The death of Ahab is placed with his rejection of the Word of God through God’s prophet Micaiah. Jehoshaphat was a godly person. He foolishly allied himself with Ahab through the marriage of his heir. Jehoshaphat’s foolishness had devastating consequences for his family!
“Who will entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?”
This passage gives us a fascinating glimpse into heavenly politics, the spiritual happenings that occur outside of our sphere.
There is discourse before the throne of God (v20).
And importantly, v22, the spirit that comes says, “I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.”
And so we get the behind-our-understanding glimpse of how things work.
These prophets telling Ahab (and Jehoshaphat) that they would conquer and triumph against the Syrians were false. False prophets.
And the Lord works this event, v23, “Now therefore behold, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets;”
These can be difficult truths to process, hard to understand from our framework.
But we need to wrestle with them.
In this reading, these events, God is completely sovereign. The lying spirit could not do a thing without the Lord commanding it.
It’s good for us to be given these glimpses. We are not living solely in a physical world. The heavenly realities are real!