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

* God in Heaven, we Your servants praise Your Name! Blessed be Your Name, from this time forth and forevermore!

“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 them all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.'”

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

God does not tolerate it from His people.

Here we see that it angers Him as well when it is unbelievers (people created by Him).

How said 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, if the world around us is full of all the different ways to say “get lost” to God – Are our hearts longing to see those around us saved?

What is our prayer as we wrestle with this?

Real, hard-won, hard-fought, hard-wrestled prayer.

Casting our cares on our loving Heavenly Father – Our cares being in part the saving of our dear ones, our family and friends, our neighbours and work-makes, and outwards.

As Paul witnessed to King Agrippa, the driver in our prayers for the lost,

“… 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 Above,

Please save those around us!

Please change their hearts, breathe life into dry bones, open their eyes to see You.

Please grow us all Lord, toward You – Your word in us, deeply and powerfully at work.


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