Do we live in evil times? Elijah lived under a king that historians pronounced the worst yet.
The prophet Micah (7:3) talked about those who sin with both hands earnestly, and the lead-up to King Ahab lists eight kings who might qualify.
Most kings earned their failing grade by enslaving children as prostitutes or by burning babies—in Old Testament language, worshipping Asherah or Moloch.
- Solomon “went after Asherah … and … Molech.” Kg 11:5-7
- Rehoboam – under his leadership, “Judah … built Asherah sex-and-religion shrines.” 1 Kg 14:22-24
- Jereboam’s family … made God so angry with Asherah sex-and-religion shrines. 1 Kg 14:14-16
At this point, the historian started pointing back to Rehoboam or Jeroboam.”
- King Abijah “walked in all the sins of [Rehoboam] his father” 1 Kg 15:3
- King Nadab “did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of [Jeroboam] his father.” 1 Kg 15:26
- King Baasha “And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of Jeroboam.” 1 Kg 15:34
- King Zimri, “walking in the way of Jeroboam ” 1 Kg 16:19
- King Omri “worked evil in the eyes of the Lord, and did worse than all that were before him. For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin ” 1 Kg 16:25-26
At the bottom of the list, the worst of a bad lot: “ Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him.” Kg 16:30