June 09, 2012

161 - Jehoshaphat and Ahab.

Kathleen's thoughts

1 Kings 20:22-43,21:1-29,22:1-12
2 Chronicles 18: 2-3

The Syrians again are defeated - The man of God approached and said to the king of Israel, This is what the Lord says; Because the Arameans have said: The Lord is a god of the mountains and not a god of the valleys, I will hand over this entire immense horde to you. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

Ahab makes peace with Ben-hadad.

Ahabs Sentence... The prophet said to him. This is what the Lord says; Because you released from you hand the man I had devoted to destruction, it will be your life in place of his life and your people in place of his people. The king of Israel left for home resentful and angry and he entered Samaria.

Ahab and Naboth... Ahab wants the vineyard which is Naboth's inheritance and he refuses Ahab. Ahab's wife Jezebel organizes the death  of Naboth by getting two wicked men opposite him and have them testify against him, saying, "You have cursed God and king!" then take him out and stone him to death. This is what happened to Naboth.

Jezebel tells Ahab and Ahab goes to the vineyard of Naboth

Elijah announces doom...The Lord speaks to Elijah and tells him to go to Naboths vineyard and he will find Ahab there. I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat and like the house of Baasha son of Elijah, because you have provoked My anger and caused Israel to sin. The Lord also speaks of Jezebel; The dogs will eat Jezebel in the plot of land at Jezreel;
He who belongs to Ahab and dies in the city the dogs will eat. and he who dies in the field the birds of the sky will eat.
Ahab repents , the word of the Lord came to Elijah Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? I will not bring the disaster during his lifetime because he has humbled himself before Me. I will bring the disaster on his house during his sons' lifetime.
Jehoshaphat joins Ahab to war against king of Aram but before this takes place Jehoshaphat wants assurance from the Yahweh!. You can see here that Jehoshaphat walks in righteousness and keeps his eyes on the Lord and not on man.


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