1 kings 20 taught by Charchar :)
notes by savy
v 1-9: BEGINNING OF A COUPLE OF WARS WILL SYRIA (Arameans). and apparently we're shouting tonight. sorry about that. With out any defenses, Ahab is confronted with an army at his front door. He consents to give them anything.
Benhadad seems only to be interested in starting a fight. So he ups the anty.
Ahab goes to the people but never goes to God.
When was a time that you were confronted by an obstacle and you immediately gave in?
v 10-12: two kings saying nanny nanny boo boo! Benhadad is already celebrating before he has even fought ("one who has taken it off"). He has battle experience. You would think he knows better. 32 kings - a bunch of nations picking on Israel.
Ahab never admits that he just might need some divine assistance.
v 13-14: this was a period during which Elijah began teaching new prophets. One of these "student" prophets comes to the king. Despite Ahab's wickedness, God gives over the battle. One last chance for ahab to recognize God. God has already showed his judgement, now perhaps he will show his compassion.
When has God used you to bless others even in a time in your life when you were not behaving like a blessing/ right with God?
v 15-22: Ben still getting drunk when the army comes. "eh. go get 'em." didnt care what theyre intentions were. each leader took out one of the kings guard. So Ben hightails it out of there. Only through God;s power was this possible. But Ahab gives no credit. Yet God still warns him against further attack.
Abi: We learn from David that there was a time of year when kings went out to war. This was their football season. Benhadad is tailgating, when he is supposed to be playing.
v 23-27: he assumes that the god of Israel is a local god, rather than the omnipotent God of the universe. Benhadad is about to learn.
v 28-30: God shows his glory
v 31-34: "we have heard" - Israel's reputation precedes them. Benhadad humbles himself before the king, but also before the Lord. The king of Israel doesnt even do this. Out of pride, he draws up a treaty on his own. "brother"- equal. Maybe Ahab can relate to this sleaze ball.
v 35-36: one prophet to another prophet. a prophet is held to a higher standard of obedience, thus a higher punishment.
v 37-43: a direct parable, an object lesson. Like nathan and david, the torn robe.
God passed judgement and Ahab left bitter and angry/sullen and displeased. stubbornness, downcast spirit. Ahab adamantly refuses to change his ways, despite his God-given success, the object lesson, his own logic of justice.
Has there ever been a point in your life when God helped you and, afterward, you attributed the glory to yourself?
"the kings of Israel are merciful": in truth, the kings are normally forgiving when God command destruction. in the pagan veiw, God would have been created by them, thus like them.
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