June 20 – False Prophets Then and Now

June 20
1 Kings 22:1-53
Acts 13:16-41
Psalm 138:1-8
Proverbs 17:17-18

1 Kings 22:4-5 – Jehoshaphat made the right call, enquire the word of the LORD – but he should have said that first before pledging loyalty to the king of Israel.

1 Kings 22:11-12 – Interesting the people prophesying – not in the name of Baal, but in the name of the LORD.  Even today we have false teachers such as the Heretic, Charlatan, Prophet, Abuser, Divider, Tickler, and Speculator.

1 Kings 22:18 – It’s interesting that Ahab’s name is only used once in this passage while he is alive. Poor Ahab, he seems so simple minded – wondering why Micaiah is being sarcastic to him, or why prophets never gave him good words. Proverbs 7:7 talks about the simple youths, devoid of understanding. Proverbs 22:3 and Proverbs 27:12 tell how the simple are punished by not forseeing the evil. The real tragedy is that simpleness is curable thru the testimony of the LORD (Psalm 19:7), and the words of the LORD (Psalm 119:130).

1 Kings 22:28 – Micaiah realizes God has a higher penalty than Ahab does. The danger is not being in the prison with minimal rations, the danger is that a prophet who speaks presumptuously, must be put to death. Imagine the discernment necessary – did this revelation come from the LORD God and am I willing to risk my life on it? or was this just something that came from bad pizza.

1 Kings 22:34 – At a venture, almost by chance – but we’ve seen before that chance is just a covering for Providence.

1 Kings 22:49 – Interesting that now Jehoshaphat finally realizes the danger of an alliance with Ahaziah.

Acts 13:30 – Yesterday we saw the theme verse of Acts, but today we see the theme verse of the preaching of Acts.

Acts 13:34 – And for those wondering why David was brought up in a passage asking a simple question – now we where he fits in.

Psalm 138:6 – Here’s a great study to undertake – the seeming contradictions of the Bible.

Proverbs 17:18 – Ah, surety for a stranger. That takes us back to January 29th!

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