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Like Mike pointed out,Jehoshaphat was quick to see through the phoney prophets...guess it wouldn't have been so hard if it's mentioned one of them held on to a horn(a god?)who knows what the others had in their hands....Micaiah chickened out at first and told Ahab what he wanted him to hear.It's very obvious Ahab knew Micaiah was truly a messenger from God...and maybe deep down he knew he wasn't right with God...He realised Micaiah was lying...some people are terrible liars...when I was unsaved I stuck to the truth because when I lied my guilty face gave me away,wonder if that's what happened to Micaiah...
Jehoshaphat was a man of peace,godly...was he also "unwise" or was it faith....Jehoshaphat was right with God,heard when the prophecy was given...it didn't say he was going to die....so maybe he went out believing God was on his side....yet it does seem like he's tempting the Lord by doing so....
Ahab was given several occasions to see God's power but also His mercy....yet he refused to permanently repent....seems the fasting and ashes scene didn't have any permanent effect as he quickly went back to his old ways......
It just struck me why David was a man after God's heart....yes he had his many faults...but did he ever refuse to listen to God or his prophets....don't remember seeing that.Paul had a revelation from God about David'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.'
I pray we all do what God says so that we like David may be people after God's own heart.
God bless you all.

I love how in 1 Kings 22:34 it says "an Aramean soldier 'randomly' shot an arrow at the Israelite tropps and hit the king of Israel between the joints of his armor."

We know that 'random' is the word they used, but we know that there is nothing random with God because he is a God of order.

JH, I agree with you. That is what stood out to me. what an amazing passage of Scripture!

I also noticed how Micaiah's prophesy was one of mercy
and grace. He told the whole "behind the scenes" story that God had sent a lying spirit into all the other prophets. Ahab at the point could have repented and not trusted the lie! But it only revealed his heart--that he didn't want to trust God.

The rest of it is pretty colorful, isn't it? Ahab's body propped up in the chariot, the whole army fleeing, blood everywhere...then contrasted with v39..."Now the rest of the acts of Ahab and all that he did, an the ivory house that he built and all the cities that he built..." Nice irony! Really points out what is important--our stuff and accomplishments?--or that we fear the Lord? What will it be?!?!?

1 Kings 22:1-53

As I read this section of I Kings, Paul’s words came to mind:

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
(2 Corinthians 6:14 KJV)

I know this verse is usually applied to marriage relationships; however, its application is relevant to any and all relationships. Jehoshaphat, a godly king, Ahab---well Ahab is a man given over totally to evil by his choice. I think, like Jehoshaphat, we are susceptible of forming dangerous alliances because many a time things appear to be good but is not and we set ourselves up for death.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2 KJVR) What the “world” tells us to do to achieve success must be measured by the yardstick of God’s Word.

Anka,

Not sure if Micaiah chickened out???? and told Ahab what he wanted to hear.

Several commentators said Micaiah said the first prophecy in mocking and sarcastic tones.

I could not figure out their reasoning, until I realized if the prophecy had been delivered sincerely - that AHAB would have run with it. 'SEE Micaiah agrees with all the others - let's saddle up.'

Instead Ahab rebukes Micaiah and basically tells him to give it another go.

Jehosophat did a lot of good chronicled in 2Chron, but I would have thought twice about going out into this battle. Even more questionable than that decision was one made in his later years:

Jehoshaphat gave his son Jehoram to Athaliah in marriage, the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel (2 Chronicles 18:1).

YIKES!!!!

Acts 13

Paul did speak to Jews and God-fearing Gentiles.

"Some commentators have complained that Paul preaches too much like Peter did on Pentecost. But what is to complain about? It shows us that Peter and Paul preached the same gospel, and the same gospel was preached some fifteen years after Pentecost as was preached on that first day.

i. Others note similarities between Paul’s sermon here and the sermon of Stephen in Acts 7. That was a sermon that Paul heard when he still hated the name of Jesus. Perhaps the sermon of the first martyr of the church was still ringing in the ears of the man who led his execution!" David Guzik

I have only given the two speeches (Stephen and Paul's) a quick comparison. However it seems Paul while giving a historical overview with scripture references - has a little different spin.

