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Episode: “Israel’s Omri and Ahab”
Illustrating how bad people can come to power in misguided ways, Omri seized the throne of Israel by mutiny. Deterioration continued when his heir Ahab (the worst king ever) not only turned away from God but actively opposed Him.
Series: “Kings and Kingdoms”
Dr. Jeffrey Seif teaches from the Books of 1 and 2 Kings. He examines the rulers of ancient Israel and Judah, who reveal lessons in Godly leadership. David and Kirsten Hart discuss their applications for today. Throughout this eight-part series, we hear Israeli perspectives on the kings, and Sarah Liberman teaches Hebrew words for worship.

Caption transcript for Kings and Kingdoms: “Israel’s Omri and Ahab” (3/8)

  • 00:02 David Hart: Welcome to, "Our Jewish Roots,"
  • 00:04 with insightful Bible teaching from Israel by Dr. Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:07 This week, a mutiny in the palace leads
  • 00:10 to the king of Israel who was the worst of the worst,
  • 00:13 coming up on, "Kings and Kingdoms."
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  • 01:07 David: We're so glad you've joined us today.
  • 01:08 I'm David Hart.
  • 01:09 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 01:11 Jeffrey Seif: I'm Jeffrey Seif.
  • 01:12 And I'm aware most people watch TV,
  • 01:14 they wanna get their mind off their problems.
  • 01:16 We'll do it today by looking at somebody else's.
  • 01:18 This world is a mess.
  • 01:21 Kirsten: It is but our world is a mess too.
  • 01:23 Jeffrey: Yes, we're gonna look at political intrigue
  • 01:25 and really bad characters.
  • 01:27 Kirsten: And where political intrigue and bad characters,
  • 01:29 there's nothing new under the sun, is there?
  • 01:31 Jeffrey: It's in the Book.
  • 01:32 Kirsten: It's right there.
  • 01:34 Jeffrey: See what we can learn.
  • 01:35 David: Right, Professor Seif is in Israel right now, teaching.
  • 01:37 Let's go there now.
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  • 01:48 Jeffrey: I come from a culture that places a premium
  • 01:52 on following commands, for working under command structure.
  • 01:58 I remember one time, at a dinner,
  • 02:00 I pointed out to my wife, "You see that man there?
  • 02:04 That's Lieutenant Leverance."
  • 02:05 This is when I was a firefighter.
  • 02:07 I said, "Every time you see him, be nice to him
  • 02:09 because my life is in his hands.
  • 02:12 Most people are smart enough to run from fire,
  • 02:14 some are dumb enough to run to 'em.
  • 02:16 And I'm gonna follow orders when I go there."
  • 02:19 Same is true in police culture.
  • 02:21 You follow orders and things can become inherently dangerous
  • 02:24 but you work under command.
  • 02:26 Insubordination is adjudged to be a problem.
  • 02:29 Mutiny is the unforgivable sin.
  • 02:33 I mention that because we're entering into a world
  • 02:36 where mutiny was the order of the day.
  • 02:40 Well, I'm leaning up against sticks and bricks right now,
  • 02:43 bricks particularly, but there's sticks too.
  • 02:45 You don't see 'em.
  • 02:47 When this fortress was built, the architects responsible
  • 02:51 for it didn't follow the plans associated with it,
  • 02:54 with the net result is they were killed,
  • 02:56 they were beheaded.
  • 02:58 This goes back to an Islamic day.
  • 02:59 These forts round about here are built atop the ruins
  • 03:05 of David's fortification.
  • 03:07 Actually, there's been a lot of up and down.
  • 03:09 In military culture, people know about
  • 03:12 following orders but sometimes things get out of hand.
  • 03:16 I mention that because I'm interested in someone
  • 03:19 named Omri.
  • 03:22 It's a word meaning my darling, my loved one.
  • 03:25 But, as we'll see when I open up the Book,
  • 03:27 he is not very lovely.
  • 03:34 Omri is a little-known personality.
  • 03:37 There's not much said about him.
