A Wasted Life

Posted: May 13, 2010 in 1 Kings, Uncategorized

1 Kings 21-22, “A Wasted Life”
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What do you do with someone who just won’t listen? You may have a situation that you try to explain 10 ways from Sunday, but they just won’t hear you out – won’t act on anything. Likely every parent has experienced this a time or two. 🙂 Maybe you’ve tried sharing the gospel with someone over & over again, but they just refuse to listen. Maybe you have a friend or co-worker that simply won’t budge on a situation that you know is going to cause them pain. What do you do? Aside from prayer – sometimes you can’t do anything. Sometimes they have to experience the consequences as they waste time…and perhaps even their life as they ignore the clear work & mercy of God.

We find a similar situation with King Ahab of Israel. This is one of the most evil, despicable kings in all the history of the Northern Kingdom. Scripture tells us he did more evil than ALL the kings who came before him. Even though his reign was materially prosperous, it was ultimately spiritually bankrupt. Yet over & over again, God kept reaching out to Ahab, showing miraculous demonstrations of His power (usually through Elijah) to show Ahab what it means to truly fear the Lord. Sadly, Ahab refused to respond to God all his life – and with the exception of one incident (that we’ll see tonight) – Ahab refused to repent, and put all of God’s merciful demonstrations & opportunities of grace to waste. On one hand, we can look at the death of evil King Ahab & cheer as we see justice done. On the other hand, we look at the life of King Ahab with sadness & regret, wondering what could have happened in his reign if he had merely submitted himself to the grace of God…and we think, “what a waste!”

1 Kings 21 (NKJV)
1 And it came to pass after these things that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard which was in Jezreel, next to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2 So Ahab spoke to Naboth, saying, “Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near, next to my house; and for it I will give you a vineyard better than it. Or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its worth in money.” 3 But Naboth said to Ahab, “The LORD forbid that I should give the inheritance of my fathers to you!”

A. At 1st glance, this may seem like a typical business transaction & we may wonder why Naboth reacted the way he did. According to the law, Naboth reacted precisely correct. The land was not to be sold… [Daughters of Zelophehad – Num 27, 36]

B. “It’s just a vegetable garden. What’s the big deal?” The big deal is that the land was given to Naboth’s family by the Lord God Himself… … It may seem to be a small matter, but how we act in the small things goes a long way to determining how we will act in the larger things. …
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4 So Ahab went into his house sullen and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him; for he had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.” And he lay down on his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no food. 5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said to him, “Why is your spirit so sullen that you eat no food?” 6 He said to her, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite, and said to him, ‘Give me your vineyard for money; or else, if it pleases you, I will give you another vineyard for it.’ And he answered, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’ ”

A. What a spoiled brat…
B. This is the essence of the 10th Commandment & why coveting is so wrong… Instead of rejoicing in what God had already given him, Ahab was (literally) obsessed with what he did not have. … “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Tim 6:6)
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7 Then Jezebel his wife said to him, “You now exercise authority over Israel! Arise, eat food, and let your heart be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”

A. Two big problems here: (1) It wasn’t Jezebel’s to give…which means she’s going to have to do something diabolical to get it. (2) She assumes that the king is above the law…
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8 And she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters to the elders and the nobles who were dwelling in the city with Naboth. 9 She wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and seat Naboth with high honor among the people; 10 and seat two men, scoundrels, before him to bear witness against him, saying, You have blasphemed God and the king. Then take him out, and stone him, that he may die. 11 So the men of his city, the elders and nobles who were inhabitants of his city, did as Jezebel had sent to them, as it was written in the letters which she had sent to them. 12 They proclaimed a fast, and seated Naboth with high honor among the people. 13 And two men, scoundrels, came in and sat before him; and the scoundrels witnessed against him, against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, “Naboth has blasphemed God and the king!” Then they took him outside the city and stoned him with stones, so that he died.

