1 Kings 22

1 Kings 22 has the King of Israel seeking help from Jehoshaphat to overcome the Syrians.  They come together and Jehoshophat requests that they seek the counsel of the prophets to be sure that this battle was God’s will and that they would be successful.  Of course, the king calls together his 400 prophets and they give a big green light to engage in battle. But Jehoshophat questions that and asks “Is there not here another prophet”.  He obviously thought the counsel was one sided and not necessarily from the Lord.

So “the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the Lord, Micaiah the son of Imlah, but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but evil”.  The king didn’t like Micaiah because he always spoke the truth, even it if it was not what the king wanted to hear.  He served God, not man, and was not afraid.  So Micaiah did not cave when asked to agree with the first four hundred prophets.  He could have, but he didn’t.

In fact, here is what Micaiah had to say.  “As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that I will speak”.  He wasn’t going to give in to pressure.  So they sent him off to another place when he refused to comply.  And the king of Israel ignored the prophesy and they go into war.  He dressed in disguise and thought he would escape, but an archer shot an arrow and killed him – not by accident – but by God’s hand.  And the kingdom of Ahab continued to “walked in the way of his father and in the way of his mother and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin”.  They followed the very bad example of their king.

God will not be mocked.  And following God’s will, can be a very lonely place to be.  Micaiah could have easily given in to the request to just validate what the king wanted.  They tried to force him to just agree, not stand firm on God’s truth.  But he didn’t.  He stood alone on God’s truth.  That is what we are called to do.  To be faithful to God and His truth and tell it like it is.  God honors that obedience.  God loves it when we walk with Him. 

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