  • 03:39 When you look in biblical literature,
  • 03:42 he's the progenitor of the horrible, that is to say,
  • 03:46 Israel's, the northern kingdom's, most infamous
  • 03:50 king comes from him, Ahab, and people know the story
  • 03:54 of Ahab and Jezebel.
  • 03:56 Here I wanna look and see how the apple of Ahab
  • 03:59 didn't fall far from the tree of Omri, my beloved,
  • 04:04 who wasn't very lovely.
  • 04:06 We see in 1 Kings chapter 16 that he came to power
  • 04:11 through mutiny.
  • 04:13 He seized an opportunity.
  • 04:16 I think there's something within the males of the species,
  • 04:18 part of it's testosterone driven,
  • 04:20 we're competitive, we can be assertive.
  • 04:22 I get that.
  • 04:24 You add a sinful nature to that, what Hebrews call loshon hara,
  • 04:28 the evil inclination.
  • 04:30 And this drive for success can get out of hand
  • 04:34 in reasonably short order.
  • 04:36 The author of James in the Newer Testament says,
  • 04:38 "What causes wars among you?
  • 04:40 It's passions that are at war in your members,
  • 04:43 and they propel people forward in not a very good way."
  • 04:47 Well, we're told here in the 16th chapter of 1 Kings
  • 04:51 that Omri seized the moment.
  • 04:54 In verse 16, "[speaking in a foreign language]
  • 05:01 And all Israel made Omri," described then as a,
  • 05:05 [speaking in a foreign language]
  • 05:08 who was captain of the host, that is he's a military leader.
  • 05:10 He's not a king, but he's not content
  • 05:14 just to be a military leader, to be a captain.
  • 05:16 No, that he seizes an opportunity and he usurps.
  • 05:20 It says that it was then [speaking in a foreign language]
  • 05:27 that they made him king then over all of Israel.
  • 05:33 Short story, short reign, this political intrigue then.
  • 05:38 They make him king in the military camp.
  • 05:40 Someone else contends for it.
  • 05:42 They fight, someone dies, he has hold of power.
  • 05:47 It underscores for my money how precarious it is
  • 05:51 when people seize power.
  • 05:53 And I think of it in antiquity here they fought for it,
  • 05:56 it's with knives and spears.
  • 05:59 Today, happily, when there's a power vacuum,
  • 06:02 an election comes up, people fight with words.
  • 06:05 Sometimes, the words are very dastardly but better
  • 06:09 with words than swords.
  • 06:11 Here at the end of the day, they seize it and they do
  • 06:14 bad things with it.
  • 06:16 I mention that because when we read on in verse 25,
  • 06:20 once in power, the author tells us,
  • 06:24 "[speaking in a foreign language]."
  • 06:28 And we hear this over and again, that Omri,
  • 06:31 "did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
  • 06:35 [speaking in a foreign language],"
  • 06:39 and that he dealt wickedly, that he was just a tragedy,
  • 06:43 that "he did evil in the sight of the Lord and dealt wickedly
  • 06:46 above all."
  • 06:47 He was a bad actor.
  • 06:50 I mention that term because when I speak of an actor
  • 06:54 or a bad actor, I'm not talking about movies,
  • 06:57 actually, in police culture someone who breaks the law
  • 07:00 is referred to as a bad actor.
  • 07:03 And the reason why it is in police culture and I have that
  • 07:05 as another life, by the way, another world,
  • 07:08 arrests aren't made on the basis of thoughts.
  • 07:12 People can think whatever they want and basically say
  • 07:13 whatever they want.
  • 07:15 It's actions that are problematic.
  • 07:17 And the way this man came to power,
  • 07:19 the actions associated with it were problematic
  • 07:23 and what he does in power is problematic.
  • 07:27 I mention that because as we look around and we see
  • 07:31 how people jockey for position, they're looking for power,
  • 07:35 I want you to be thinking about those that are more noble at the
  • 07:39 end of the day, that people can be deceitful with their words,
  • 07:44 they can be manipulative.
  • 07:45 People can be stealthy and that's how Omri came to power.
