“The Tale of Two Kings and A Prophet”

March 12, 2017

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Israel and Judah were divided. Battles had been fought with many sons of Jacob lost. But Judah’s young King, Jehoshaphat, sought to walk in peace with King Ahab of Israel. While Jehoshaphat was a good king, Ahab was evil. Ahab’s wife Jezebel, even worse. But Ahab seemed to welcome the alliance and soon thereafter decided to conquer the foreign city of Ramoth-Gilead. He asked Jehoshaphat to join with him. Jehoshaphat wanted to seek the Lord first so Ahab brought forth 400 prophets who declared everything but God’s word. Jehoshaphat pressed Ahab for a true prophet and Ahab reluctantly summoned Micaiah. Ahab didn’t like Micaiah because he always prophesied the truth, not what He wanted to hear. Micaiah says they’re going to lose the battle and Ahab would lose his life. Micaiah was imprisoned for declaring the truth. Israel and Judah went to battle anyway and were summarily routed. Ahab was buried in Samaria. Jesus prayed in John 17:17: “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth.” Truth is often inconvenient. Many say they love Jesus but do they really? Sometimes when people learn all He actually said, they don’t like Him anymore. Jesus shared at the Last Supper how we would know who really loved Him. John 14:15 says: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” (ESV) So do you love Jesus? How about His words of truth–are they words of life or way too inconvenient? One more time: Do you love Jesus?

Bible References

  • 1 Kings 22:1 - 38
  • 2 Timothy 4:1 - 4
  • John 14:15 - 24