1 KINGS‬ ‭22‬:‭34‬-‭38‬ ‭‬‬

“An Aramean soldier, however, randomly shot an arrow at the Israelite troops and hit the king of Israel between the joints of his armor. “Turn the horses and get me out of here!” Ahab groaned to the driver of his chariot. “I’m badly wounded!” The battle raged all that day, and the king remained propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans. The blood from his wound ran down to the floor of his chariot, and as evening arrived he died. Just as the sun was setting, the cry ran through his troops: “We’re done for! Run for your lives!” So the king died, and his body was taken to Samaria and buried there. Then his chariot was washed beside the pool of Samaria, and dogs came and licked his blood at the place where the prostitutes bathed, just as the Lord had promised.”

1 Kings‬ ‭22‬:‭34‬-‭38‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Ahab was a miserable man. He lived a life of constantly finding new ways to skirt God’s wrath and judgment. He waged war against God’s words, his prophets and his will. It may have seemed, especially to the godly, that he was untouchable. Yet we see the opposite. Not one, but two prophets predicted his death. As an oxymoronic phrase, it is funny that a random act of God killed him. It seemed that he was great at avoiding what he could predict, but not at avoiding what he couldn’t. This is true for all of us. He believed in the end that he could keep beating the odds and that earth would miss him. Yet we see that God is not mocked, deceived or tricked. The house always wins and God cannot be tricked. When we think of those in the world who commit great injustices against God and his people, we should not rely on our intricate coups and our plots to overthrow them. They may be able to escape our notions of grand punishment, but they cannot escape a random act of God.

Published by Josh McGary

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

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