Trivial Pursuits

Scripture Verses

1 Kings 16:21-28


It really doesn’t matter what is in our past: the good, the bad, the accomplishments, the failures. Only what’s done for God is going to last.

Omri’s Obstacles

  • A Divided Northern Kingdom
  • Ongoing conflicts with Judah and Philistia
  • The capital in Tirzah had been burned
  • Instability from rapid turnover of leadership

Omri’s Accomplishments

  1. Establishing a new capital
  2. Kept foreign armies at bay
  3. Gave people a religion they liked
  4. Stopped fighting Judah
  5. Effective control over Moab
  6. Dynasty lasted 40 years
  7. Greatness attested to for 100 years

First Two Commandments

  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me
  2. Thou shalt not make any graven image