April 30, 2006
Read 1 Kings 21
The covetousness of Ahab leads Jezebel to murder Naboth; death of Ahab and Jezebel foretold
Ahab ruled the northern kingdom of
Ahab invited Jehoshaphat, his daughter's father-in-law who was the king of
The messenger who was sent to bring Micaiah from prison spake unto him, saying . . . let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good. And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto 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, and 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 express unlimited peace of mind 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 unto them. . . . I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father hath taught Me, I speak these things (John 8:28; 12:49-50).
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Memory Verse for the Week: I Kings 11:9