Daily D – 1 Kings 16:15
In the twenty-seventh year of Judah’s King Asa, Zimri became king for seven days in Tirzah.
1 KINGS 16:15 (CSB)
Zimri did not know how to win friends and influence people. His life is a textbook example of how to offend everyone as quickly as possible. Zimri was evil.
He shows up in verse 9 where we see that he was a military leader, a commander of half the chariots of King Elah. While King Elah was busy getting drunk, Zimri “went in and struck Elah down, killing him,” (verse 10).
What is the first thing he did when he became king? Check out verse 11. He “struck down the entire house of Baasha. He did not leave a single male, including his kinsmen and friends.”
Zimri desired to lead from a place of power. However, his peers apparently considered him a powerful jerk. When the other military leaders and troops heard what Zimri did, they made the army commander, Omri, king. They then marched up to where Zimri was holding court to capture him.
Zimri saw that this was not going to end well, so he chose his own way out. “When Zimri saw that the city was captured, he entered the citadel of the royal palace and burned it down over himself,” (verse 18). The End.
On the ship of state, there is the captain, the crew, the stowaway, and the pirate. Zimri was a pirate who became a captain. Pirates who become captains not only have to eliminate the former captain and his loyal crew, they also have to consolidate power against other pirates. Zimri settled for getting rid of the former captain and his crew. He wasn’t smart enough or strong enough to get rid of the other pirate.
What lessons can we learn from Zimri? First, don’t be that guy. Second, really, seriously, don’t be that guy.
The books of 1 and 2 Kings teach us how to lead and how not to lead. Zimri is one of the best examples of what not to do. Simply holding a position of leadership does not make a person a leader. Leaders who lead from a place of power and fear are dangerous. Avoid them.
I will learn lessons from leaders of what to do and what not to do.
Our Father, empower us to lead ourselves and others from a place shaped by your wisdom and grace. Deliver us from the temptations of power and fear. Direct us so that we finish well. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”