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Sabbath blessings! The sad history of King Ahab’s continued disobedience and stubbornness even in the face of the miraculous display of God’s power at Mount Carmel is incredible.
The unfortunate union of King Ahab’s daughter to King Jehoshaphat’s son resulted in friendly relations between the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. While visiting the "relatives" in Samaria, Judah’s King Jehoshaphat was persuaded to unite with Israel in battle against the King of Syria who had reneged on a promise to return Ramoth-Gilead to Israel.
Although King Jehoshaphat rashly committed to this venture, he still wanted to know God’s will. King Ahab summoned 400 prophets who persuaded him to, "Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king." Unsatisfied, Jehoshaphat enquired if there was a prophet of the Lord in the land. Reluctantly, Ahab called for the Prophet Micaiah who prophesied that he saw Israel as sheep without a shepherd. But Ahab wasn’t deterred. Fearing that the prophecy might come true, Ahab disguised himself and entered the battle, but threw Jehoshaphat "under the bus" by encouraging him to wear his kingly attire. Ahab knew that the King of Syria would be looking for one of royal personage. When the Syrians saw King Jehoshaphat, they immediately pursued him, but when they perceived that he was
not the King of Israel, they turned away. But Ahab, though disguised, was unknowingly fatally wounded by a Syrian bowman. How a seemingly inconsequential act changed the course of history! If Ahab had only believed God’s prophet! This amazing story can be found in I Kings 22.
Berean, we must keep our youth in a learning environment where they will be taught the egregious consequences of disobedience and stubbornness. Let’s continue to support Christian education by placing our love gifts in the baskets that are brought to us by the children at Offering time or in a tithe envelope (indicate the amount on the Education/Scholarship line).