  • 07:49 It's unacceptable to my way of thinking and one would expect
  • 07:53 better from biblical people in the biblical drama but,
  • 07:56 interestingly, the Bible gives voice to the fact.
  • 07:59 Now people come to power in all the wrong ways.
  • 08:01 You get all the wrong people coming to power
  • 08:03 in all the wrong ways and the effects are devastating.
  • 08:07 Said all that to say this: when you have opportunity
  • 08:10 and we have it all the time as, in our democracy,
  • 08:13 the world cycles and people go to the ballot box and
  • 08:16 they vote for a leader, not with a sword but with a lever,
  • 08:20 I want you to be looking for people who you construe to be
  • 08:24 the more noble, to be the more virtuous.
  • 08:27 I want you, similarly, to look for people that seem to reflect
  • 08:30 biblical faith and virtue.
  • 08:32 I say it over and again, but it's an--it's a story that's
  • 08:35 told over and again as we go into the annals of biblical
  • 08:39 literature and we explore the story of kings and kingdoms.
  • 08:44 Let's take pains to ensure that we get the right kind of leaders
  • 08:48 in the right kind of place.
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  • 08:58 Jeffrey: There's an old saying that behind every good man
  • 09:01 is a good woman.
  • 09:03 Now, I believe that personally.
  • 09:05 My wife, Barrie, I say of her, she's the way,
  • 09:07 the truth, and the wife.
  • 09:10 Wonder if when I get to heaven the Lord's gonna discipline me
  • 09:12 a little on that, based on the fact that he was--
  • 09:14 that's a verse that's talking about him.
  • 09:17 The point is I adore her, and I follow her.
  • 09:21 She has an influence on me.
  • 09:24 So, why am I telling you about my wife?
  • 09:26 Well, I wanna pivot to another story.
  • 09:28 It's not only true that behind every good man is a good woman.
  • 09:32 There's a story here today behind a bad man is a really,
  • 09:36 really bad woman.
  • 09:39 Now, a Hebrew king, Ahab, who's gonna marry a woman
  • 09:45 named Jezebel.
  • 09:48 You already know you're in trouble if you have a woman
  • 09:50 whose name is Baal.
  • 09:53 We read, by the way, her father's name
  • 09:55 was Ithobaal, that is "with Baal."
  • 09:58 You know you're marrying into the wrong family.
  • 10:03 And I mention that because I'm coming to you from a site that
  • 10:07 was built up as a--some kind of replication of the tabernacle
  • 10:13 of Moses and, right behind me, there's a hill.
  • 10:17 They built altars to Baal all over the northern kingdom of
  • 10:22 Israel, Samaria, dozens of them.
  • 10:26 It's tragic.
  • 10:28 Here you have the pretense of Israelite religion and that just
  • 10:33 leads to the disregard of it entirely as evidenced by a place
  • 10:38 we're gonna look at a little more closely
  • 10:40 and we're gonna open up the Word to do just that.
  • 10:43 Come with me.
  • 10:45 Let's look at the Bible yesterday and see
  • 10:47 how it might apply today, c'mon.
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  • 11:08 Jeffrey: There's something rather tasteless
  • 11:10 about talking about a guy's wife.
  • 11:12 I get that.
  • 11:14 But I'm not saying anything that the Bible doesn't say and more,
  • 11:17 to tell you the truth.
  • 11:18 And the question here, to my way of thinking,
  • 11:21 is you have a leader, I don't care if it's a king,
  • 11:24 a president, whatever, the question is who's advising
  • 11:27 that person and what kind of world view are they drawing
  • 11:31 from when tendering advice?
  • 11:34 That was important in antiquity; it's important in modernity.
  • 11:37 The Bible straight up seems to represent Ahab
  • 11:41 as something of a simpleton.
  • 11:44 His wife, however, was very, very spirited
  • 11:47 and she was made of all of the wrong stuff.
  • 11:51 And it had a bad consequence.
