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I Kings 22

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You may wonder as you read the words of this portion why My true prophet did not appeal to Ahab to repent of his ways, and why he did not rebuke and correct Jehoshaphat for his alliance with Ahab.  I want you to understand first of all that it was plain from the beginning, even before My servant Micaiah was called upon, that Ahab was not at all concerned about My will.  I have told you in My previous words on this portion that his heart was totally committed to his own will.  So when this is the case, there is no place any longer for repentance.  It was for the sake of Jehoshaphat and others who might take heed from seeing the words of Micaiah coming to pass and thus turn their hearts to Me, that these words were uttered.  But you notice that even though Jehoshaphat requested to hear My Word, that when he heard it, it did not provoke his heart to change.  And thus I want you to see that when the heart of even a good man, one who on the whole sought to follow My ways, is compromised, that it is hard for such a person to turn back.  And you see that already before this battle at Ramoth-gilead that the heart of Jehoshaphat had been compromised.  For if this was not so would he not have removed the high places that allowed his people to continue in idolatrous practices?  Also would he not have avoided aligning himself with the wicked Ahab, declaring that he was as Ahab, his people as Ahab’s people, his horses as those of Ahab?  Once his heart had been compromised, Jehoshaphat’s had also become dull and unresponsive to the affects of My Word, even though he had requested to hear it;  yes, even though he recognized the difference between the words of the false prophet and My true prophet.  In all of this that you see recorded here there is only one man who remained steadfast and faithful to Me and to My Word.  Yes, even though it caused him to be opposed by the king, even though it caused him to be ridiculed and abused by the false prophet, even though it resulted in his imprisonment and being placed on only bread and water, Micaiah stood faithful in the face of all these things.  But even so it was not just to Ahab and to Jehoshaphat that he testified to the truth, for consider that he added, “Mark my words all you people”.   It was not just so that his words were proven true in the case of Ahab and the outcome of the battle, but also that they might bring conviction and repentance to My people who had also strayed greatly from Me.  So you see that even in the midst of strong rebuke and great judgment, My mercy is extended to those who might consider from the fulfillment of My Word how they ought to respond and turn to Me.  And in addition to having you appreciate this very important work of mercy that continues even in the midst of great judgment, I would also have     you consider the terrible cost of a will unalterably set against Mine, and a heart, even of a good man, that has been compromised.   

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