Our God is a god of mercy. He wishes for this over destruction. Yet he is a god of justice and order. Both of these things ring true in this story. While reading this, we must understand that Ahab exists in a line of evil kings. Starting with Omri, they have gotten successively worse, apexing with Ahab. Yet, we see that God is still willing to grant him a stay of execution. We must remember what this stay actually means entails. Firstly it has all of his descendants wiped out, while he remains. Lastly, it has his evil wife, of which he had developed a codependency, being killed by dogs at her home. While Ahab would receive this mercy, he would also be brought to trial daily as he had to live through the extreme guilt and shame that he brought into Israel. We should note that he almost seemed to be welcoming this outcome from Elijah, engaging him directly as a guilty party. We ought to remember that our sins, maybe forgiven and mercy may be shown, but their is always a price to pay for the things we have done. Sooner or later, the wrath of God finds us.
1 KINGS 21:17-29
Posted byJosh McGaryPosted in1 Kings, Bible Thoughts, blogs, teachingTags:2023, Ahab, bible, Bible Thoughts, elijah, judgment, mercy, naboth, wrath
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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. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts