Zimri and Omri, Kings of Israel (1 Kings 16:15 – 28)

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1 Kings 16:15 – 28

1. With what badge of notoriety would you like your name to be associated with 3,000 years in the future?

2. What positions do Zimri and Omri hold in the army (verses 15, 16; see also chapter 16 verse 9)? What does Zimri do during his week as king (see chapter 16 verse 11)?

3. Does Zimri overestimate his popularity with the military, or does he launch a coup knowing the military won’t back him? What does his response to Omri’s siege tell you (verses 17 and 18)?

4. Is the writer fair with Zimri or sounding like a broken record (verse 19)?

5. What opposition does Omri face (verse 21)? How long is the power struggle (verses 15 and 23)? In what kind of shape is Tirzah?

6. What would Omri look for in relocating the capital from Tirzah, building and naming a new one?

7. Is popularity important to you? Why or why not? Were you ever shocked to find you weren’t as well-liked as you thought?

8. Are you facing formidable opposition in any area of your life now?

9. What do you think of the Christians who tried to kill Adolf Hitler? How should Christians handle power struggles?

Additional Note About King Omri:

King Omri gets a grand total of eight verses in 1 Kings, even though secular historians regard him as one of Israel’s most powerful kings. After his firm rule, Israel was called Omriland in Assyrian records. He built the capital city of Samaria in a location that guarded all routes north and south.

Yet he also started the religious heresies that led to his nation’s extinction. Politically shrewd, he married off his son (Ahab) to a neighboring king’s daughter (Jezebel), the ruthless power couple we will be studying for the next 3 weeks.

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