29 In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years. 30 Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him. 31 He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him. 32 He set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal that he built in Samaria. 33 Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to arouse the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than did all the kings of Israel before him.
From the time of Ray of Judah and Jay of Israel, there have been two kingdoms. In this chapter, Asa is king of Judah, during the time that there have been several kings ruling in Israel – Baasha, Elah, Zimri, Omri, and in this chapter, Ahab his son. Violence took one after another, evil in the eyes of the Lord.
But then there’s Ahab. He took wrongdoing to a whole new level. And if he wasn’t bad enough, his wife Jezebel was right there with him, causing her own brand of trouble. This isn’t the last we hear of her.
What does God really hate? God hates it when people of his own creation desert him to worship in other places, to elevate other gods to become as God. It’s like an inventor having his precious invention robbed, and someone else stealing his rightful copyright. How can a non-god become God? How can something created take the place of the Creator?
Like the people of Israel who made a golden calf out of the discarded jewelry while Moses was on Mount Sinai getting the Ten Commandments, we like our idols. Money, prestige, honor – none of these are wrong unless they start taking God’s place at the center of our lives.
God of majesty and love, you made us and want us to acknowledge you as Lord of our lives. Forgive us when we stray from our allegiance to you, when we put other things ahead of our love for you. You sent Jesus to die for us and reclaim us; you are worthy of all our praise. You are above all things for you made all things. Let us live today for you. Amen.