  • 11:54 I'm looking in chapter 16 of 1 Kings, I'm reading it,
  • 11:58 in my version we're told in verse 31:
  • 12:03 "[speaking in a foreign language]
  • 12:06 and he took a wife [speaking in a foreign language]
  • 12:10 that is, Jezebel, [speaking in a foreign language]
  • 12:14 Baal."
  • 12:16 Now, the daughter, as I mentioned just
  • 12:17 on the other side of this shrine here where I'm sitting.
  • 12:20 It doesn't look like a shrine, just looks like a bunch of rocks
  • 12:22 but they built altars to Baal all over Samaria.
  • 12:26 I don't mind sitting on one.
  • 12:28 You know, I don't like desecrating holy sites
  • 12:30 but this isn't very holy to my way of thinking.
  • 12:33 Once upon a time, people thought it was because of this woman.
  • 12:37 I don't know why a Hebrew king is marrying someone
  • 12:41 with the name "Baal."
  • 12:43 I've made the point, I don't wanna beat it to death.
  • 12:45 But we're told that he married her and before we get out
  • 12:49 of the verse, that he follows her and worships Baal.
  • 12:52 It can happen.
  • 12:54 My wife personally has a lot of leverage over me.
  • 12:57 I just worship the ground she walks on.
  • 12:58 I've already said that.
  • 13:00 And who's in your inner world?
  • 13:02 It's important when we look in verse 33,
  • 13:07 I'll give it to you in mine and translate:
  • 13:09 "[speaking in a foreign language]
  • 13:17 This Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel."
  • 13:23 Now, that's not something you wanna do.
  • 13:27 I wonder, by the way, personally to what extent God is provoked
  • 13:33 by executive decisions that have made in judicial and executive
  • 13:38 and congressional branches in the United States of America.
  • 13:43 I think, when I look over history, I think this--
  • 13:47 there are things that are odious, personally.
  • 13:51 Well, here, never mind today, yesterday, we're told that
  • 13:54 this man influenced as he was by that woman,
  • 13:58 did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel,
  • 14:01 [speaking in a foreign language]
  • 14:05 than all the kings of Israel that were before him."
  • 14:09 In other words, the worst of the worst of the worst,
  • 14:12 and it was plenty bad before he got there.
  • 14:15 I mention that because when I think of business
  • 14:18 in my own country, I think there's been plenty done
  • 14:24 that provokes the God of Israel.
  • 14:26 I'm looking for a turnaround.
  • 14:29 I'm looking for change and I'm not--
  • 14:33 don't construe that as dissatisfaction.
  • 14:36 I mean, this program airs on different times in years to come
  • 14:42 and I don't know who's gonna be the president then and when,
  • 14:44 who's going to lead.
  • 14:47 But the point is that one of the things that I'm hoping for
  • 14:50 in my waning days is for America to be on a trajectory
  • 14:55 to recover lost religion.
  • 14:58 I mention that because here I am,
  • 15:00 disrespecting a site to Baal.
  • 15:04 There's some quasi-Jewish Hebrew site not far from here,
  • 15:09 a facsimile of the Mishkan, Mosaic worship space,
  • 15:12 but that was just a fake.
  • 15:14 Fake Jews, fake news.
  • 15:15 But I'm coming to you from the Holy Land here in a major city
  • 15:19 in the northern kingdom of Israel that broke away.
  • 15:22 I'm interested in what's over yonder hill, Jerusalem.
  • 15:25 I wanna see people turn back to the God of Avraham,
  • 15:31 Yitzchak, and Ya'aqov: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
  • 15:35 And I believe, by the way, that Yeshua HaMashiach,
  • 15:38 Jesus the Messiah, is the principal turnaround agent
  • 15:43 with the net result, as a result of experiencing him,
  • 15:47 people can get good government in their own head.
  • 15:50 It can affect their own lives.
  • 15:52 They can utilize that influence to be life in the world
  • 15:55 and light in the world and change the world.
  • 15:58 Let it be so.
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  • 17:43 Our Hebrew lesson today is all about praise and worship.
  • 17:46 Let's go to Sarah Liberman now.