A. Jezebel pulled a bait & switch on Naboth. Set him up in a place of “honor” just so that he’d be in front of a public audience, and then planted some false witnesses in the crowd to lie about him. Breaks the 9th Commandment & the 6th Commandment in the process as the crowd turned on Naboth & stoned him to death.
__a. Lying is the obvious normal application of the 9th Commandment, but here we see it in its most basic literal application: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” (Exo 20:16) To specifically tell a lie about someone else goes straight to the heart of what God forbade us from doing. This would include perjury in court, but also slander & untrue rumors/gossip.
__b. We need to be very careful how we use our tongues. “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity…” (Jas 3:6)

B. In essence, this is the same tactic the Pharisees pulled with Jesus during His mock trial. They couldn’t get two witnesses to agree, so they had to make up some false charges (Matt 26:60-61) that misquoted what Jesus said about the destruction of His bodily temple & the resurrection…
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14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, “Naboth has been stoned and is dead.” 15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, “Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money; for Naboth is not alive, but dead.” 16 So it was, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab got up and went down to take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.

A. Breaking the 8th Commandment. Technically, even though Naboth was dead, it still belonged to Naboth’s surviving relatives. It’s possible that Naboth’s sons were killed off as well (2 Chr 9:26). In any case, Ahab’s confiscation of the land was clearly illegal & a grievous sin in the eyes of God.
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17 Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 18 “Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who lives in Samaria. There he is, in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone down to take possession of it. 19 You shall speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Have you murdered and also taken possession?” ’ And you shall speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, dogs shall lick your blood, even yours.” ’ ”

A. Ahab & Jezebel may have committed a conspiracy far away from wherever Elijah was located at the time, but what they did could never be hid from the Lord God. God is absolutely omniscient…

B. Appropriate punishment for the crime. There’s actually more to come, which Elijah will tell Ahab about face-to-face. “Seems like a rather violent form of justice?!” The actions done to Naboth were certainly violent. The God we serve is absolutely just & righteous – the judgment He gives is always appropriate to the crime. (Which tells us a lot about the appropriateness of Hell…)
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20 So Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” [How sad is it when a man of God is considered your enemy?!] And he answered, “I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do evil in the sight of the LORD: 21 ‘Behold, I will bring calamity on you. I will take away your posterity, and will cut off from Ahab every male in Israel, both bond and free. 22 I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, because of the provocation with which you have provoked Me to anger, and made Israel sin.’ 23 And concerning Jezebel the LORD also spoke, saying, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’ 24 The dogs shall eat whoever belongs to Ahab and dies in the city, and the birds of the air shall eat whoever dies in the field.”

A. Note that Ahab’s crime involved all Israel. Whether it was leading the people into idolatry, or manipulating the people to stone Naboth, Ahab caused the people to sin in eyes of the Lord. As the leader of God’s people, Ahab’s primary responsibility was to lead the people in serving God in righteousness; for all his reign, Ahab did exactly the opposite.

B. The result? Any dynasty Ahab looked towards would be forfeit – Ahab’s own children would be destroyed – Jezebel would be dealt with…
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25 But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up. 26 And he behaved very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.

A. Reminder that Ahab’s sins were far more than just the murder of Naboth. Ahab had started off his reign by breaking the 1st & 2nd Commandments & had continued it all his life, despite being shown (repeatedly) the power & presence of the One True God…

B. Keep in mind that God had never stopped reaching out to Ahab. At the moment of Ahab’s deepest distress when being faced by the Syrian army that was bigger & stronger than Israel, Ahab had nowhere to turn – and it was at that moment that God sent prophets to declare the victory in battle…specifically saying to Ahab, “you shall know that I am the Lord.” (1 Kings 20:13). God had left no doubt of His power during the 3 year drought. God had left no doubt of His supremacy when humiliating the prophets of Baal. And repeatedly, Ahab ignored it all.
__a. How many people do you know like that? Maybe you’re one of them.
__b. This time, Ahab gets it. At least a bit…see vs. 27.
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27 So it was, when Ahab heard those words, that he tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his body, and fasted and lay in sackcloth, and went about mourning. 28 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 29 “See how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the calamity in his days. In the days of his son I will bring the calamity on his house.”

