Micaiah and a God-Aimed Arrow
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
There is the ever-present temptation when we come to the record given in 1 and 2 Kings to emphasize some phase of the life of Elijah. He dominates this era, and his life is rich in interest and in spiritual content. However, there is another prophet who is as little-known as Elijah is well-known. You may not be acquainted with him at all. I want to say this for him: He's in the major league with Elijah. Although he may not be as well-known as Elijah, he hit just as many home runs for God as Elijah did.
The difficulty with the prophet we are looking at is that every time he preached a sermon he was put in jail! The reason they put him in jail is that he happened to be the one man standing for God in the courts of Ahab, and what he said was always unfavorable to Ahab. As you know, a great many people do not like to have anything said that is unfavorable to them, and that was true of Ahab, king of Israel.
You will recall in the history of Israel the glorious reign of Solomon; but it concluded with the warning given to him that the kingdom was to be divided. Well, it was divided and there were ten tribes in the north and the one tribe, Judah (with little Benjamin), in the south. Israel and Judah were to walk their separate ways, but both were to go finally into captivity.
The very interesting thing is that at this particular moment in history we have Ahab, the king of Israel, in the north. He's the worst king they ever had - probably the worst king that any kingdom ever had. In contrast, we have in the south Jehoshaphat, king of Judah; and he is one of the very best kings they ever had. Normally these two kingdoms would have been farther apart than they ever were in their history, but at this time they were more closely allied. It was an abnormal alliance; it was an unnatural confederacy. The fraternizing of these two kings who were mutual antipathies seemed strange indeed.
The explanation is not difficult to ...
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