He Shall Die
The sixth king of Israel’s Northern Kingdom was Omri, who is recorded at First Kings Sixteen as having served as captain of the host. Omri rose to the throne after Zimri assassinated King Elah during a drunken party and declared himself king. When this became known, a significant number of the Israelites proclaimed Omri as king instead. With his capitol besieged by Omri’s supporters, Zimri killed himself after only seven days in office. Omri moved the capitol to the hill of Samaria and died leaving an impressive military and political legacy. However, God regarded Omri to have wrought more evil than the kings before him. A man’s secular accomplishments mean nothing at all if he gain not the Lord’s favor. As God spoke through the prophet Ezekiel, if the righteous commit iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he has committed, he shall die.
Written and voiced by David Hayes Prophater
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