A. Repentance…at least partially. Ahab showed contrition for his past sins of murder, false witness & theft. Yet he never showed repentance for past sins of idolatry & other wickedness. He stopped doing some things that were bad, but never proceeded to do other things that were good. …
__a. Being sorry is part of repentance. But true repentance isn’t merely being sorry; it’s a change of mind & direction. Stopping the action & truly changing one’s heart is a sign of God-honoring repentance. David understood this & wrote of it after his sin with Uriah & Bathsheba – Psalm 51:16-17 (16) For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. (17) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise. []
__b. Some people make a show of being sorry – but that’s not what it’s about. It’s about true heart change. Otherwise we’re just wasting time.

B. What incredible mercy God is showing Ahab! The judgment will still come, but God is delaying part of His righteous judgment until Ahab dies. … Makes one wonder what God would have done if Ahab had fully repented of his idolatry & the rest to turn & worship God alone. [] As it is, Ahab takes this opportunity for mercy & wastes it. See ch 22…
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1 Kings 22 (NKJV)
1 Now three years passed without war between Syria and Israel. 2 Then it came to pass, in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went down to visit the king of Israel. 3 And the king of Israel said to his servants, “Do you know that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, but we hesitate to take it out of the hand of the king of Syria?” 4 So he said to Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to fight at Ramoth Gilead?” Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”

A. Why did Ahab want to go to war with Syria? He had made a treaty with Ben-Hadad back in Ch 20, but it seems that Ben-Hadad didn’t fill his end of the bargain by restoring all the lands he had taken back to Israel. Ahab decides he’s waited long enough & wants to take Ramoth Gilead back by force.

B. By this point, Israel & Judah were allied together (as we’ll see at the end of Ch 22) – Jehoshaphat jumped at the chance to help. 🙂
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5 Also Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire for the word of the LORD today.” 6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall I go against Ramoth Gilead to fight, or shall I refrain?” So they said, “Go up, for the Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king.” 7 And Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not still a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of Him?”

A. Jehoshaphat calls for the right thing to do: before heading off into battle, the king was wise to inquire of the Lord 1st, to see what the Lord would have them do. Ahab gathers some prophets – but there’s no indication that they were actually prophets of God. (Prophets of whom? There’s no telling…)

B. It’s not a matter of getting ‘spiritual’ advice or general worldly wisdom; Jehoshaphat understood the need for a true prophet. There’s no substitute for the word of God. …
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8 So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD; but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say such things!”

A. How do we know Ahab wasted his opportunity for mercy? Because he still despised the word of the Lord. …

B. We need everything the Lord has to say to us. Every word of God…both the parts we love to hear & memorize, and also the parts that make us tremble. We don’t like to hear that “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Tim 3:12), but we need to know it in order that we would be prepared. We don’t necessarily like to hear, “God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal 6:7), but we need to know the difference between sowing to our flesh & sowing to the Spirit. … God doesn’t give us these words (and more) in order that we would groan & complain, but rather that we would know HIM more & know His character & what He expects from us. He tells us these things out of love! … So knowing that, let us rejoice in every word that proceeds from the mouth of God!
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9 Then the king of Israel called an officer and said, “Bring Micaiah the son of Imlah quickly!” 10 The king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, having put on their robes, sat each on his throne, at a threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them. 11 Now Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made horns of iron for himself; and he said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘With these you shall gore the Syrians until they are destroyed.’ ” 12 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, “Go up to Ramoth Gilead and prosper, for the LORD will deliver it into the king’s hand.”

A. Big show – lots of props – probably pretty visually impressive. Too bad it was all a lie. … A fancy show doesn’t mean it’s from the Lord.

B. Notice Zedekiah even uses the covenant name of God (“LORD”). Just because someone SAYS they’re giving you a word from God doesn’t mean that it actually IS one.
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13 Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, “Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Please, let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak encouragement.” 14 And Micaiah said, “As the LORD lives, whatever the LORD says to me, that I will speak.”

A. Absolutely the right attitude. Don’t alter the word of God; don’t go beyond the word of God… (Even the pagan prophet Balaam got this much right!)
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15 Then he came to the king; and the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall we refrain?” And he answered him, “Go and prosper, for the LORD will deliver it into the hand of the king!” 16 So the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?” 17 Then 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 house in peace.’ ” 18 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?”

