Sometimes we can even learn from the evildoers

1 Kings Bible Background

Old Testament: 1Ki 20.7–8

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 19–20 on May 9, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Ahab was not a righteous king, yet, Syria was worse and the Lord used Ahab king of Israel to punish Syria. It began when the king of Syria demanded that all of Israel and all that belonged to Ahab should belong to the king of Syria.

Then the king of Syria demanded that his servants be allowed to go through Ahab’s stuff and here is what Ahab did:

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.”

– 1 Kings 20.7–8

Ahab was willing to comply with the first demand, but not with the second, and the elders agreed with him. That provoked the king of Syria, leading to a war that Syria lost badly.

There is a time to submit and a time to resist.


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