1 Kings 15

If you did a careful search into Jewish ancestry today, I am sure you would find many people who are descendants of king David. They might not realise it right now, but David’s descendants would have been numerous and had God’s blessing on them.

However, if you did the careful ancestral tracing to find descendants of king Jeroboam, the first king of Israel’s divided tribes, I believe you would struggle to find any. Here is one of the reasons why: Baasha killed Nadab who was king in place of Jeroboam. “And as soon as he was king, he killed all of 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.” (1 Kings 15 v 29 ESV).

The big difference between the descendants of David and the descendants of Jeroboam was not in the way they died, but in the way they lived. David lived for the LORD with all his heart, but Jeroboam did evil in setting up other gods. The way we live can have a direct impact on our children and their descendants. Let’s live for God and be blessed by him.

May the decisions we make today be ones that anticipate a blessed future.

With love in our Lord,