Join me in reading 1 Kings 21 – 22 for today…
“And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak.” 1 Kings 22:14 (KJB)
The king of Judah, the southern kingdom; and the king of Israel, the northern kingdom were joining together to fight a common enemy who was Syria. Jehoshaphat the southern king went to visit Ahab. The characters and hearts of these two kings were completely opposed to the other. Jehoshaphat was a king who did what was right in the eyes of the LORD (22:42-43). Ahab was so wicked he sold himself to do wickedness against the LORD (21:20, 25).
Micaiah, whose name means “Who is like the LORD?” is the same as that of Micah, the name of the prophet Micah of the Minor Prophets of the Bible. I do not think they are one and the same. Micaiah was a captive of king Ahab. Ahab hated Micaiah, because he never spoke favorably to what Ahab desired. He spoke what God said.
In this cooperative effort Jehoshaphat wants to hear what God says about going to battle against Syria. Four hundred prophets; and I would put a question mark around the word “Prophets” in that statement. They only spoke what this king wanted to hear. Jehoshaphat realizing that calls for a different prophet. Micaiah is called, told to speak what the others have spoken, and he says the words of the verse above.
O how we need those who stand in pulpits today to speak the word of God, rather than the words of men. We are told by Paul the apostle to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:14-15). Ahab did not care for the truth. Notice his words when Micaiah uses sarcasm to him what he wants to hear, “How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the LORD?” (22:16)
The Christian pastor, preacher, deacon, Bible study teacher, bus driver, etc. needs the resolve, and to resolve to speak the word of God which is truth. It is the only truth worth speaking. Do not add to it. Do not take away from it.
The Truth of God is powerful to change lives. It is powerful to change your life. Jesus Christ the Son of God, God the Son is the Living Truth (J0hn 14:6). He is alive and well. He loves you so much that He went willingly to an old rugged cross, laid down His life, died, was buried, and He rose again declaring the victory over sin and death. That is the Truth.
Resolve today to receive the truth, live the truth, and speak the truth in love for Christ.