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August 20, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Kings 20 (ESV)

Ben-hadad the king of Syria gathered all his army together. Thirty-two kings were with him, and horses and chariots. And he went up and closed in on Samaria and fought against it. And he sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel and said to him, “Thus says Ben-hadad: ‘Your silver and your gold are mine; your best wives and children also are mine.’” And the king of Israel answered, “As you say, my lord, O king, I am yours, and all that I have.” The messengers came again and said, “Thus says Ben-hadad: ‘I sent to you, saying, “Deliver to me your silver and your gold, your wives and your children.” Nevertheless I will send my servants to you tomorrow about this time, and they shall search your house and the houses of your servants and lay hands on whatever pleases you and take it away.’”.....Continue Reading

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  1. The king of Israel said to him, “So shall your judgment be; you yourself have decided it.” 41Then he hurried to take the bandage away from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. 42And he said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have let go out of your hand the man whom I had devoted to destruction, therefore your life shall be for his life, and your people for his people.'” 43And the king of Israel went to his house vexed and sullen and came to Samaria.

  2. How gracious God is to grant Ahab, one of the most evil kings of Israel, victory. But it shows how far God will go to reveal Himself to us and attempt to draw us to Him. Unfortunately Ahab does not respond to it and therefore is not able to hear God’s voice or discern His will that he should kill the Aramian king. What a waste of any life to pursue our own way and not follow God.

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