Here is a story of deep contrasts; of the blessing that follows having the Lord as your guide, and of the cursing that follows having the Adversary as your guide. King Omer, who was a righteous king, was warned in a dream to flee, which he did. The secret combination that took power after he left blew itself out after many years, allowing King Omer to return and live in peace for the last two years of his life. His son Emer followed in his father’s footsteps and was so righteous that he was able to see Jesus Christ before he died (v. 22). These are examples of the blessings of following the Lord.
On the other hand, Jared (the 2nd one we've seen), who wanted to kill King Omer and who became King himself, was killed by Akish while he was on the throne conducting business. How much more wicked can you get than to kill someone in broad daylight in front of witnesses? Three generations later, King Heth was so wicked, and the people with him, that the Lord sent, not only a great famine in the land, but also poisonous snakes to wake up the people (verses 30 – 31). These are examples of the cursings of following the Adversary.
It would be wise to learn from the mistakes of others and not spend our time in pursuits that will curse us, but rather to pursue the path of the Lord. It is a straight path, and doesn't require as much energy to traverse as a crooked one. Let us enter “the rest of the Lord” by following His path.