1 Kings

1 Kings 20-21

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So I found chapter 20 to be a very hard read (I hope I wasn’t the only one).  We already know we don’t like Ahab and in our heads think well God must not like him either.  That could not be further from the truth.  God will use or turn the heart of anyone He chooses.  In this case, there are 3 world powers rising up:

  • Aram
  • Assyria
  • Babylon

Ancient Babylonian Trade and round boats. - History's Ramblings

Ben0Hadad the king of Aram attacks Samaria (which we know is the new capital of the Northern tribes, Israel.  What we see in this story is when people, even an Ahab, just in the Lord, he brings victories.  Ahad defeats Aram.  The Lord sends a message to Ahab warning him that this will happen AGAIN next year.  And it does!

Until….

32 Wearing sackcloth around their waists and ropes around their heads, they went to the king of Israel and said, “Your servant Ben-Hadad says: ‘Please let me live.’”

The king answered, “Is he still alive? He is my brother.”

The answer should have been NO! But he says “He is my brother”, meaning….he too is a king like me….so of course I will let you live.  What???? NO!  All that work from the Lord to bring victory and he caves like that….was a wimp!  He makes the Treaty.  So God went a message:

“This is what the Lord says: ‘You have set free a man I had determined should die. Therefore it is your life for his life, your people for his people.’” Sullen and angry, the king of Israel went to his palace in Samaria.

Chapter 21 was an easier read for me.  In short, Jezelebl wears the pants!  (I was going to say something else but I will be appropriate).   Naboth was following the Law when he would not give the land (Numbers 27)

So after you read this horrible outcome of bringing false accusations and having Naboth killed,  the Lord sends a message of doom to Ahab…

BUT WAIT!  What was Ahab’s response??  Did he get angry?  Did he pout (like usual)? Nope….he humbled himself before the Lord for the first time.

God is a just God and even though someone repents does not take away the consequence that was set in motion by the sin

Numbers 14:18 ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’

1 Kings 21:28 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: 29 “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”

 

One thought on “1 Kings 20-21

  1. The god of the hills: ch 20: v23
My study bible give an explanation of how Israel fighters were good in the hills but bad in the plain because they didn’t use chariots…
Blah blah blah…
The first thing that came to my mind, is “why do these people have a god for every little thing, and they can’t seem to understand there might just be ONE GOD? And maybe THAT GOD is with these people?”
I mean do none of them look at the Israelite history?
    Ch 20:35-42
“A prophet condemns Ahab”
How easy is it for God to give us a huge victory, and then everything’s great again so we go back into a mode of complacency?
Also why would Ahab let Ben-Hadad go?
To me this shows the Israelites downfall with this whole “earthly king” idea…
Ahab thought he had authority over Ben-Hadad’s life when he didn’t. God did… Yet when we go with our hearts desire rather than God’s plan, we put ourself in a situation destined for failure.
    Ch 21: v20
Study bible quote:
“Ahab still refuses to admit his sin against God. Instead, he accused Elijah of being his enemy. When we are blinded by envy and hatred, we find it most impossible to see our own sin.”
    Ahab was sinning against God, and blaming it on Elijah… basically turning a blind eye to his issues with his relationship with God.
    Ch 21 in the end:
Ahab becomes humble and repents… God takes notice and is merciful to him.
What do we need to become humble and repent about?
    Side note: do you ever notice how often the decisions these people make affects their ancestors who come after them?
I wonder if the decisions we are making will affect our ancestors to come in a negative way?

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