Read I Kings 21 -- 22
The covetousness of Ahab; Jezebel murders Naboth; death of Ahab and Jezebel foretold
A hab ruled the northern kingdom of
Ahab invited Jehoshaphat, his daughter's father-in-law, who was also the king of
The messenger who was sent to bring Micaiah from prison spoke to him, saying . . . let your word, I pray you, be like the word of one of them (Ahab's prophets), and speak that which is good. And Micaiah said, As the LORD lives, what the LORD says to me, that will I speak (22:13-14). If Micaiah had cooperated, no doubt he would have immediately gained his freedom. But Micaiah knew that obedience to God was far more important than his freedom, so he courageously proclaimed: I saw all
Micaiah had bluntly foretold Ahab's death. And the king of
The tragic consequences of Ahab's disregard for the Word of God should be a warning to all who are making the same fatal mistake. In contrast, a follower of Christ can experience unlimited peace of mind and can proclaim with the psalmist: I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved (Psalm 16:8).
21:27 went softly = went subdued; 22:3 be still = do nothing; 22:10 void = open, perhaps a threshing floor; 22:11 push = gore; 22:13 one mouth = unanimously; 22:16 adjure = put you under oath, make you swear; 22:34 at a venture = randomly, without specific aim; harness = armor; 22:48 broken = wrecked.
By Micaiah, who would say only what God instructed him to say (I Kings 22:14). Jesus faithfully told others everything God told Him to say. Then said Jesus to them . . . I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father has taught Me, I speak these things (John 8:28; see also 12:49-50).
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Memory Verse for the Week: I Thessalonians 5:18