Humble Yourself

1 Kings 16:30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him.
Here is, according to the Word of God, the worst of all kings, a man named Ahab. King Ahab was guilty of murder, stealing, worshipping false gods, and marrying a woman named Jezebel, the daughter of the king of Zidon. The Zidonians were a people known by all to be idolaters. Every Hebrew knew that this was strictly forbidden and that the very first commandment of the ten is Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
So here we have a king of God’s people Israel who has no concern whatsoever for the Lord and His commandments; a king that has become intoxicated with his own authority, with seemingly no fear of God, and as the Bible informs us, the worst of the worst. But something happens to him. God directs His prophet by the name of Elijah to visit this king Ahab. As far as we know Ahab had no one near unto him that would challenge his behavior creating a perfect opportunity for one of God’s preachers to intervene. Elijah now informs Ahab of the evil that will come to him, that his prosperity will be taken away, and that his house, or family will be destroyed. Now look at Ahab’s response, it is one that we might not expect. 1 Kings 21:27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly. This response from a wicked king is exactly why it is that we must inform sinners of the judgment to come. Far too many will only respond properly when their belongings or lives are threatened. It should not take the threatening of our well-being to motivate us to change our ways. But this is the power of sin and of the devil. Death, judgment, and Hell must be included in our witness that the world would first hear the truth and secondly have an opportunity to respond accordingly. King Ahab upon hearing of a coming personal judgment to be exercised upon him, responded correctly and humbled himself. This response of humility caused God to hold off the judgment until Ahab had died; revealing to us once again the glorious mercy that God has upon sinners. If we will humble ourselves He will be merciful, even to the worst of the worst.
~Pastor Kaiser

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