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Baasha Of Israel

Baasha, from the Hebrew word pronounced baw-shaw, which originally meant offensive (from a root word which meant to stink), but which later came to mean bravery, was the third king of the northern kingdom of Israel (see Israelite Monarchy - The Northern Kingdom and Kings of Israel and Judah), as the founder of the northern kingdom's second dynasty (see Israelite Dynasties). Baasha, of the tribe of Issachar, became king by assassinating the reigning king, Nadab (see Nadab Of Israel) the son of Jeroboam (see Jeroboam Of Israel).

As was often done, the reign of a king of Israel or Judah was recorded in time relation to their counterpart in the other kingdom. Baasha assumed the throne "in the third year of Asa king of Judah" (see Asa Of Judah). Baasha soon proved himself to be just as corrupt and offensive (in his case, the original meaning of his name was the more accurate) as any others before him.

"15:25 And Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned over Israel two years. 15:26 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.

15:27 And Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, conspired against him; and Baasha smote him at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines; for Nadab and all Israel laid siege to Gibbethon. 15:28 Even in the third year of Asa king of Judah did Baasha slay him, and reigned in his stead." (1 Kings 15:25-28 KJV)

"15:33 In the third year of Asa king of Judah began Baasha the son of Ahijah to reign over all Israel in Tirzah, twenty and four years. 15:34 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin." (1 Kings 15:33-34 KJV)

"The word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the LORD"

Israel and Judah were two independent kingdoms during those years. They were sometimes allied, but just as often they were actually at war with one another. There were times when Israel, the northern kingdom, was at war with the Jews, the southern kingdom. As recorded here, Baasha once found himself at war with Judah when it had made a military alliance with Syria to defend itself from Israel.

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"15:16 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days. 15:17 And Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah, and built Ramah, that he might not suffer any to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.

15:18 Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants: and king Asa sent them to Benhadad, the son of Tabrimon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying, 15:19 There is a league between me and thee, and between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent unto thee a present of silver and gold; come and break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.

15:20 So Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of the hosts which he had against the cities of Israel, and smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelbethmaachah, and all Cinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali. 15:21 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard thereof, that he left off building of Ramah, and dwelt in Tirzah. 15:22 Then king Asa made a proclamation throughout all Judah; none was exempted: and they took away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha had builded; and king Asa built with them Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah." (1 Kings 15:16-22 KJV)

As stated above, Baasha had made Tirzah his capital city (see the Fact Finder question below). In his time, it was a city of corruption and idolatry (not much different than many capital cities of "Christian" nations today - filled with liars and hypocrites). It was the LORD, again, as He did with other satanic national leaders, who brought the corruption to an end: "the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the LORD."

"16:1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying, 16:2 Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust, and made thee prince over my people Israel; and thou hast walked in the way of Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins; 16:3 Behold, I will take away the posterity of Baasha, and the posterity of his house; and will make thy house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat. 16:4 Him that dieth of Baasha in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth of his in the fields shall the fowls of the air eat.

16:5 Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, and what he did, and his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 16:6 So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buried in Tirzah: and Elah his son reigned in his stead.

16:7 And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the LORD, in provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam; and because he killed him." (1 Kings 16:1-7 KJV)

Fact Finder: For how long was Tirzah the capital of Israel?
See The Kings Of Tirzah

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