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 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.

God does not lie (Num 23 v19). The devil is a liar and the father of lies (John 8 v44).

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!

September 29, Reading 1 – 1 Kings 21


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Ahab’s repentance after the Naboth’s vineyard episode has a slight parallel with David’s repentance. An Ahab needs more than repentance; he needs a Saviour who can redeem him by grace. Repentance, by itself, cannot bring me forgiveness and eternal life. It is forgiveness in the blood of Christ. Jesus had to come!

SJA Notes

It is a sad thing that Ahab, well Jezebel, took Naboth’s inheritance.

Naboth put great stock in the inheritance of his father’s, the vineyard.

You wonder if Jesus was thinking of this event, well He probably was! When in John 15 He says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.”

We are part of a vineyard, and the inheritance, oh the inheritance.

1 Peter 1 v3-4 says that through Jesus’ resurrection we are born again, “… to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,”

How good is that! Our inheritance cannot be stolen like Ahab/Jezebel stole Naboth’s vineyard!

We belong to a vine that will never die, it lives forever!

Praise God for our inheritance in Jesus.

September 28, Reading 1 – 1 Kings 20


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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!