In the history of Baasha (1 Kings 15) he first appears to be a hero of God. He destroys the house of Jeroboam, who had abused the blessings of God and led Israel into idolatry. And he had done so in fulfillment of the prophecy of God. And yet we read that Baasha did not follow God, but walked in the ways of Jeroboam.

The one he rose up against and destroyed was, in reality, the one whom he served. He was not zealous for the Lord, but perhaps zealous for vengeance, or power, or punishment. As a result the Lord’s judgment was declared against Baasha.

How easy it is to walk in the way of Baasha. To chafe under the injustice of our government, under the missteps or failures of our boss, or against the sins prevalent in our church. Yet God does not call our attention to the evils of this world. Rather he calls us to look on him in his righteousness and to follow his ways. If we do not and gain the authority we struggle against we would be like Baasha. Liberating only to enslave. The person in power would change, but the spirit of injustice, of failure, of sin would remain.

It is only when we have been changed by God that we can truly be used for change. “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21


3 Responses to “Baasha”

  1. 1 esunhae
    January 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks, Rob. I appreciate this post.

  2. February 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Just realized you’re blogging…haha (I know, it took me forever)
    nwz, love this concept. It’s not so much about what we do as much as about our relationship with God. It should be from that relationship that our actions spring out. So that doing the right thing with the wrong heart is doing the wrong thing altogether.

    • 3 rcmosher
      February 6, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Haha, I think you’ve had a link to me on your blog since I was in MTP.
      But yes, there is much more than just doing. It’s striking how so many in the Bible are called to wait rather than do. It just hit me that with God we are often like a workaholic father, spending all his time to secure things for his family, but in reality growing distant from them. I want to stop doing things for God and start doing things with God!

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