Micaiah, the prophet of the Lord, says he saw Israel scattered on the mountains without a master and tells Ahab that the Lord allowed a lying spirit to have the 400 prophets say he would have victory over Syria bc the Lord is bringing disaster against Ahab. Well this is not what Ahab wants to hear so he throws Micaiah in prison. 😏 However, just in case Micaiah is correct, Ahab puts on a disguise when he goes into battle against Syria. The problem for Ahab is that you can’t hide from the Lord. So a random (or not so random) arrow hits Ahab right between the joints of his armor killing him in his chariot as prophesied by Elijah and supporting what Micaiah said (Ahab is killed, the people are scattered back to their homes, and the dogs lick up his blood at the pool in Samaria where the harlots are bathing).
Jehoshaphat returns to Jerusalem and establishes a judicial system with judges who fear the Lord. Right afterwards the faith of Jehoshaphat and the people is tested when the people of Moab and Ammon come against them. Jehoshaphat cries out to the Lord, “And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them— here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit”. Remember that the Moabites and Ammonites are descendants of Lot by his daughters making them relatives of the Israelites. The Lord told the Israelites not to harass them because He gave the descendants of Lot, Abraham’s nephew, a land inheritance. (Deut 2:9,19)
The Lord responds to Jehoshaphat and says do not fear because the battle was God’s. Therefore, Jehoshaphat urges everyone to have faith in the Lord so they will succeed. Then the assembly sings praises and the Lord moves on their behalf causing the enemy to turn on each other and giving victory to Jehoshaphat and the people; providing an example of people being saved by faith in the Lord.
Tomorrow the Lord calls Elijah to go and confront another wicked king of Israel. Keep reading to see what happens.
(1 Kings 22:10-28, 2 Chronicles 18:9-27, 1 Kings 22:29-35, 2 Chronicles 18:28-34, 1 Kings 22:36-40, 51-53, 2 Chronicles 19:1-20:30)