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  • 17:54 Sarah Liberman: Shalom haverim.
  • 17:56 Welcome to our series on worship words in Hebrew.
  • 17:59 I am so excited as a worship leader to be able to show you
  • 18:04 the beauty of the Hebrew language when it comes
  • 18:07 to this word, "praise."
  • 18:08 Because so many times in our Bible in English when it says
  • 18:11 the word "praise," in Hebrew there is
  • 18:14 an entirely different word.
  • 18:16 Today's word is the word "l'varech,"
  • 18:19 which comes from the root word "barak" which means blessing.
  • 18:23 Now, you might find that interesting when worship comes
  • 18:28 into play with the word "blessing."
  • 18:30 But if you look at the book of Job,
  • 18:32 Job says this incredible statement: he says,
  • 18:35 "God has given, God has taken away;
  • 18:38 let the name of the Lord be praised."
  • 18:40 Well, in Hebrew it actually says,
  • 18:42 "Let the name of the Lord be blessed."
  • 18:45 You see, blessing the Lord is something that
  • 18:48 we do that blesses his heart.
  • 18:51 It's willingly offering ourselves to the Lord
  • 18:54 in any and every situation, no matter what is going on.
  • 18:58 The word "blessing" in Hebrew comes from the root of knee,
  • 19:02 which also implies kneeling down before the Lord in reverence,
  • 19:08 in thanksgiving, in surrender.
  • 19:11 So when we say this: "Bless the Lord O my soul,
  • 19:15 and all that is within me.
  • 19:17 Bless his holy name," that word again is "Barak l'varech."
  • 19:22 I kneel down before the Lord, I worship you,
  • 19:25 I bless you, Lord.
  • 19:27 I want to bless your heart.
  • 19:30 ♪♪♪
  • 19:32 ♪ --mercy will be with me every day ♪
  • 19:39 ♪ And I dwell in the house of my Lord forevermore ♪
  • 19:50 ♪ I know my own and my own know me ♪
  • 19:56 ♪ Though the voice of a stranger may call ♪
  • 20:02 ♪ the Father's hand is stronger than he ♪
  • 20:08 ♪ who leads astray ♪
  • 20:15 ♪ I followed by still waters ♪
  • 20:20 ♪ You were leading the way ♪
  • 20:26 ♪ I drank deeply-- ♪
  • 20:29 ♪ and there I rested on the shore forevermore ♪♪
  • 20:39 ♪♪♪
  • 20:45 David: Beautiful Messianic music by Marty Goetz.
  • 20:47 Thank you, Marty.
  • 20:49 Kirsten: Thank you, Marty.
  • 20:50 Marty's been a friend of our ministry for a long time,
  • 20:52 as well as Avi Lipkin and Jeff recently met up with him to
  • 20:57 have a conversation about King Ahab and the infamous Jezebel.
  • 21:01 Here's that conversation.
  • 21:05 Jeffrey: Avi, Ahab, not so good, yes?
  • 21:10 Avi Lipkin: I would say it like this.
  • 21:11 He was a simpleton in his own way and
  • 21:13 he was married to Isabel who--
  • 21:16 Jeffrey: He definitely married wrong.
  • 21:18 Avi: Yes, and Isabel was the daughter
  • 21:19 of the king of Lebanon of that time, of Tire.
  • 21:23 And if you remember the story of Naboth,
  • 21:25 with his vineyard and, guess what,
  • 21:28 "I want that vineyard," and-- but he didn't know
  • 21:30 how to get it away from Naboth and so Isabel came,
  • 21:33 "Leave it to me."
  • 21:34 And she basically framed Naboth, had him killed,
  • 21:36 and that's when the prophet, you know,
  • 21:39 Elijah came and said, "You killed and you inherited."
  • 21:43 In other words, they killed Naboth.
  • 21:45 So, he wasn't a good guy.
  • 21:46 Jeffrey: Yeah, I don't like political people
  • 21:48 that gobble and seize.
  • 21:50 We see that in the geopolitical world today, don't we?
