1 Kings, Chapter 22

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Ahab Is Killed at Ramoth-Gilead

The kingdoms of Judah and Israel form an alliance to reclaim Ramoth-Gilead from Aram. 400 prophets predict that victory will be theirs. Conversely, Micaiah claims that Ahab’s army will be defeated. Zedekiah, son of Kenaanah, argues against Micaiah and Ahab supports him, decreeing that Micaiah must remain imprisoned until Ahab’s return. During the battle, the king of Aram has the upper hand. He orders his men to focus on killing the king of Israel. A stray arrow hits Ahab as he rides his chariot, exactly as Micaiah had predicted and in contrast to the chorus of false prophets. Ahab was given many opportunities to correct his ways, but he couldn’t find the strength necessary. Instead, he sinned-time and again. Ahab’s fate was sealed due to his multiple moral and religious transgressions. 

“Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day” (1 Kings 22:5)

 “Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him?” (1 Kings 22:7)

 “I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd” (1 Kings 22:17)

Responsibility is knowing that we are the cause of our circumstances; irresponsibility is blaming others for our situation.