Nadab’s Evil Reign in Israel

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This passage of scripture now returns to the history of Israel. The heir apparent to Israel’s throne, Abijah, had died in childhood. Therefore, his brother Nadab ascended to the throne. His reign lasted for less than two years (vv. 25-32). He continued the policies begun by his father Jeroboam which the Lord regarded as evil.

Conspiracy erupted into action as Baasha killed Nadab on the battlefield of Gibbethon which was between Efkron and Gezer (vv. 33-34). Baasha then became king of Israel. In order to insure his position he annihilated all of the members of Jeroboam’s household. This actually fulfilled the prophecy of Abijah that Jeroboam’s dynasty would be destroyed (l4:l4).

Baasha took the throne of Israel in the third year of Asa, the king of Judah, and he ruled for 24 years.  He continued the religious policies begun by leaders in Jerusalem. He was so wicked that God sent his prophet Jehu (l6:l) to denounce his wickedness and announce the coming of his line of royal succession.

Seemingly, Baasha’s reign of 24 years and should be recognized by more than this brief account.  However, the scriptural principle seems to be that a life lived out of fellowship with God is of little importance. Baasha was followed by his son, Elath, who extended his power by about one year.


All of the descendants of Jeroboam were killed because Jeroboam had led Israel into sin. If I take the responsibility for leading others, I must remember the consequences of leading them astray.

I Kings 15:25-34 (English Standard Version)

Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years. He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin which he made Israel to sin. Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, conspired against him. And Baasha struck him down at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines, for Nadab and all Israel were laying siege to Gibbethon. So Baasha killed him in the third year of Asa king of Judah and reigned in his place. And as soon as he was king, he killed all the house of Jeroboam. He left to the house of Jeroboam not one that breathed, until he had destroyed it, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite. It was for the sins of Jeroboam that he sinned and that he made Israel to sin, and because of the anger to which he provoked the LORD, the God of Israel. Now the rest of the acts of Nadab and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days. In the third year of Asa king of Judah, Baasha the son of Ahijah began to reign over all Israel at Tirzah, and he reigned twenty-four years. He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and walked in the way of Jeroboam and in his sin which he made Israel to sin.

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