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1 Kings 20-22


A Devotional Journey
     led by Dr. Gene Pearson                                                                                                              
Thru the Bible in a Year

       The character of Ahab is further revealed through his actions in battle against the king of Aram, his request for God’s directions and subsequent unwillingness to carry them out completely, his confiscation of Naboth’s vineyard, and his run in with Macaiah, one of the most interesting (though least discussed) prophets in the Old Testament.
       Ahab knows enough to consult the true God before going into battle; however, he is vain enough to think he can fight that battle on his own terms and disregard God’s specific instruction to kill the opposing king.  Mistaking God’s support in battle as a personal endorsement instead of an illustration of His superiority over all false gods (20:28), is Ahab’s most glaring error.
       Jezebel, Ahab’s wife reveals her character and destructive influence on the king by goading him into killing Naboth because he refused to give up his family property and satisfy the king’s whim to own it.  When confronted by Elijah, Ahab still has the intelligence left to seek God’s forgiveness, but Jezebel never does.
       Micaiah’s main function is to show how the so-called prophets of Ahab speak what he wants to hear instead of proclaiming what God wants to say.  He does this through a most ingenious approach – pretending to agree with them.  Micaiah’s wording is so extravagant that it raises Ahab’s suspicion:  Micaiah has never publicly supported his ideas or enterprises before.  So eventually, in response to Ahab’s insistence, Micaiah is able to safely prophesy the king’s doom.
       We fall into serious trouble whenever we fall or refuse to listen to God’s voice.  He is always interested in our lives; always wants us to succeed in the most realistic ways; and always offers the best directions.  Our pride, stubbornness, attraction to evil or distraction by other voices than God’s, leads us astray.
       Today, ask yourself if you are in any way avoiding God’s will or disregarding His voice.  What does He want you to do that you are not doing?  How could you be in a better position to understand His will (hint:  regular Bible study like the kind you are now involved with is a great start)?  What mature Christian can help you understand and apply your faith in more consistent and effective ways?
       While it is true that we have no prophet like Elijah speaking to our day, it’s also true that we have the record of what God has already said.  As we read it we must always be impressed with how relevant and timely it is for our own situations.
A. Eugene Pearson 2011