Standing Alone: Micaiah the Prophet, (1st Kings 22)
In the days of the Kings of Israel, there was a faithful prophet of the YHVH (Jehovah), God of Israel named Micaiah who stood alone in that faithfulness under a condition of enormous peer pressure. His life and testimony serve as an example to the believers in these last days to face the situation prophecied by Messiah Yeshua in Matthew 24:24.
It was a time of (rare) peace between the King of Judah, and the King of Israel, as the nation had been divided after the time of Solomon. Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, when to visit the King of Israel who asked him to join in battle with him against Syria at Ramoth. Jehoshaphat agreed. The only thing left to do before going up to battle was to consult the prophets of Israel as to the will of YHVH.
One thing that captured my attention in reading this account is the incredible importance of the word of these prophets. To lose a battle at this time in history usually meant facing a physical slaughter... literally sliced up by the sword. No one went into battle causally or hastilly, and the importance of knowing God's will is made clear... thus- the consultation with the prophets. There were many such prophets, serving at the same time as Isaiah, Elijah, and Elisha whom we most often hear about. One was Micaiah, son of Imlah.
The King of Israel hated Micaiah;
All of the many prophets of Israel had been heard on this issue of going up to battle against Syria, and all "prophet-lied" to the King that he should engage Syria at Ramoth with a "guarantee" of victory from the God of Israel.
All except one was heard; Micaiah. He is the subject of the above conversation of the King of Israel and Jehoshaphat in verses 7 & 8. When it came time for Micaiah to give his word from God, political and social pressure was placed on him to go along with the others;
But Micaiah's heart and faithfulness are made clear in these words of his;
He clearly told Israel not to go up to battle against Syria. Also that if the King did go-- that he would not return from battle.
The Kings of Israel (Ahab) and Judah (Jehoshaphat) went up to battle against Syria. Ahab was struck with an arrow in battle and died in the evening in his chariot. Israel was defeated at the hands of Syria, and the surviving troops were ordered back to their homes just as Micaiah had said;
Micaiah, the true prophet and son of Imlah, knew what word the Lord God of Israel had
given to him, and in the face of immense social and political pressure- yes even when every
other one of his peers said the opposite of what he was saying, did was was right in the
Lord's eyes. We can learn from this that in our goal of determining truth, one thing
we ought not depend on are the numbers. We must seek the Spirit of God, based in His
word... and being blessed to receive truth from Him, in these last days, let us also be faithful
to God, as our brother Micaiah demonstrated to us.
|Web Author:Michael Stevenson Updated: 12/16/2004 7:01PM|