Sunday, July 31, 2016

Micaiah - Israel's Don Quixote, Between Fear and Faith

“Micaiah – Israel’s Don Quixote”
“From Ulster Plantation to the Carolina’s with the Gospel!” *

Russell H. McCullough / Archdale church of Christ, 2525 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210 / - Date: 07.31.16

Text: I Kings 22.13 - 28
Thesis: Between fear and faith is the Truth!

1           Introduction

A. Ahab and Ben-Hadad were adversaries in the 9th century B.C.
B. Ahab – “father’s brother”
C. Ben-hadad – “son of Hadad”  A title of all Syrian kings
D. Ben-hadad made two demands of Ahab
             1. He agreed to give his wives, children and gold
          2. Refused to let him into his palace and take whatever he
E. God gave victory to Ahab “and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
F. Ben-hadad and 32 kings were drunk and defeated
G. The next spring Ben-hadad came back because they surmised that God was only God of the Mountains and not of the plains.
H. God told Ahab that “you shall know that I am the Lord, the God of both hills and valleys.”
I. Ahab captured Ben-hadad alive and did not kill him but rather made a treaty with him and sent him home.
J. Since Ahab refused to “devote to destruction” Ben-hadad and his host, God promised that he would require of Ahab both his life and lives of his people.
K. 20.43 – “And the kind of Israel went to his house vexed and sullen and came to Samaria.”
L. Chpt. 21 – Naboth
          1. Elijah prophesies the doom of Ahab and Jezebel
M. Chpt. 22 – Ahab makes an alliance with Jehoshaphat of Judah and plots war again with the Syrians to retake Ramoth-gilead which Ben-hadad’s father had taken from Ahab’s father, Omri

2          Two kings wrestle with a decision

A. Ahab – let’s get up and go
B. Jehoshaphat – let’s inquire of the Lord first
C. 400 say “yes,” yet Jehoshaphat wants another opinion
D. Ahab – I hate Micaiah
E. Jehoshaphat – Don’t say that
F. Ultimately, both are swayed by the vast majority – 400 – 1

3          The heroism of Micaiah

A. Was told by the king’s messenger to “let your word be as their words.”
B. Told the messenger; “what the Lord tells me that I will speak.”

C. Sarcastically agrees in 20.15
D. Ahab demands the truth and Micaiah gives it to him
E. Tells Jehoshaphat – “Didn’t I tell you so?”
F. Micaiah relays a vision of the heavenly realm – 19 – 23
H. Micaiah is struck by Zedekiah as he demands how Micaiah could prophesy such things.
I. Micaiah gives him a sign of the future
J. Micaiah is seized and thrown into prison on bread and water until peace comes.
K. “IF” peace comes Micaiah says
             1. The fate of Micaiah is unknown to history
M. “Hear all you peoples!”

4         Defeat and Death

A. Ahab disguises himself
B. Jehoshaphat battles as a king
C. Ahab is killed by a stray arrow and dies
1. His chariot is washed of blood in Samaria where the dogs lick up his blood.
D. Jehoshaphat escapes to continuing leading Judah

5          The Meaning of the Text

A. No matter what, HEAR the Word of the Lord
B. Never submit to the demands of the majority
C. Never be swayed by the sheer number of the camp of the wicked
D. Never be swayed by the insistence of one’s superiors to do evil.
E. Never add to nor take away from God’s Word
F. There is a greater reward that life, safety and freedom
G. Fear surrenders, faith fights on driven by the TRUTH

6         The Challenge of the Text

A. Hear the Word of God
B. Believe the Word of God
C. Obey the Word of God

7          “The Gospel Call”

·         My fifth great uncle was Hugh Gaston who was rector at the Ballywillan Presbyterian Church (pictured above left) in County Antrim, Ulster Plantation (Northern Ireland) and wrote the most dangerous book of his time; Gaston’s Collections.  It allowed “the ploughman to know more Bible than his clergyman.”  Hugh fled to South Carolina where he died prematurely of the measles.  He is buried just one hour south of Charlotte in Chester County, S.C. in “Burnt Meeting House Cemetery.”   Uncle Hugh continues to inspire my ministry to this very day.  You can read more about Uncle Hugh here:  Ruins photo courtesy of:

·         On Friday night, August 12, 2016 Russ will dramatically portray the life and times of his 5th Great grandfather, John “Justice” Gaston entitled; “A Patriot of the Revolution.” A portion of the event will cover also the life and times of his brother, Hugh Gaston.  The event will take place at the Archdale church of Christ, 2525 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210 at 7 p.m.   The public is invited to this free presentation.

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