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king obeys prophet!

August 18, 2013

If you’ve been following my blog as I’ve posted about Elijah, I’m going to jump back a bit to chapter 18 of 1 Kings. Elijah has been in hiding for over three years during the drought that he had forecast to King Ahab. * Since that time Ahab has been searching all over the known world for the man the king considered responsible for the drought. Finally they meet up in verse 16-19. Ahab begins the conversation by calling Elijah the troublemaker. Elijah is solid in his knowledge of the truth. He displays not only that but also the boldness of the Lord in his reply to the King. “I have made no trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “You and your family are the troublemakers, for you have refused to obey the commands of the Lord and have worshiped the images of Baal instead. Now summon all Israel to join me at Mount Carmel, along with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah who are supported by Jezebel.” ** Notice how he doesn’t seem to skip a beat but changes the subject from responding to Ahab’s false charge to laying out God’s game plan. What amazes me is that Ahab, the King, complies! How rare for a ruler to follow the directions of anyone under them. I had to ask why. I see two reasons, although I’m sure there could be more.

For one, Ahab was a wimp. When you read the full account of his life in the Bible *** as well as that of his wife, Queen Jezebel, **** it’s clear that she called the shots and truly ruled Israel.

For another reason, it was God’s plan for His challenge against Baal to take place. He was more than ready to show His true colors while revealing the lie that Baal didn’t really exist.

* I Kings 17:1

** Footnotes: 18:19 Hebrew who eat at Jezebel’s table, 1 Kings 18:18-19, New Living Translation (NLT)

*** I Kings 16-19, 2 Chronicles 18

**** I Kings 16;31,
18:4-19,
19:1-2,
21:5-21,
2 Kings 9:7-37

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