1 Kings 22: Ahab dies in battle


War continues to rage between Israel, Judah and Syria. Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, made a pact with Ahab, king of Israel to fight together to defeat Syria. But Jehoshaphat wouldn’t fight until they knew whether god was on their side or not. The problem is that none of the prophets liked Ahab and were always prophesizing bad things about him. They finally called Micaiah for a formal audience. All the prophets promised that they would prevail. Micaiah told him that they would be slaughtered if they tried. So the king had him taken to prison and fed bread and water of affliction.  During the battle, the king was injured by an arrow and killed. King Ahab was buried and his son Ahaziah reigned. Jehoshaphat made peace with Israel. There was no king in Edom. Jehoshaphat tried to send ships of Tharshish to Ophir for gold, but they were sunk at Ezion-geber.  Jehoshaphat died and his son Jehoram reigned instead.

In other words:

King Ahab wants to go to war, but a prophet tells him he will die, so he puts the prophet in jail, goes to war and is killed.

Favorite bit:

1 Kings 21:18 – And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?

The bit I want to know more about:

1 Kings 21:46 – And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land. (wait – what?)

Moral Lesson Learned:

Don’t ignore bad news just because you don’t want to hear it (1 Kings 21)