1 Kings 22:1-4 (KJV) You Are Asking For It

1 Kings 22:1-4 (KJV)
And they continued three years without war between Syria and Israel.
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.
And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?
And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.

Even though Ahab was an ungodly man, he had been aided of the Lord to defeat Benhadad sufficiently enough to suppress any further war for three years. The only trouble was that Syria still held a city that Ahab thought belonged to him. This little detail had been a burr in his saddle all this time. For three years he had held onto his grudge, looking for the chance to strike at his enemy. He thought he found it through allegiance with Judah.

Jehoshaphat agreed to enter battle on Ahab’s side but he did request that they inquire of the Lord. The Word of the Lord pronounced Ahab’s doom.

  • His desire for victory over Syria
  • His carnal heart and
  • His belief that Judah’s help sealed his conquest

blinded him against the prophet’s warning and led to his death in the field.

It never serves any good purpose to hold on to a grudge, even if it feels like the grudge is justified. The city did belong to Israel but God was more than capable of restoring it to them if He pleased.

The grudge was to Ahab’s undoing and no one else’s.

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1 Kings 22:1-4 (KJV) You Are Asking For It

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Effective Preaching

1 Thessalonians 2:2 KJV

But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.

 

Sometimes preaching is attached with great liberty:

  • It is obvious that the hearers are connecting with the message
  • There is a spirit among the congregation as a whole that is conducive to preaching
  • The preacher feels at home and senses an agreement among the congregation for his message.

 

Such was, I think, Paul’s experience in writing the book of Philippians.[1] Here we are reminded that, though Paul had a genuine connection with the church at Philippi, it had not been an easy ministry there. He moved then to Thessalonica where Paul’s testimony was that he preached with boldness and much contention.

 

  • Preaching there was a labor, a struggle.
  • Preaching there incited anger among his hearers.
  • Preaching there was not associated with great liberty but
  • Preaching there did produce great results.

 

The greatest opportunities for the gospel are not in those places of the greatest ease and liberty. Paul said of Ephesus that a great and effectual door had been opened to him in there and that there were many adversaries. He did not say “but” there are many adversaries.

 

I believe that the kind preaching that will change the world will most often be of that sort.

[1] I recognize this was a letter and not a sermon.

 

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