1 Kings 22:19 - 23
ESV - 19 And Micaiah said, "Therefore hear the word of the Lord : I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing beside him on his right hand and on his left. 20 And the Lord said, 'Who will entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?' And one said one thing, and another said another.
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In 1 Kings 22:19-23, there is a troubling passage in which we are told that God used a lying spirit to deceive Ahab. Does God really use evil, lying spirits to do His bidding? Why would God do such...
God used a lying spirit to deceive Ahab because Ahab refused to heed to the prompting of God. He put his trust in men, rather than God. Since he did not retain God in his knowledge, God gave him over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting. The attributes displayed by Ahab can be found in ROMANS 1 :28-32. In addition to this, we read in 2 Thessalonians 2 :10 that God allowed Ahab and others like him to be deceived because they rejected the truth that can save them. God therefore sent them strong delusion in order to believe lie. This is for the destruction of Ahab and the likes because of having pleasure in unrighteousness. This is the addition I want to make. May God bless His Word (Amen).
God used a lying spirit because he knew that Ahab will believe the lie rather than the truth. 1Kings 22:17-18, And he said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master; let each return to his home in peace.’” And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. This prophecy was rejected by Ahab who rather chose to believe the lying spirit.
YHWH gave mankind free will. Ahab is given a choice. If he has wisdom and prayer, he will not be deceived. If he chooses to use prophets, because he lacks discernment, or is lazy, to guide him - then he is doomed. See how Christ, in his perfect agony, seeks The Father "Thy will be done" rather than the council of men. All have the opportunity to so turn. Ahab is the victim of his own evil. He is separated from The Father by his hubris and willfulness. Yet he is provided with one last chance! Thy mercies are infinite.
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