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The Wisest Fool (9 of 16)
Micaiah-In Prison for Conscience' Sake
Clarence E. Macartney
1 Kings 22:8
We all have that "one man" within our breast, and the
natural man hates him, just as Ahab, the king of
Israel, hated Micaiah, the fearless prophet of the
Jehoshaphat, the good king of Judah, had gone down to
visit Ahab, the wicked king of Israel, at Samaria.
Ahab gave him a great reception and banquet and killed
sheep and oxen for him in abundance and for the people
that were with him. At this banquet Ahab proposed to
Jehoshaphat that they go up and attack the stronghold
of Ramoth-gilead, which was still occupied by their
inveterate enemies the Syrians. Flattered with the
honors paid him by Ahab, Jehoshaphat, whose
inclinations generally were Godward, but who on more
than one occasion was led astray by wrong
associations, said to Ahab that he would go with him
on this expedition: "I am as thou art, my people as
thy people, my horses as thy horses." In other words,
Jehoshaphat pledged all the resources of his kingdom
to this war against Ramoth-gilead and Syria.
But Jehoshaphat, who was a godly man, did not wish to
start upon such an expedition without first inquiring
of the Lord. So he said to Ahab, "Inquire, I pray
thee, at the word of the Lord." In answer to this the
king of Israel gathered together four hundred of his
prophets, or so-called prophets, all of whom made it
their business, not to declare the word of the Lord,
but to tell Ahab to do whatever he wanted to do. These
four hundred prophets appeared in the throneroom of
Ahab's ivory palace at Samaria. The two kings were
seated on two thrones, each one of them resplendent
with his crown upon his head and crimson and purple
robes upon his body. The king of Israel then inquired
of the four hundred, saying, "Shall I go against
Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear?" With one
voice these false prophets said, "Go up; for the ...
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