Who was Ahab in the Bible?

The kings of Israel and Judah, both good and evil, had prophets sent by God to advise, confront and aid them. King David had a faithful friend in God’s prophet, Nathan. Ahab could have had an equally faithful friend in Elijah. But while David listened to NAthan and was willing to repent of his sins, Ahab saw Elijah as his enemy. Why? Because Elijah always brought bad news to Ahab, and Ahab refused to acknowledge that it was his own constant disobedience to God and his persistent idol worship, not Elijah’s prophecies, that brought evil on his nation. He blamed Elijah for bringing the prophecies of judgment, rather than taking Elijah’s advise and change his evil ways.

Ahab was trapped by his own choices, and was unwilling to take the right action. As king, Ahab was responsible to God and his prophet Elijah, but he was married to an evil woman who drew him into idol worship. Ahab was a childish man who brooded for days if unable to get his own way. He took his evil wife’s advise, listening only to the “prophets’ who gave good news, and surrounded himself with people who encouraged him to do whatever he wanted. Ahab consistently chose to follow the advise of the majority opinion of those around him, and that led to his death.

It may be encouraging to have someone tell us to do whatever we want because advise that goes against our wishes is difficult to accept. However, our decisions must be based on the quality of the advise, not its attractiveness or the majority opinion of our peers. God encourages us to get advise from wise counselors, but how can we test the advise we receive? Simply stated, advise that agrees with the principles in God’s Word is reliable. We have to always separate advice from our own desires, the majority opinion or whatever seems best in our limited perspective and weigh it against God’s commands. God will never let us do what He has forbidden in His Word, even in principle. Unlike Ahab, we need to trust Godly counselors and have the courage to stand against those who would have us do otherwise.

Do you seek Godly counsel? Do you know Jesus?

Are you certain that you are going to heaven? If the answer is no or your not really sure and there is something stirring inside you at this very moment to do this, then all you have to do is say a small prayer and you can be assured of your name being added to the Book of Life. Go to the prayer of salvation and pray the words out loud and believe in your heart and you will be saved.

Ahab’s story is told in 1 Kings 16:28 – 22:40. He is also mentioned in 2 Chronicles 18 – 22 and Micah 6:16.

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