Synopsis:The Lord doesn’t like Baasha because he sins, so he has Jehu, a prophet and son of Hanani curse Baasha. After 23 years, Baasha dies and his son Elah takes over. But Zimri, captain of the chariots, killed Elah when he was drunk. He killed everyone in the house. When the rest of Israel finds out that Zimri has killed their king, they rise up against Zimri and Zimri immolates himself by setting the king’s palace at Tirzah on fire around him. At this point, the people of Israel split. Half side with Omri who led the charge against the traitor Zimri and the other half make Tibni king. Tibni dies and Omri becomes king. He reigns in TIrzah for a while but builds a house in Samaria. Omri was just as bad as Baasha and his son Elah and God is still angry with them. Eventually Omri dies and his son Ahab takes over. Ahab is worse than all the kings of Israel before him. In fact, he’s so bad he and his wife Jezebel start worshipping Baal and build an altar for Baal in Samaria. Ahab did more to to provoke the anger of the God of Israel than all the kings before him. Oh – and Hiel a Beth-elite built Jericho.
Timeline of Israeli Kings:Note – these dates are all based on the reign of king Asa of Judah.
Year 2: Ahijab of Israel reigns after Jeroboam
Year 3: Baasha takes over in a bloody coup
Year 26: Elah, son of Baasha takes over Israel
Year 27 – Zimri (traitor) kills Elah and takes over
Year 27 – Omri kills Zimri and Israel is split between Omri and Tibni
Year 31 – Omri prevails and reigns over Israel
Year 38 – Ahab, son of Omri reigns over Israel
Year 41 – Asa of Judah dies.