What a sad commentary on one’s life

1 Kings Bible Background

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 Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

David had set a standard high as a king, but anyone could achieve what he did by simply following the Lord. However, some of those who followed David did not make any effort to follow the Lord. Read this sad commentary on one of David’s descendants:

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

The only reason that God let kings sit on the throne of David for a few centuries was that God had made that promise to David, until the house of David had become so wicked that God could not let it continue.

What a sad commentary on one of David’s descendants, who could have had a reign like David just by being loyal to the Lord. Is that so hard?


  • Why do most people fail to remain loyal to the Lord?
  • Are you loyal to Him right now?

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