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August 22, 2018

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

1 Kings 22 (ESV)

For three years Syria and Israel continued without war. But in the third year Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel. And the king of Israel said to his servants, “Do you know that Ramoth-gilead belongs to us, and we keep quiet and do not take it out of the hand of the king of Syria?” And he said to Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to battle at Ramoth-gilead?” And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”

And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Inquire first for the word of the Lord.”Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall I go to battle against Ramoth-gilead, or shall I refrain?” And they said, “Go up, for the Lord will give it into the hand of the king.”......Continue Reading

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  1. 28And Micaiah said, “If you return in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Hear, all you peoples!”
    43He walked in all the way of Asa his father. He did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the Lord. Yet the high places were not taken away, and the people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places. 44Jehoshaphat also made peace with the king of Israel.

  2. It is interesting to see this righteous king of Judah interact with evil Ahab. He can tell these false prophets don’t represent the Lord, so he asks is there anyone who speaks for Him? It is funny how Ahab blames Micaiah for his negative prophecies towards Him rather than reflecting on his own life and realizing it is because of His evil that the prophets words speak judgement. We do have to be careful who we surround ourselves with and make sure we are not just heading the counsel of those who say what we want to hear. You want someone like Micaiah who says in verse 14, I can only say what God tells me to say. After the negative prophecy, one wonders why Jehosophat joined Ahab in battle and follows his advice to wear his royal robes? It is telling that although Jehosophat was righteous he did not rid Judah of the high places so he was still subject to following the compulsions of evil…that could explain why he would still join someone as evil as Ahab in battle. But the prophets words come true and Ahab dies in the way God had said, He is faithful to His word….good and bad….

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