Reading: 1 Kings 17-19
In today’s lesson, Ahab is the King of Israel (Northern Kingdom). Let me back up slightly to the end of chapter 16 which actually introduces Ahab and let’s see how the narrator summarizes Ahab’s reign. Read 1 Kings 16:30-34:
(30) And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him. (31) And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. (32) And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. (33) And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him. (34) In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.
1.1 Baal in Spades
What do we learn about Ahab? Who is he compared to?