  • 21:54 Avi: Very correct and the Bible,
  • 21:56 it's so valid for us today because it teaches us things
  • 22:00 that were happening in the human world thousands of years ago
  • 22:04 and are happening today also.
  • 22:06 The Bible is very alive.
  • 22:07 It's not something mythical.
  • 22:09 It's something that really happened.
  • 22:10 Jeffrey: Yes, that acquisitive nature,
  • 22:13 that vile cruelty, pillaging and plundering,
  • 22:16 it exists in modernity just like antiquity.
  • 22:18 Avi: A very important point in the contest
  • 22:20 between Elijah the prophet and the 450 priests of Baal,
  • 22:25 he let them go first.
  • 22:26 And he said, "If God doesn't take your offering,
  • 22:29 then I'll do mine."
  • 22:30 Then, of course, God took Elijah's offering.
  • 22:32 The 450 priests of Baal were executed,
  • 22:35 they were beheaded, and so this teaches us
  • 22:39 the High Priests of Baal, when they were enchanting Baal
  • 22:45 to come and take their offering and he didn't, they started
  • 22:47 cutting their foreheads with knives and bleeding.
  • 22:50 And this is the origin of the ashura,
  • 22:53 self-mutilation ceremony, of the Shiites.
  • 22:59 So the Shiite Islam has this ceremony going
  • 23:03 all the way back to the pagans of Lebanon.
  • 23:05 Jeffrey: Fascinating story. A little scary too, yes?
  • 23:10 Avi: Indeed, like I said before,
  • 23:11 the Bible shares things which on the surface you would think,
  • 23:15 "Oh, that happened 3000 years ago."
  • 23:16 No, this happened today.
  • 23:18 Jeffrey: We're looking at kings and kingdoms
  • 23:20 and we're seeing yesterday manifest today.
  • 23:24 What a great point, good closing point.
  • 23:26 Last word's of yours.
  • 23:27 Avi: We are now living in a time in which
  • 23:30 our opponents are-- I don't wanna say our enemies.
  • 23:33 I hate to use the word "enemies," because, you know,
  • 23:35 we are supposed to love our enemies.
  • 23:36 But our enemies follow the same evil course as the enemies
  • 23:41 who were destroyed by God 3000 years ago.
  • 23:44 And God has the victory.
  • 23:49 Kirsten: So we have this divided kingdom.
  • 23:51 It's like the north versus the south.
  • 23:53 And is one better than the other?
  • 23:55 Jeffrey: Yeah, we don't have any divisions in our kingdom
  • 23:57 today, of course.
  • 23:58 It's just back then.
  • 24:00 Now, we're looking at these leaders and I'm telling you,
  • 24:01 unimpressive.
  • 24:03 I've got a scorecard here and you're gonna say I'm a--
  • 24:04 Kirsten: I see that.
  • 24:06 Jeffrey: You're gonna say I'm a tough teacher.
  • 24:07 You've glad you didn't have me in college.
  • 24:08 David: From the beginning, doesn't look so good.
  • 24:10 Jeffrey: Saul gets an "F."
  • 24:11 I mean, I was just unimpressed by him from the get-go.
  • 24:12 I loved David in the start; I didn't like his finish.
  • 24:15 Solomon, I liked him at the start a little but then,
  • 24:19 oh my word, I mean, I just give them "Ds"
  • 24:21 and I think I'm gracious.
  • 24:22 Maybe other professors there in the audience that are watching
  • 24:25 would be a little more gracious.
  • 24:26 Kirsten: You're right, I'm glad I wasn't in your class.
  • 24:29 Jeffrey: But I'm a tough teacher.
  • 24:31 Now, Solomon's son, Rehoboam,
  • 24:32 was a worthless piece of human wreckage.
  • 24:33 I was very unimpressed. He got an "F."
  • 24:35 He didn't even start off good.
  • 24:36 At least his father and grandfather started off good.
  • 24:39 Jeroboam, I give him an "F" because he's the one
  • 24:42 that led the kingdom, the northern tribes,
  • 24:46 into a rebellion.
