1 Kings 16.1-12 – Providence and sin
Posted: 26 July 2012 in 1 Kings

Then the word of the Lord came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying, Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust, and made thee prince over my people Israel; and thou hast walked in the way of Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins; Behold, I will take away the posterity of Baasha, and the posterity of his house; and will make thy house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat….. In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of Judah began Elah the son of Baasha to reign over Israel in Tirzah, two years. And his servant Zimri, captain of half his chariots, conspired against him, as he was in Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza steward of his house in Tirzah. And Zimri went in and smote him, and killed him, in the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his stead. And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one that pisseth against a wall, neither of his kinsfolks, nor of his friends. Thus did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasha, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake against Baasha by Jehu the prophet.

The above passage relates how God, in a manner similar to Pharaoh in Exodus 9.16, raised up Zimri, by whose agency he was to accomplish his will in destroying the house of Baasha. But later in chapter 16 it tells how, as soons as God’s prurposes had been accomplished, Zimri was removed from the throne, in order to be succeeded by Omri. The question which comes to my mind is why the Lord should have brought about Zimri’s very short seven day reign, instead of simply allowing Omri to destroy the house of Baasha.

The answer, I suppose, must be that God wanted, for whatever reason, to spare Omri the blood guiltiness associated with the destruction of the house of Baasha – and that in spite of the fact that Omri was, in his turn, to offend against God, continue in the idolatrous worship instituted by King Jeroboam, and finally to be the father of the notorious King Ahab. Murder is still a sin, even when God’s purposes are accomplished thereby, and Zimri will be judged for it when he appears before God’s judgment seat.

Although Omri will also be judged for his many other crimes, in God’s providence he was not to be responsible for Zimri’s crime. The point is that, although the course of history is wholly determined by the will of God, and his creatures actions accomplish his purposes, they are nevertheless not exonerated from guilt for their sin.

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