Ahab must have had his spirits lifted after the slaughter at Mt. Carmel. There, his prophets had been declared the loser in a battle of gods and they were stamped out in one fell swoop. After this, his wife declares death upon Elijah, who flees and God helps him win against Ben Hadad. As one often does, Ahab must have believed that he had somehow returned to God’s favor: he couldn’t have been more mistaken. He chose, once again, to live outside of God’s decrees. He showed mercy to someone he shouldn’t have. He believed that he could escape judgment, or that it must not apply to him. But he ended up bringing judgment instead. We often confuse our own standards with God’s and end up heaping judgment upon ourselves and others. We should never confuse God acting within his character as an excuse to act outside his will. We should never sin so that grace may abound. There is always a price to be paid when we try to steal God’s decrees and replace them with our own. Pride comes before the fall.
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY.
First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years.
I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.
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