Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Omri the King

846 BC, Mesha Inscription Lines 7 and 8- 
Omri had occupied the land of Medeba (northern Moab), and had dwelt there in his time (Albright 1969: 320)
841 BC, From the records of the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III and the Black  Obelisk
In the 18th year of my rule I crossed the Euphrates for the 16th time.... At that time I received the tribute of... Jehu, son of Omri (Oppenheim 1969:280)
"The tribute of Jehu, son of Omri..." (Oppenheim 1969:281)

732 BC, Annalistic Record of the Assyrian King Tiglath-Pileser III
"Omri-Land... and its inhabitants and their possessions I led to Assyria" (Oppenheim 1969:284). 

721 BC, Annalistic Record of the Assyrian King Sargon II
I conquered and sacked the towns of Shinuhtu and Samaria, and all Omri-Land (Oppenheim 1969:285)

The commander of the Israelite army did very well for himself as king, making a lasting impression on his northern neighbors for many years to come.  Notice how the world came to know Israel as Omri-land- it's remarkable how patient God was in letting Omri get away with such conquest to bring himself glory.

But now see how the Bible records his accomplishments: 1 Kings 16:25,28- "Omri did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and did more evil than all who were before him... And Omri slept with his fathers and was buried in Samaria, and Ahab his son reigned in his place." 

Brings this to mind: 1 Samuel 16:7. And this one: Galatians 2:16

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