June 29: 1 Kings 22 & 2 Chronicles 18
5 And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Inquire first for the word of the Lord.” 6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall I go to battle against Ramoth-gilead, or shall I refrain?” And they said, “Go up, for the Lord will give it into the hand of the king.” 7 But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not here another prophet of the Lord of whom we may inquire?” 8 And 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.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say so.”
13 And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, “Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.” 14 But Micaiah said, “As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that I will speak.” 15 And when he had come to the king, the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we refrain?” And he answered him, “Go up and triumph; the Lord will give it into the hand of the king.” 16 But the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord?” 17 And he said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master; let each return to his home in peace.’” 18 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?”
26 And the king of Israel said, “Seize Micaiah, and take him back to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king's son, 27 and say, ‘Thus says the king, “Put this fellow in prison and feed him meager rations of bread and water, until I come in peace.”’” 28 And Micaiah said, “If you return in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Hear, all you peoples!”
1 Kings 22:5-8, 13-18 & 26-28
Prophecy of Micaiah
Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah, and Ahab, the King of Israel, made a treaty together and joined their armies to fight against Syria. Jehoshaphat served the Lord and asked Ahab to consult the Lord concerning the battle. Being servants of Ahab, the prophets that Ahab brought out spoke of great victories in battle, but Jehoshaphat said, "Is there a prophet here who fears the Lord?"
Look at Ahab's answer, “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.”
This reminds me of a passage in 2 Timothy 4:3-4, For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
What kind of Bible do the ungodly want to hear? What happens to Christians when they wander away from the Lord in sin? The ungodly want a Bible that will make them feel good about themselves; they will not endure sound Bible teaching. Even Christians who have wandered away from the Lord will often turn away from the truth and wander off into false teaching.
Ahab was a man who lived life according to his own passions; he did not fear the Lord. Therefore, he did not want to hear the truth spoken by his prophets. Poor Micaiah! He was in a lose, lose situation. He must speak the truth because he feared the Lord, but he knew it would bring about the king's wrath.
For the true believer, there is no fear of what the Bible teaches. The more understanding we gain from the Word of God, the more we love God and desire to fellowship with Him. In the day we live, however, people have itching ears; they do not want to hear about the justice of God, but only the love of God.
We must be careful that we do not fall into the same trap. Read the Word daily; take time to pray and fellowship with the Lord. Learn the truths about the nature of God, both of His love and His justice. Pray that God would make you faithful when times come that you must make an unpopular stand for the Lord; pray that your words would be like the faithful prophecy of Micaiah, even if it costs you your life.
Those are hard words, but we are entering a time when it is going to be more and more common for Christians to suffer for their faith. But, we have a kingdom waiting for us that will endure forever!
God Bless You,
All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.