September 28, Reading 1 – 1 Kings 20

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SAA Notes

Ahab shows he is a Saul, and not a David. He would spare BenHadad, as Saul spared Agag. (1 Samuel 15) A great victory won by the Word of the Lord comes to nothing because of Ahab’s pride and conceit. The Lord is shown to be God of gods and Lord of lords. The hills and the valleys are both His!

SJA Notes

The Almighty God does not enjoy idolatry, running after false gods, believing in them.

He does not tolerate it from His people, and here we see that it angers Him even when it is unbelievers.

How sad it is that all around us are people who think their unbelief and resistance is a thick and powerful armor that will withstand the tides of eternity.

And then to, our own stubborn wills that seek to turn back to that kingdom of darkness.

To me this passage, two unbelieving kings, one who obeys God up to a point – It asks me what kind of heart I have for the lost.

If God’s wrath is coming, if He is angry about idolatry, and if the world around us is full of all different ways to say “get lost” to God – Then is my heart longing to see those around us saved?

And it’s prayer I reckon, because prayer is such an easy thing for most of us to think about (as opposed to say street preaching), but so so hard to actually put into practice.

Not just a quick “hey so please look in on my mate Tom Brown” – But real, hard-won, hard-fought, hard-wrestled prayer life. Daily, hourly, minutely – Casting our cares on our loving Father, beseeching Him for the saving of our dear ones, our family and friends, our neighbours, and outwards.

How does God help us as we pray to know how to show and tell Jesus?

John 14 v16-17 says, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”

Praise God for His Holy Spirit, our great supernatural helper!

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