Today we end 1 Kings:
Last week we read about several kings but we ended with Jehosapaht on the side of Judah.
When you read this last chapter you can view it from a human standpoint “I think that is a great idea Jehoshaphat, making a treaty with Israel to overtake Aram.” OR you can look at it from God’s point of view (not just the head but the heart) and maybe see it a little different. Even though Jehoshaphat in chapter 17 started a revival for Judah we now see him 3 years later waiting and waiting for Ahab to be killed just like the Lord had promised OR Ahab to conquer Aram completely.
Jehoshaphat reigns in Jerusalem and Ahab in Samaria. It makes strategic sense on Jehoshaphat’s part to use the Samarian capital to have Ahab killed and to Barack Aram (in Ramoth Gilead). Look at the map.
Anyway, Ahab is told to seek the Lord, so he calls up 400 prophets. TIME OUT. Think about this for a moment. His wife is Jezebel…she went through great efforts to kill all the prophets, remember they even hid in caves. So who are these men? Oh….these are smart enough to “prophesize” only what she wants to hear. Jehoshaphat wasn’t born yesterday so he says “Ummm can we get a real prophet please”.
15 When he arrived, the king asked him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or not?”
“Attack and be victorious,” he answered, “for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand.”
(He was being Sarcastic! He was repeating the false prophets!)
16 The king said to him, “How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord?”
17 Then Micaiah answered, “I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd, and the Lord said, ‘These people have no master. Let each one go home in peace.’”
18 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you that he never prophesies anything good about me, but only bad?”
In the end, Elijah’s prophesy comes true and Ahab meets his fate of death and his blood being licked by dogs.
Overall Jehsaphat was an accomplished leader and considered a “Good King” following the ways of the Lord (except for removing all the “high places” (altars fr worship to false gods).
Next on our checklist, we see
- Judah King: Jehoram
- Israel King:Ahaziah–52 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, because he followed the ways of his father and mother and of Jeroboam son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin. 53 He served and worshiped Baal and aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, just as his father had done.
Does anyone know the significance of tomorrow???