then be!


  • Are you loyal or disloyal to the Lord?
  • What determines loyalty to the Lord?

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