2 Chronicles 18

2 Chronicles 18 has Jehoshaphat making a marriage alliance with Ahab.  This approach to linking kingdoms by the bond of marriage was common in the ancient world, yet it was unwise for Jehoshaphat. The wisest strategy for the protection of his kingdom was obedience instead of compromise with the ungodly King Ahab of Israel and his wife, Queen Jezebel.  But he proceeds and Ahab asks Jehoshaphat to join him in attacking Ramoth-Gilead.  Ahab asked King Jehoshaphat to help him in this dispute against Syria. This made some sense, because Ramoth-Gilead was only 40 miles from Jerusalem.

Jehoshaphat wisely asks “Is there not here another prophet of the Lord of whom we may inquire”?  Ahab finally admits that while all the prophets he listens to were giving the thumbs up to proceeding into battle, there was one more, “Micaiah….but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil”.  Ahab’s prophets were not faithful prophets of the LORD. These were prophets happy to please their kings, and to tell him what he wanted to hear.  Ahab’s real conflict was with God, but he focused his hatred against the prophet Micaiah.

Micaiah tells the king he won’t just tell him what he wants to hear.  “As the Lord lives, what my God says, that I will speak”.  He speaks the truth, which was contrary to that of the other prophets.  King Ahab recognized the mocking tone of Micaiah’s prophecy and knew it contradicted the message of the 400 prophets.  But he convinced Jehoshaphat to ignore Micaiah and proceed into battle against the prophets warning.  And to silence him he said “Put this fellow in prison and feed him with meager rations of bread and water until I return in peace”.

That obviously didn’t happen.  Ahab tries to trick the enemy by disguising himself going into battle.  The enemy was focused on killing him, and while they had Jehoshaphat in their fingers, God intervened and drew them away.  But Ahab wasn’t so lucky.  “A certain man drew his bow at random and struck the king of Israel between the scale armor and the breastplate”.  Even with the disguise and strategy to keep Ahab under the radar, God’s prophecy happens and Ahab dies in battle.  God will never be mocked by the plans of man.  Ahab’s fate happens exactly as God planned and stated through His prophet.  The same is true in everything today.  God’s plans always happen as He intends!

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