1 Kings 22* Jehoshaphat makes a league with Ahab. (1-14) Micaiah predictsthe death of Ahab. (15-28) Death of Ahab. (29-40) Jehoshaphat'sgood reign over Judah. (41-50) Ahaziah's evil reign over Israel.(51-53)1-14 The same easiness of temper, which betrays some godlypersons into friendship with the declared enemies of religion,renders it very dangerous to them. They will be drawn to wink atand countenance such conduct and conversation as they ought toprotest against with abhorrence. Whithersoever a good man goes,he ought to take his religion with him, and not be ashamed toown it when he is with those who have no regard for it.Jehoshaphat had not left behind him, at Jerusalem, his affectionand reverence for the word of the Lord, but avowed it, andendeavoured to bring it into Ahab's court. And Ahab's prophets,to please Jehoshaphat, made use of the name of Jehovah: toplease Ahab, they said, Go up. But the false prophets cannot somimic the true, but that he who has spiritual senses exercised,can discern the fallacy. One faithful prophet of the Lord wasworth them all. Wordly men have in all ages been alike absurd intheir views of religion. They would have the preacher fit hisdoctrine to the fashion of the times, and the taste of thehearers, and yet to add. Thus saith the Lord, to words that menwould put into their mouths. They are ready to cry out against aman as rude and foolish, who scruples thus to try to secure hisown interests, and to deceive others. 15-28 The greatest kindness we can do to one that is going in adangerous way, is, to tell him of his danger. To leave thehardened criminal without excuse, and to give a useful lesson toothers, Micaiah related his vision. This matter is representedafter the manner of men: we are not to imagine that God is everput upon new counsels; or that he needs to consult with angels,or any creature, about the methods he should take; or that he isthe author of sin, or the cause of any man's telling orbelieving a lie. Micaiah returned not the blow of Zedekiah, yet,since he boasted of the Spirit, as those commonly do that knowleast of the Holy Spirit's operations, the true prophet left himto be convinced of his error by the event. Those that will nothave their mistakes set right in time, by the word of God, willbe undeceived, when it is too late, by the judgments of God. Weshould be ashamed of what we call trials, were we to considerwhat the servants of God have endured. Yet it will be well, iffreedom from trouble prove not more hurtful to us; we are moreeasily allured and bribed into unfaithfulness and conformity tothe world, than driven to them. 29-40 Ahab basely intended to betray Johoshaphat to danger,that he might secure himself. See what they get that join withwicked men. How can it be expected that he should be true to hisfriend, who has been false to his God! He had said in complimentto Ahab, I am as thou art, and now he was indeed taken for him.Those that associate with evil-doers, are in danger of sharingin their plagues. By Jehoshaphat's deliverance, God let himknow, that though he was displeased with him, yet he had notdeserted him. God is a friend that will not fail us when otherfriends do. Let no man think to hide himself from God'sjudgment. God directed the arrow to hit Ahab; those cannotescape with life, whom God has doomed to death. Ahab lived longenough to see part of Micaiah's prophecy accomplished. He hadtime to feel himself die; with what horror must he have thoughtupon the wickedness he had committed! 41-50 Jehoshaphat's reign appears to have been one of the best,both as to piety and prosperity. He pleased God, and God blessedhim. 51-53 Ahaziah's reign was very short, not two years; somesinners God makes quick work with. A very bad character is givenof him; he listened not to instruction, took no warning, butfollowed the example of his wicked father, and the counsel ofhis more wicked mother, Jezebel, who was still living. Miserableare the children who not only derive a sinful nature from theirparents, but are taught by them to increase it; and most unhappyparents are they, that help to damn their children's souls.Hardened sinners rush forward, unawed and unmoved, in the waysfrom which others before them have been driven into everlastingmisery.
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