Paul's scripture references seem to revolve around the fulfilling of prophesy - while Steven's are more for historical verification. Stephen then summarized at the end about Christ. Paul seemed to be building (based on prophecy) the "case for Christ" throughout his speech - after a brief intro.

I Kings 22:1-53

Mike you put a hard question out to all your readers.
>>Do we sometimes maybe even decide to attend a particular church because it tells us basically what we want to hear? It keeps us in our comfortable place... we get yes-messages...>>

When we surround ourselves with things and people who will give us yeses, we are truly insecure people afraid to be challenged. I believe we desire “Yes” folks because deep down in our hearts we know we are wrong, wrong, wrong. Although we haven’t gotten to the book yet, Job, there is a statement made by Job that always rehearses in my memory. He states in Ramona’s paraphrase, “We all know truth when we hear it.”

11 Does not the ear test words
as the tongue tastes food? (Job 12:11)

Ahab knew the truth because when the true prophet, Micaiah, repeated the “good” news all the other four-hundred prophets voiced, Ahab told him to tell the truth! I wonder if we believe that “calling those things that be not as thou they were” (Romans 4:17) is man’s domain when the text says that it is God that calls things that are not as thou they were. We are a people given to self-deception and that deception has nothing to do with the devil but has everything to do with us trying to be our own gods. If we call something over and over again to be truth it will come to pass …NOT!

Acts 13:16-41
Speaking of Truth, Paul preaches a message of Truth in Antioch of Pisidia. The problem with truth is that no matter how you put it, sugar coat it, spoon feed it, it is always confrontational. When we are confronted with truth, we may block it out without giving honest thought to what is being said. In his message to those in the Synagogue, Paul holds a mirror up to the congregation and shows them what they look like.

Now there is something tricky about mirrors, they really don’t show what we look like to others they show what we look like to ourselves thus it is not a true reflection. A co-worker in my school has a small company called “True Mirror.” The mirrors made by this establishment have two pieces of glass or mirrors set at 90° angels to each other. When you see yourself in the mirror for the first time most don’t recognize themselves. Instead of having a opposite reflection looking back at you, you see what everyone else sees. If you raise your right hand, the left hand in the mirror doesn’t go up, the right hand goes up it is startling and there are a none to few people who walk away in disgust and never look at the mirror again.

I think that is how we are when truth is presented to us, especially the truth about ourselves. Like the “True Mirror” most walk away in disgust shaken up by what they see never to look in the mirror again.


Psalm 138:1-8
1 I give you thanks, O LORD, with all my heart;
I will sing your praises before the gods.

The Psalmist has decided to sing the True praises of God before all pretenders. Now if you want some conflict talk of God before all those things and people vying for the Throne of God.


Proverbs 17:17-18

I saw something in the seventh verse that I’ve never seen before. A friend, a true friend is never known until adversity comes into your life and that person remains a friend. I’ve heard it said that we should only be able to count friends, true friends on one hand. Now if one of those fingers represents Jesus, then we that leaves four if you count the thumb as being a finger. If not, well …

A friend is someone who knows everything about you and still likes you… and that friend is Jesus.

Jesus is a friend that loves you just the way you are; but He loves you too much to let you stay the way you are.

I was amazed when I read 1 Kings 22 1-53. I was amazed that the king allowed the prophets to go all out in their prophecy and when Micaiah joined them and said the same things they were saying the king was upset and said knock it off Micaiah, be truthful with me. Then Micaiah told the king the real deal the king said yeah! see he always says negative things about me. The king took what he said to heart and tried to out wit God's plan by dressing up like some one else and going to battle. We cant hide from God, you know. No matter what we do. He tried to out wit and still was killed as Micaiah stated to him! This gives me a lot to think about in dealing with my own life.

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