How a man humbled himself

1 Kings Bible Background

05.10.2018 – Old Testament: 1Ki 21.27–29

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 21–22 on May 10, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

King Ahab sold himself to do evil in the sight of the Lord. One way he did it was to take what was not his. When Ahab took possession of the land of Naboth, whom Jezebel had killed for the sake of Ahab, the Lord had enough and sent Elijah to reveal how Ahab and his house would suffer.

However, King Ahab believed the message of Elijah and repented, humbling himself before the Lord,

So it was, when Ahab heard those words, that he tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his body, and fasted and lay in sackcloth, and went about mourning. And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, “See how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the calamity in his days. In the days of his son I will bring the calamity on his house” (1 Kings 21.27–29).

Ahab showed what was in his heart when he tore his cloths, wore sackcloth, fasted, and laid on the ground. He did not merely say he was sorry, but showed by his actions that he wanted the Lord’s mercy, and the Lord showed it.


  • How do you humble yourself before the Lord?
  • Have you repented of all your sins?

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