Chapter-4.5   Seven Lessons On Judgment

4.5  God and Evil – A Mystery Revealed
 

1 Kings 22 is a unique story in the Bible that portrays the death of King Ahab. It contains a glimpse into the otherwise mysterious interactions between God and the forces of darkness. I conclude ‘darkness’ because God’s holy Angels would never seek to deceive anyone. While I do not believe this theme constitutes the main storyline of the chapter it gives insights into how God maintains his holiness and sovereignty while using the forces of darkness to accomplish his purposes in this ‘fallen world’.

God had made the decision that it was time for Ahab to die. At this point in the nation of Israel’s history, they were a divided nation, Israel to the south and Judah to the north. King Jehoshaphat, reigned over Judah, and King Ahab reigned over Israel. The King of Judah was a man who desired to honor God. King Ahab, of Israel, displeased God by committing many evil deeds. It was very common, at this stage in history, for God to speak to the kings through the prophets. This was one of his ways of providing them with direction. As the story unfolds, the two kings were at a summit, meeting to decide if they should attack a common enemy. Meanwhile, back in the heavenly realms, the following interactions take place (as observed and reported by Micaiah the prophet):

1 Kings 22:19-22 *1*

Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left. And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’ “One suggested this, and another that. Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him.’ “‘By what means?’ the Lord asked. “‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said. “‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it.’

These circumstances unfolded just as the prophet predicted, even though Ahab tried to out-smart God by disguising himself as he went into the battle! Please click the link below and read the entire story. These dark spirits are obviously out to ‘steal, kill and destroy’ *2* as much as they can and would probably do much more harm in if it were not for God’s restraining hand! *3*.

Much food here for consideration. Notice, God himself directly commits NO evil, but his purpose is accomplished as he lifts his restraining hand of protection from Ahab, thus allowing his death.

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References:

*1*. 1 Kings 22:19-22. NIV. Bible Gateway https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Kings%2022:19-22&version=NIV

*2*. John 10:10 NIV Bible Gateway – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2010:10&version=NIV

*3*. 2 Thessalonians 2:5-8 NIV Bible Gateway – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=2%20Thessalonians%202:5-8&version=NIV

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