Some things we can do, but some things we cannot

1 Kings Bible Background

05.09.2017 – Old Testament: 1Ki 20.7–9

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 19–20 on May 9, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Syria had power over Israel. Therefore, the Ben-Hadad, king of Syria demanded to have the good things of King Ahab of Israel. Ahab did not refuse the king of Syria. However, the king of Syria made another demand, and this time Ahab refused. Ben-Hadad said that he would send his servants to Ahab and whatever they discovered was cherished in Ahab’s eyes, Ben-Hadad’s servant would take,

So the king of Israel called all the elders of the land, and said, “Notice, please, and see how this man seeks trouble, for he sent to me for my wives, my children, my silver, and my gold; and I did not deny him.” And all the elders and all the people said to him, “Do not listen or consent.” Therefore he said to the messengers of Ben-hadad, “Tell my lord the king, ‘All that you sent for to your servant the first time I will do, but this thing I cannot do.’” And the messengers departed and brought back word to him (1 Kings 20.7–9). 

Sometimes we have no choice and we have to comply with an enemy, but then the enemy pushes too far, and we have to refuse. This event led to war and Syria and Ben-Hadad lost badly.


  • How far can you be pushed?
  • Do you use Jesus as an example in dealing with difficult people?

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