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1 Kings 21 – 22
A man named Naboth had a beautiful vineyard. King Ahab desired it and offered to pay him a fair price, but Naboth refused. He told the king that God had forbidden him from selling the inheritance of his fathers. Sullen and pouting the king returned home. His wife Jezebel noticed something was wrong and asked him about it. Once he told her what Naboth had done, she contrived a way for Naboth to be murdered so her husband could take possession of his vineyard. Elijah is sent to meet King Ahab at the vineyard with a message.
Ahab said to Elijah, “So you found me my enemy!” “I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD. ‘I am going to bring disaster on you. I will consume your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel–slave or free. I will make your house like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat an that of Baasha son of Ahijah because you have provoked me to anger and have caused Israel to sin.’ “And also concerning Jezebel the LORD says: ‘Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’ “Dogs will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and birds of the air will feed on those who die in the country.” (There was never a man like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel.)
1 Kings 21:20-26
After this Ahab goes home and grieves his sin. Because he humbles himself before the LORD, God comes again to Elijah telling him that He will postpone the disaster on Ahab’s house until the reign of Ahab’s son.
War comes again to Israel against Aram. King Ahab goes to King Jehoshaphat of Judah for help. The King of Judah is willing to help him. However, he tells Ahab to first go and seek the counsel of the LORD. Therefore the prophets are brought together and they all prophesied the king’s victory. This does not please Jehoshaphat and asks if there is a prophet of the LORD they can ask advisement from. King Ahab says yes, there is one man, his name is Micaiah, but Ahab doesn’t like him because he is always prophesying bad things about him. Micaiah is brought before the kings and Ahab’s prophets ask him to tell the king what they have told him, that he will have victory. Micaiah responds that he cannot say anything the LORD does not tell him to say. The Kings then ask him if they should go up to battle. Micaiah tells them to attack and be victorious! He must have said it sarcastically because King Ahab demands that he tell them the truth.
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.'”
1 Kings 22:17
King Ahab turns to King Jehoshaphat and complains saying, I told you so this man never prophesies anything good about me.
Then Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the host of heaven around him on his right and on his left. And the LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’ “One suggested this, and another that. Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’ ‘By what means?’ The LORD asked. ‘I will go and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said. ‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the LORD. ‘Go and do it.’ “So now the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of your. The LORD has decreed disaster for you.”
1 Kings 22:19-23
Micaiah is thrown into prison with only bread and water for food until the king’s safe return, but he tells King Ahab if he returns safely the LORD has not spoken through him. Ahab does go and does die. Jezebel also dies and her blood is licked up by the dogs just as Elijah told them.
Jehoshaphat, on the other hand, was a godly king who walked in all the ways of King Asa his father. He continued to destroy the idols and get rid of the shrine prostitutes but did not wipe them out completely.
In Israel, another evil king came after Ahab, his son, Ahaziah. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, reigning only two years, he committed all the sins of his father.
So ends 1 Kings.