The New Rulers

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Motives

 

 

Jehosaphat and Ahab went up to Ramoth-gilead to face Ben-hadad II, King of Aram. Ahab devised a plan to go into battle disguised as a regular soldier (v. 30). Jehosaphat did not realize that this tactic would put him in greater danger. Ben-hadad wanted to kill Ahab because he knew that without their king the soldiers of Israel would not fight effectively. Dressed in his royal attire Jehosaphat was mistaken for Ahab and became the target of the whole Aramean army. However, under attack he cried out and was spared (vv. 31-33).

 

In an incident that was regarded as an accident, Ahab was fatally wounded (vv. 34-40). God allowed this to accomplish His purpose. After being wounded, Ahab propped himself up in his chariot and watched the battle until sunset. Ahab died and the dogs licked up his blood as God had predicted  (20:42, 21:19). The battle broke up when Ahab died as the Israelites could not take Ramoth-gilead.

 

Jehosaphat ruled with his father the last three year’s of Asa’s life (vv. 41-50). At Asa’s death Jehosaphat became the sole ruler. He ruled for 25 years and was counted one of Judah’s good kings. At the very last of Ahab’s reign, Jehosaphat entered into a treaty with him that resulted in peace between Judah and Israel during Jehosaphat’s reign. However, this treaty included the marriage of Jehosaphat’s son Jehoram to Ahab’s daughter Athaliah which followed Jezebel’s example and caused trouble. Ahab’s son, Ahaziah became king of Israel in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat’s reign (vv. 51-53). He reigned two years and did evil in the sight of the Lord, just like his father.

Application

 

 

It was foolish for Ahab to think he could escape the enemy by wearing a disguise. The same is true in my life. It is easy to try to escape reality by changing jobs, moving to a new town or even doing good things to bring glory to myself. However, God sees and evaluates my motives and any attempted disguise is futile.

 

I Kings 22:30-53 (English Standard Version)

And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you wear your robes." And the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle. Now the king of Syria had commanded the thirty-two captains of his chariots, "Fight with neither small nor great, but only with the king of Israel." And when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, they said, "It is surely the king of Israel." So they turned to fight against him. And Jehoshaphat cried out. And when the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him. But a certain man drew his bow at random and struck the king of Israel between the scale armor and the breastplate. Therefore he said to the driver of his chariot, "Turn around and carry me out of the battle, for I am wounded." And the battle continued that day, and the king was propped up in his chariot facing the Syrians, until at evening he died. And the blood of the wound flowed into the bottom of the chariot. And about sunset a cry went through the army, "Every man to his city, and every man to his country!" So the king died, and was brought to Samaria. And they buried the king in Samaria. And they washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria, and the dogs licked up his blood, and the prostitutes washed themselves in it, according to the word of the LORD that he had spoken. Now the rest of the acts of Ahab and all that he did, and the ivory house that he built and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? So Ahab slept with his fathers, and Ahaziah his son reigned in his place. Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel. Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. He walked in all the way of Asa his father. He did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the LORD. Yet the high places were not taken away, and the people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places. Jehoshaphat also made peace with the king of Israel. Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he showed, and how he warred, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? And from the land he exterminated the remnant of the male cult prostitutes who remained in the days of his father Asa. There was no king in Edom; a deputy was king. Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold, but they did not go, for the ships were wrecked at Ezion-geber. Then Ahaziah the son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, "Let my servants go with your servants in the ships," but Jehoshaphat was not willing. And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father, and Jehoram his son reigned in his place. Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned two years over Israel. He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and walked in the way of his father and in the way of his mother and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin. He served Baal and worshiped him and provoked the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger in every way that his father had done.

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