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1 Kings 22

Read 1 Kings 22 – A common purpose unites Israel and Judah.    Meet Jehoshaphat, the son of Asa, king of Judah (the south).  He was a king who did what was pleasing to the Lord(22:43).  He was visiting King Ahab(north) during a time of peace with Aram.  Ahab proposed they reclaim a city from Aram.  Jehoshaphat is agreeable, providing they find out what the Lord says.  The prophets are summoned and are in favor, yet none of the 400 prophets are from the Lord. Jehoshaphat has godly discernment to point this out.

Ahab doesn’t like the prophet of the Lord, Micaiah, because he gives bad news. This time is no exception, as he says Ahab will die if he goes into this battle. Ahab is arrogant to go to battle anyway, yet cowardly by disguising his royalty. But the Lord’s purpose prevails and you have to read it for yourself! 

God is precise in his ways. MANY ARE THE PLANS IN A PERSON’S HEART, BUT IT IS THE LORD’S PURPOSE THAT PREVAILS.  Proverbs 19:21

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1 Kings 21

Read 1 Kings 21 – Wicked/weak, wicked/strong, wicked/subservient… There are many ways to take part in wickedness. 

Ahab was wicked-weak.  He pouted when he didn’t get what he wanted; he was a whiny child to his wife, and he let her use his name/seal to get what he wanted(21:4-8). 

Jezebel was wicked-strong.  She made a plot for evil against an innocent man.  She brought others into her ploy to make the taking of Naboth’s vineyard seem justified.  She used her weak husbands name to carry out her vile plan(21:8-10). 

The elders were wicked-subservient.  They carried out the orders without hesitation or question(21:11).  Sometimes we must take a stand when those in authority over us are demanding what is a crime against God. 

The Lord sent Elijah to confront Ahab.  For believers, the Holy Spirit confronts us directly in our hearts. This chapter begs us to look at those who influence us and those we influence.  Both should lead us to god-honoring lives of integrity.  “We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.”  Romans 15:2

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1 Kings 20

Read 1 Kings 20 – Oh!  The Lord’s great love is immeasurable – King Ahab of Israel is in some hot water when threatened by King Ben-hadad of Aram.  His first inclination is to concede his wives, children, gold and silver (20:4), but then King Ben-hadad asks for even more, and Ahab gets oddly courageous.  Remember, he is a wicked king, not walking with the Lord.  Yet, after he takes his stand, a prophet of the Lord tells him the Lord will give him victory – stating, “Then you will know that I am the Lord.” The battle is won, and the prophet tells Ahab to prepare because another is coming in the spring.  In that battle, the Bible says the Israelite army looked like two little flocks of goats compared to the vast Aramean forces.  Yet, again the Lord will secure their victory so that they know God is the Lord (20:27-28).  Beloved, God will go to incredible lengths to make Himself known to you.  Romans 5:8 assures, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  If you are walking in arrogance like King Ahab, thinking your sin is either unforgivable or no big deal, let today be the day you turn to Jesus.  His arms are open wide.

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1 Kings 18

Read 1 Kings 18 – The supernatural continues, but this time with a sense of humor!  Wasn’t this a great chapter?  The region is in its third year of drought when the Lord tells Elijah to present himself to King Ahab.  He meets Obadiah (he was in charge of the palace, yet still a true servant of God – 18:3), and instructs him to tell Ahab.  King Ahab meets Elijah and a show-down is arranged… one just never knows what the Lord is going to come up with next!  All the prophets of Baal and Asherah who were supported by Jezebel (900 prophets – 18:19) bring forth two bulls – one to be offered to their god on an altar of wood, the other by Elijah.  Whichever god/God sets fire to the altar wins.  Were you giggling as you pictured what God’s Word said?  It is quite funny, “Perhaps your god is daydreaming or relieving himself,” Elijah suggested, 18:27.  I love this – and could retell it, but it is always best when you read it for yourself, and as you do, hold on to the fact that our God is amazing.  The same God that brought fire to the altar, and rain to the parched land also sent Jesus for your rescue.  He is with you and for you always.