Prophetic intervention

Scripture reading for April 8: 1st Kings 20-22

God places us in a family so that we might learn from parents who are older and wiser.  God may also place a mate in our life. A mate may be a great blessing or lead us astray.  God also sends people to us who will speak the Word of God into our lives.  The Old Testament called them prophets.  They were sent to give warning, direction, and advice for living God’s way.  Heeding their word would result in a victorious life; rejecting their word brought trouble and defeat. Ahab had a pagan wife, Jezebel, who led him astray. Ahab’s attitude made prophetic intervention necessary since he was not following God fully.

1 Kings 20:28 “And a man of God came near and said to the king of Israel, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because the Syrians have said, “The Lord is a god of the hills but He is not a god of the valleys,” therefore I will give all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord.””

In the course of time, God sent another prophet to Ahab with instructions on how to defeat his enemy Ben-Hadad, king of Aram.  (1st Kings 20:13)  God worked a miracle and the enemy was defeated but Ben-Hadad escaped.  God sent another prophet to speak to Ahab a word of action.  (1st Kings 20:28)  Ahab spared Ben-Hadad’s life and made a treaty with him. God sent another prophet to pronounce judgment.

(1 Kings 20:42-43) “And he said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have let go out of your hand the man whom I had devoted to destruction, therefore your life shall be for his life, and your people for his people.'” And the king of Israel went to his house vexed and sullen and came to Samaria.”

Ahab responded with anger and sulking!  Out of this attitude, Ahab coveted a neighbor’s vineyard to built a garden for himself.  The neighbor, Naboth, refused to sell or trade the family property.  Jezebel, his wife, promptly set in motion a plan to get the vineyard through lies and manipulation.  Naboth was killed and the vineyard is secured for Ahab.  Elijah the prophet pronounced their deaths.

Why do you think God sent all this prophetic intervention and correction?  Why was God so gracious and long-suffering with this king and his wife?  Has God ever given you prophetic instruction or warnings?

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