Saturday, 10 May 2014

1 Kings 21-22

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

21:12 But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them bring charges that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.

Jezebel believed that the king (not God) was the highest authority is Israel and here she elevated cursing the king to the same level as cursing God. However she knew enough about the Mosaic covenant to have two witnesses.

Susan said...

21:29 Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”

Amazing that someone as evil as Ahab is capable of genuine repentance and God took it into account.

Susan said...

22:4-5 So he asked Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to fight against Ramoth Gilead?” Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.” But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.”

Jehoshaphat was considered a good king who "rid the land at the rest of the male shrine prostitutes" (v.46). Yet he had made peace with Israel and strengthened that peace by my marrying off his son to Ahab's daughter (2 Kings 11). Jehoshaphat was rebuked for "helping the wicked" and loving those who hate the Lord (2 Chron.19:2).

Jehoshaphat teaches us: don’t help people do wickedness; don't enable people to break God's commandments; don't encourage people to do wrong.