1 Kings – Chapter 22

1 King chapter 22

Promise of Victory by the False Prophets
Verses 4, 5 – Jehoshaphat’s words in these verses reflect the two different roles he was playing. In verse 4, his words show that he was a faithful vassal of Ahab, but in verse 5 Jehoshaphat, the pious king of Judah, wanted to consult a legitimate prophet of Yahweh.
Verse 6 – These 400 prophets may have been the 400 Asherah priests left alive by Elijah at Carmel, although 450 prophets of Baal were killed.
Verses 11, 12 – These false prophets gave Ahab the message he wanted to hear.
Verses 15, 16 – Why did Micaiah tell Ahab to attack when he had previously vowed to speak only what God had told him? He might have been speaking sarcastically, making fun of the messages from the pagan prophets by showing that they were telling the king only what he wanted to hear. When confronted, he predicted that the king would die and the battle would be lost. Although Ahab repented temporarily (21:27), he still listened to the false prophets.
Verse 22 – The lying spirit symbolized the way of life for these prophets, who told the king only what he wanted to hear.
Verses 20-22 – God uses everything—both good and evil—for His good purpose (Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28). God does not entice anyone to become evil. Those committed to evil however, may be used by God to hurry their deserved judgment (Exodus 11:10).
Verse 29 – Ahab told Jehoshaphat that he would disguise himself, but Jehoshaphat was to wear his royal attire. In a battle, a king would never wear his royal attire. This would certainly draw a huge target on his life.
Verse 34 – It was foolish for Ahab to think he could escape God’s judgment wearing a disguise. God sees and evaluates the motives of each person.
Verse 35 – Just as the prophet had predicted (20:42), Ahab was killed. God accomplished what human cunning could neither bring about nor prevent by ordaining the flight of a randomly shot arrow.
Verse 43 – Just like his ancestors Solomon and Asa, Jehoshaphat followed God, but he didn’t remove the high places—the pagan shrines in the hills. He did rid the land of the male shrine prostitutes, which had remained after the reign of his father Asa though.
Verses 52, 53 – The book of 1 Kings began with a nation united under David, the most devout king in Israel’s history. The book ends with a divided kingdom and the death of the most evil, wicked king of all. What happened? The people forgot to acknowledge God as their ultimate leader; they appointed human leaders who ignored God; and then they conformed to the life-styles of these evil leaders. Occasional wrongdoing gradually turned into a way of life. Failing to recognize God as our ultimate leader is the first step toward ruin!

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