A. Interesting that Micaiah did exactly what he said he wouldn’t do, but that even Ahab knew he was being fed a line… Some commentators believe Micaiah is using sarcasm.

B. Prophesied of Ahab’s death (which Ahab didn’t appreciate).
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19 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left. 20 And the LORD said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner. 21 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ 22 The LORD said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the LORD said, ‘You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.’ 23 Therefore look! The LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, and the LORD has declared disaster against you.”

A. Interesting insight to the throne room of God. Not unlike at the beginning of Job… Micaiah explains all the false prophecy as being allowed from the Lord to draw Ahab into battle & to his death…it’s all a demonic lie allowed by God.

B. “Is God lying here?!” No. God does not lie – ever. Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? [] However, God can USE lies others tell for His glory & for His perfect will.

C. Question: how can we tell today whether or not someone tells us the truth regarding God? We may not necessarily see prophets with lying spirits placed in their mouths by the Lord – but we certainly see people lying in the name of God all the time (or at least speaking in delusion). How can we know for sure what is true? Simple: take it back to the already revealed word of God in the Scripture…
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24 Now Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near and struck Micaiah on the cheek, and said, “Which way did the spirit from the LORD go from me to speak to you?” 25 And Micaiah said, “Indeed, you shall see on that day when you go into an inner chamber to hide!”

A. Mocking Micaiah… Not unlike how Jesus was treated… (Luke 22:64)
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26 So the king of Israel said, “Take Micaiah, and return him 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 with bread of affliction and water of affliction, until I come in peace.” ’ ” 28 But Micaiah said, “If you ever return in peace, the LORD has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Take heed, all you people!”

A. Micaiah is absolutely correct. The test of prophecy (if proven to be Biblically supported) is whether or not the prophecy actually comes true. Ahab had been prophesied to die in battle – if he returned to let Micaiah out of prison, Micaiah ought to be released only for execution as a false prophet. …
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29 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead. 30 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will disguise myself and go into battle; but you put on your robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle. 31 Now the king of Syria had commanded the thirty-two captains of his chariots, saying, “Fight with no one small or great, but only with the king of Israel.” 32 So it was, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, “Surely it is the king of Israel!” Therefore they turned aside to fight against him, and Jehoshaphat cried out. 33 And it happened, when the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him.

A. Ahab’s not exactly the picture of courage here. Afraid of the prophecy against him, he disguises himself & sends out Jehoshaphat as the only one on the battlefield dressed as a king. Ahab figured they’d kill Jeho 1st & he’d escape.

B. The problem with that logic (beside the cowardice) is that Ahab ultimately wasn’t trying to outwit the Syrians, he was trying to outwit God. And that cannot be done. God won’t be fooled… []
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34 Now a certain man drew a bow at random, and struck the king of Israel between the joints of his armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn around and take me out of the battle, for I am wounded.” 35 The battle increased that day; and the king was propped up in his chariot, facing the Syrians, and died at evening. The blood ran out from the wound onto the floor of the chariot.

A. No doubt about Divine judgment here. A “random” arrow just happens to hit the right person at just the right spot in his armor to kill him. …
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36 Then, as the sun was going down, a shout went throughout the army, saying, “Every man to his city, and every man to his own country!” 37 So the king died, and was brought to Samaria. And they buried the king in Samaria. 38 Then someone washed the chariot at a pool in Samaria, and the dogs licked up his blood while the harlots bathed, according to the word of the LORD which He had spoken. 39 Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, the ivory house which he built and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 40 So Ahab rested with his fathers. Then Ahaziah his son reigned in his place.

A. Absolutely true to prophecy. The people were sent home without a king & dogs licked up the blood of Ahab. The location for Ahab’s death differed from the original prophecy, but that was God’s mercy extended to him due to Ahab’s repentance. The verbatim prophecy comes true at the expense of Ahab’s sons (2 Kings 9-10).

B. God’s prophecies ALWAYS come true. We’ve seen it with Ahab – we’ve seen it with many of the kings – we’ve seen it in world events as shown in Isaiah & Daniel – we’ve see it in the Messianic prophecies regarding the 1st coming of Christ. This tells us we can be assured every prophecy regarding the rapture, His 2nd coming, and the judgment will also come true. God’s word is God’s word! …
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41 Jehoshaphat the son of Asa had become king over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel. 42 Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 43 And he walked in all the ways of his father Asa. He did not turn aside from them, doing what was right in the eyes of the LORD. Nevertheless the high places were not taken away, for the people offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.

