The Fox and the House of Azra (Kings 16)

It’s hard to keep track of what’s going on at this point in the Bible. So-and-so is king of this part of the kingdom then so-and-so kills him then so-and-so kills him. And wherever there could be detail added in to paint a picture it says something like, “Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and the conspiracy which he made, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?” (Kin 16:20). I find this incredibly frustrating since I’ve found the Bible up until now to be an exercise in redundancy. It goes on and on about the decorative motifs on altars and thrones but leaves these canyon-like narrative gaps. If I were Cathy (of the aptly-named comic strip “Cathy”) I’d be saying, “Ack!” many times over while reading through this set of chapters.

The above-mentioned Zimri is the most interesting character in Kings 16 because he’s a servant who has got enough balls to kill the king and then be like, “Who’s with me?”. He strikes down Asa, King of Judah, while he’s drinking his face off in this tavern called the House of Azra. Seems like a smart move but it comes back to bite him in the ass. See, his actions inspire another guy named Omri to knock him off the throne. Omni overtakes the city that Zimri is ruling from (Tirzah) and seeing that he’s beat, Zimri burns down his house and himself with it. Apparently, Omri is pretty bad-ass and his son Ahab, who takes over after him, is even worse: “Ahab did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel  who were before him” (Kin 16:33). But what did he do? Eat a bunch of shellfish? Again, the Bible is scant on details here. Ack.

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