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Thursday, September 29, 2011

9/30/11 A Lucky Shot

17 Then Micaiah answered, “I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd, and the LORD said, ‘These people have no master. Let each one go home in peace.’” (1 Kings 22:17)

29 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead. 30 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will enter the battle in disguise, but you wear your royal robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.

34 But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, “Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I’ve been wounded.” 35 All day long the battle raged, and the king was propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans. The blood from his wound ran onto the floor of the chariot, and that evening he died. 36 As the sun was setting, a cry spread through the army: “Every man to his town. Every man to his land!”
37 So the king died and was brought to Samaria, and they buried him there. 38 They washed the chariot at a pool in Samaria (where the prostitutes bathed), and the dogs licked up his blood, as the word of the LORD had declared. ( 1 Kings 22)

Thoughts: Elijah had already prophecied that where they killed Naboth, the dogs would lick up Ahab's blood (implying a violent death at the same place Ahab had performed violence- 2 Kings 21:19).  Now another prophet reluctantly prophecies that Ahab will die in the battle to take Ramoth-Gilead.  While Aram's commanders aimed to kill Ahab, they could not.  However, a "random" arrow, just happened to hit Ahab in his chariot landing in the creases between his armor plates.  This was not just a lucky shot, but an arrow from God (Psalm 64:6-8), to put an end to Ahab's evil- (killing prophets, forcing idolatry, murdering his subjects like Naboth, etc.).  God shows His sovereignty in predicting the future through his prophets. 

Prayer: Lord, my future and my present are in your hands.  Help me to trust in you, the King of kings.

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