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

“Thus says the LORD, ‘Because the Syrians have said, “The LORD is a god of the hills but he is not a god of the valleys,” therefore I will give all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.'”

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 still angers Him when it is unbelievers.

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

What kind of heart for the lost do we have?

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 are our hearts longing to see those around us saved?

This passage is a convicting hard word to us – Are we praying our heart-felt desire to see the lost saved?

Real, hard-won, hard-fought, hard-wrestled prayer. Casting our cares on our loving heavenly Father, beseeching Him for the saving of our dear ones, our family and friends, our neighbours and work-mates, and outwards.

We can be encouraged in Paul’s witness to King Agrippa of what Jesus spoke to Him, as we think about praying for those around us who are living in unbelief,

“… To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”

* God Almighty,

Please save those around us!

Please bring them from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light.

Please open their eyes to see You, Your love and grace and mercy.

Please change their hearts, breathing new life into dry bones.

Please plant the seed, Your word, and may they be good soil, the gospel growing in them and bearing much fruit!

Amen.

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