September 30, Reading 1 – 1 Kings 22

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SAA Notes

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!

SJA Notes

“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 perception.

Verse 20 onwards show us the discourse before the throne of God.

A spirit comes and says,

“I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.”

And so here is the behind-the-scenes glimpse of how things work.

The prophets telling Ahab (and Jehoshaphat) that they would conquer and triumph against the Syrians were false. False prophets.

And the Lord has His hand in this,

“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 and work through.

But we need to wrestle with them.

God does not lie (Numbers 23:19), He is the God of truth (John 14:6, John 16:13).

The devil is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).

In these events God is completely sovereign. The lying spirit could not do a thing with the Lord commanding it (not simply a passive allowing).

It is good for us to be given these glimpses. We are not living solely in a physical world. The heavenly realities are real!

* God Above,

We sometimes struggle to understand Your word.

Please open the eyes and ears of our hearts to know what You have for us today. A little quiet word, a big profound mystery unravelled.

Whatever it is, whatever portion, Lord please show us Your word today. Write it on our hearts.

Because whatever You have in store for us, whatever part, it is all life for us! Your laws, Your commands, Your testimonies and precepts and rules.

Amen.

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