SUMMARY OF 1 KINGS 22:1-28
There was peace between Aram and Israel for three years until Jehoshaphat king of Judah went to see the king of Israel, Ahab. Israel and Judah looked to make an alliance to take Ramoth Gilead back, but Jesoshaphat requested to inquire of the Lord first. The only prophet left was Micaiah whom Ahab did not like because he prophesied against him. All of the other prophets said to go to war and Micaiah was urged to agree. However, Micaiah refused, saying he could only say what the Lord had told him.
When Micaiah arrived when summoned for his inquiry unto the Lord, he told them that the Lord would entice them to go to war against Ramoth Gilead, but the war will be a disaster for them and that their leader would die. Zedekiah slapped Micaiah in the face, and he was ordered back to Amon to go to prison with nothing but bread and water till Ahab returns safely.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 6, Day 2: 1 Kings 22:1-28
3) Jehoshaphat allied himself with Ahab via marriage. Jesoshaphat would join Ahab in the war after seeking the Lord’s counsel.
4a) Both ignored what Micaiah said and went to war anyway.
b) He only wanted to hear the good prophecies for him, not the bad.
c) Ahab only wants to hear what he wants to hear from Micaiah. He gets angry at God’s messenger rather than himself who disobedyed God to bring this upon him.
5) Unsure here. I think I’m following all of His promptings, but it’s so hard to tell.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 6, Day 2: 1 Kings 22:1-28
It’s fascinating how the two kings are working together when they were enemies before. Power and political advantage are strange things.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 6, Day 2: 1 Kings 22:1-28
King Ahab asked King Jehoshapat to ally with him against Syria. Ramoth-Gilead was only 40 miles from Jerusalem, the capital of Judah.
Jehoshaphat only picked prophets that told him what he wanted to hear. Knowing this Jehoshapat wanted to hear from a prophet of the Lord.
The two rulers sat at the gate of Samaria, which was a traditional place to make decisions. The unfaithful prophets all said what the king of Israel wanted to hear.
Apparently, Micaiah was already in prison (1 Kings 22:26). The assistants to King Ahab tried to persuade Micaiah to repeat the words of the 400 other prophets, but Micaiah refused. Ahab hated anyone who opposed him. Micaiah mocks the other prophets by repeated what they had said, and then tells the truth when prompted by Ahab.
On the right side of God sits the host of heaven on the left sits fallen angels. A fallen angel would lead Ahab into battle. Ahab would pay with his life for his fallen leadership, while Israel paid for following false gods.
Micaiah was met with violence upon this news and anger. Yet, God’s plans never fail.
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