1 Kings 15:23-34 – Like A Drum Major Leading the Band Off the Parade Route…

Posted: February 7, 2019 in 11-1 Kings

1 Kings 15:23-34

Transition of Kings in Israel and Judah

Back in the day, there was this movie called “Animal House” starring John Belushi and others. After their fraternity, Delta Tau Chi, was disbanded by the university, they decide to wreak havoc on the homecoming parade. One of the ploys was to replace the drum major for the university’s marching band. One of the Delta frat brothers takes over and then leads the band down a side street into a dead end alley and the band blindly follows and marches into a wall.

That was a hilarious scene in the movie. Although it was intended as a sight gag, there is a lot of truth in that scene that we should take note of. The impostor drum major led the band astray because it was part of the Delta plan to disrupt and destroy the homecoming page as one final act of revenge before all of them were expelled from college. The marching band members blindly followed him off the parade route into the alley way that dead-ended against a brick wall of a building. They were simply following their so-called leader. With leadership comes great responsibility whether it is a marching band or it is leading a team, a company, a church, any organization, and, even, our own families.

That is what I thought of this morning as I read through this passage about the transition of kings in Israel and Judah. That idea is that with leadership comes responsibility not to lead people astray. So, lets read this passage, 1 Kings 15:23-34, now:

23 The rest of the events in Asa’s reign—the extent of his power, everything he did, and the names of the cities he built—are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah. In his old age his feet became diseased. 24 When Asa died, he was buried with his ancestors in the City of David.

Then Jehoshaphat, Asa’s son, became the next king.

25 Nadab son of Jeroboam began to rule over Israel in the second year of King Asa’s reign in Judah. He reigned in Israel two years. 26 But he did what was evil in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his father, continuing the sins that Jeroboam had led Israel to commit.

27 Then Baasha son of Ahijah, from the tribe of Issachar, plotted against Nadab and assassinated him while he and the Israelite army were laying siege to the Philistine town of Gibbethon. 28 Baasha killed Nadab in the third year of King Asa’s reign in Judah, and he became the next king of Israel.

29 He immediately slaughtered all the descendants of King Jeroboam, so that not one of the royal family was left, just as the Lord had promised concerning Jeroboam by the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh. 30 This was done because Jeroboam had provoked the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, by the sins he had committed and the sins he had led Israel to commit.

31 The rest of the events in Nadab’s reign and everything he did are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.

32 There was constant war between King Asa of Judah and King Baasha of Israel. 33 Baasha son of Ahijah began to rule over all Israel in the third year of King Asa’s reign in Judah. Baasha reigned in Tirzah twenty-four years. 34 But he did what was evil in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of Jeroboam, continuing the sins that Jeroboam had led Israel to commit.

In this passage, we see the end of the few decent kings, Asa, that had ruled in either of the kingdoms since the split of the nation into a northern kingdom and a southern kingdom. We see the succession of ungodly kings and even intrigue where a reigning king was murdered and the murderer establishes himself as king. It’s just a big ol’ mess from what I can see here. All the descendants of Jeroboam (who started this whole split of the kingdom into two) were killed because Jeroboam had led Israel into sin. Sin is judged harshly for those who lead others astray into sin. Jesus said it would be better if people had millstones tied around their necks and tossed into the sea (Mark 9:42). If you have taken the responsibility for leading others, remember the consequences of leading them astray.

Father, help us to remember that as leaders, we must remember that our actions and our words are seen and heard by those we lead. Help us to lead in a way that brings glory to you. Help us to lead in a way that brings honor to your name. But please most of all, help us to lead in a way that points people to you and does not lead them astray and away from you. For as with that scene from Animal House, we always hit a brick wall that not only hurts us but hurts the people we lead as well. Help us always to seek your will and obey your commands to us through the Holy Spirit and obey your Holy Word.

Amen and Amen.

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