In 1 Kings 22:1-40 King Jehoshaphat (Judah), a religious man, and King Ahab (Israel), an ungodly man, discussed war with Ramoth-Gilead. Jehoshaphat desired to know God’s will. So Ahab asked 400 of his prophets, “Shall I go up to battle or shall I forbear?” All unanimously said, “Go up and the Lord shall deliver it unto you.” Jehoshaphat wondered if their answers were just to please the king. He asked for an outside prophet. (7). Ahab said, “There is one man Micaiah, I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good …but evil” (8). The sent messenger whispered to Micaiah, “I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good” (13). But Micaiah said, “As the Lord God liveth, what the Lord sayeth unto me, that will I speak” (14). Ahab then asked Micaiah, “Shall I go up – Shall I stay?” (15) Micaiah repeated the same words as his prophets. Ahab knew he was being mocked. He told Micaiah to say the truth. Micaiah then warned him not to go to battle as all Israel would be scattered and killed. (17). Ahab replied, “Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me?” (18). Results: Ahab wanted a liar. He ignored the truth and was killed by a stray arrow (34).
What can we learn from this? The 400 false prophets were proven to be liars. Learn that truth remains truth whether you believe it or not! Truth never conflicts with truth. Truth only confirms truth. It is not truth if you can adjust, alter, adapt or amend it for your acceptance and approval. Many guess measurements but one ruler confirms the truth. Many guess weights, but one scale confirms the truth (Smile: Some want a liar). Many guess North, but one compass points to the truth.
Truth: God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). You cannot change the fixed laws of God (Col. 1:16-17). Scriptures are the only assurance, authority, and absolute truth of God. Scriptures confirm Scriptures. The Immutable Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life (eternal): no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John14:6). No man means you, you, and even you. Ahab thought he was right, but he was wrong (Prov 21:2). An atheist hesitantly said, “What if I am wrong?” “And ye shall know the truth (Jesus), and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov.14:12). As you face eternity, “Do you want the truth, or do you want a liar?” Don’t die with a lie.
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