  • 24:47 I mean, Solomon's pathetic policies contributed
  • 24:51 to why there was fermenting discontent.
  • 24:53 Jeroboam was their spokesperson and leader,
  • 24:56 but it went from bad to worse under him.
  • 24:59 Omri, who follows Jeroboam, gets an "F."
  • 25:03 Kirsten: He gets an "F" but--
  • 25:04 and I studied Old Testament history.
  • 25:06 So did you in college.
  • 25:07 I don't even remember his name.
  • 25:09 It's like a non-name, isn't that crazy?
  • 25:10 Jeffrey: There's not a lot said about him.
  • 25:12 What do you think of this guy, Ahab?
  • 25:13 Kirsten: Yeah, we know about he and his wife.
  • 25:14 Jeffrey: Everyone remembers him because of his wife.
  • 25:16 Kirsten: [laughing] His wife.
  • 25:17 Jeffrey: Any Hebrew king that marries a woman named Jezebaal,
  • 25:21 with "Baal" as part of her name, you know he's married
  • 25:24 into the wrong family.
  • 25:25 Kirsten: But even now, we talk about people
  • 25:27 with the Jezebel spirit.
  • 25:28 I mean, her name goes down through history.
  • 25:30 Jeffrey: Yeah, well, that's where that
  • 25:32 Jezebel spirit thing came from and he was rather sheepish,
  • 25:34 you know, didn't have a lot of spine.
  • 25:36 Leaders, you know, have to be tough.
  • 25:39 You have to stand up and it's not always easy.
  • 25:42 But we see too much collapsing here.
  • 25:44 You know, I go for political leaders.
  • 25:46 I like some strength in all of that.
  • 25:49 I know there's imperfection.
  • 25:51 You wanna get to perfection, we'll get to the last one,
  • 25:52 Jesus.
  • 25:54 We'll get to him at the end of the series.
  • 25:55 This is all God's got to work with here, were human beings.
  • 25:58 Some performed better than others.
  • 26:00 Here, we're on a bad stretch of highway and it's going to
  • 26:04 get better but Ahab reminds me of being way too sheepish.
  • 26:09 He didn't--no backbone, didn't stand up.
  • 26:12 And I didn't like that.
  • 26:13 David: Today's kings, wasn't there a mutiny in the palace?
  • 26:16 Jeffrey: Yeah, Omri led a revolt and that happens
  • 26:19 on a number of occasions in biblical literature.
  • 26:22 It's interesting that the Bible, for a book that's called,
  • 26:25 "Good news," gives a window into bad news.
  • 26:28 You know, we're supposed to learn something from it.
  • 26:30 Kirsten: Right, so what is our takeaway, Professor?
  • 26:32 Our quick takeaway for the end of this?
  • 26:34 Jeffrey: Well, personally, I kind of, you know,
  • 26:36 gave it on the front end there.
  • 26:37 I'm looking for leaders.
  • 26:39 I don't expect perfection but I need people to stand up
  • 26:42 to wickedness.
  • 26:44 And Omri personified a kind of wickedness.
  • 26:46 Ahab seemed too sheepish in the face of it,
  • 26:49 thus he acquiesced to it.
  • 26:51 I want more backbone.
  • 26:52 Kirsten: That's good. Stand up.
  • 26:54 Stand up and be strong. Have a good backbone.
  • 26:57 I think that's a good takeaway, but a good spiritual backbone.
  • 27:00 Jeffrey: Yes, the Hebrew word is chazak, be strong.
  • 27:04 Kirsten: That's a good word.
  • 27:05 Jeffrey: Well, be strong and stay strong 'til next week.
  • 27:08 What do you say?
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Episodes in this series

  1. Israel’s First Kings
  2. Kingdom Divided
  3. Israel’s Omri and Ahab
  4. Israel’s Jereboam II and Hoshea
  5. Judah’s Joash and Uzziah
  6. Judah’s Hezekiah and Manasseh
  7. Judah’s Josiah and Zedekiah
  8. Israel’s Future King

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