A. Narrative turns from Israel back to Judah & the reign of Jehoshaphat. He was a relatively good king…

B. The only thing Jehoshaphat left undone was to take out the high places (which was not uncommon for the kings). Apparently at one point he did remove at least some of them (2 Chr 17:6), but they were rebuilt & not removed a 2nd time. “What’s wrong with the high places? People seemed to worship God there.” Right – but they weren’t supposed to. Two main reasons:
__a. The law gave very specific instruction on how God’s people were to approach Him in worship, and one of His instructions was for the people to come to the Tabernacle or Temple. Why? God is holy & we must worship Him in His way through the method He proscribes. Seen today through Jesus Christ – the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)…
__b. The high places were commonly used for pagan sacrifices as much as Godly sacrifices. These places were temptations to compromise & we are to worship God without compromise. …
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44 Also Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel. 45 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, the might that he showed, and how he made war, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 46 And the rest of the perverted persons, who remained in the days of his father Asa, he banished from the land.

A. “perverted persons” probably a reference to male cultic prostitutes. Jeho got rid of them.
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47 There was then no king in Edom, only a deputy of the king. 48 Jehoshaphat made merchant ships to go to Ophir for gold; but they never sailed, for the ships were wrecked at Ezion Geber. 49 Then Ahaziah the son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “Let my servants go with your servants in the ships.” But Jehoshaphat would not. 50 And Jehoshaphat rested with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the City of David his father. Then Jehoram his son reigned in his place.

A. Interesting that he didn’t let Ahaziah go with him. This wasn’t so much a matter of a lack of trust, rather than obedience to God. Jehoshaphat’s major flaw as king (though he was a good king) was that he made alliances with ungodly people. Scripture tells us that God was the one who actually destroyed the ships (2 Chr 20:37), for this very reason. Jehoshaphat wasn’t going to let that lesson go to waste & start a new partnership from scratch.
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51 Ahaziah the son of Ahab became king over Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years over Israel. 52 He did evil in the sight of the LORD, and 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 had made Israel sin; 53 for he served Baal and worshiped him, and provoked the LORD God of Israel to anger, according to all that his father had done.

A. Whereas Jeho was faithful to the Lord as his father Asa was, Ahaziah was unfaithful as his father Ahab was. (Parents set the example!) Continues to break the 1st Commandment…
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Conclusion:
What a wasted life! Ahab had been given every opportunity to repent – he had been shown mercy after mercy. Even after committing murder, God still reached out to him with his word. And how did Ahab respond? With the barest show of any repentance at all…Ahab was sorry for the consequences; not for the actual sin that brought him to the point of consequence. In the end, he was still Divinely judged, and the dogs licked up his blood.

How many times have you heard something along the lines of: “If there were only real proof of God, THEN I’d follow Jesus…” “All I need is some visible sign…” “If God would just do XYZ for me…” Here’s the sad truth: even if God did all that some people demand of Him, they STILL wouldn’t put their faith & trust in Him. Ahab saw incredible miracles – fire fall from heaven – unbelievable military victory. God repeatedly gave Ahab opportunities to turn away from idols, and Ahab (while even knowing everything God said was true) refused to the end. What a waste of a life.

Don’t waste your life! Maybe some of you are here today playing church. You need to know that God isn’t fooled. He knows exactly what you’ve done & exactly what the state of your heart is. You can’t hide from Him & you’re not going to be able to fool Him. He’s given you THIS opportunity today to turn to Jesus Christ to be saved – don’t waste it!

Others of you may be here today as believers, but wasting opportunity after opportunity God gives you to turn away from the flesh & walk in the Spirit. Stop wasting time! Do what needs to be done to truly repent. Or do what needs to be done to truly trust God & His word. Make that decision (again – as many times as needed) to surrender your will to the will of Christ & make the most of the time He gives you in order to bring glory to Him.

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