Ahab’s War with Ben-hadad

1 Kgs 20:1-43

Today, Ben-hadad the king of Syria gathered along with thirty two other kings to fight against Ahab king of Israel. Prior to this, Ben-hadad was indeed harassing the king of Israel here. He initially sent messengers to tell him that all his silver, gold, wives and children belonged to him. Ahab submitted to this, but later on when the messengers came again and told him that Ben-hadad would send his servants and take whatever they desired from his house, Ahab called a meeting of the elders, and he declined giving access Ben-hahad access to his properties.

The response meant there would be war! SO, Ben-hadad rallied the kings with him to attack Samaria. God however sent a prophet to Ahab to tell him that the multitude of the army would be delivered unto his hands, and this would be through the young men of the princes of the people at Ahab’s command.So, at Ahab’s command, the children of Israel, led by these young men, proceeded to face Ben-hadad, and the young men slew his army, causing him to flee on a horse.

After this first victory, the servants of Ben-hadad told him that Israel‘s gods were gods of the mountain and that they should fight them in the plains for victory. So, at the turn of the year, Ben-hadad gathered his men again to fight Israel at the valleys, this time in a larger number. God however showed that He is not only God of the hills, but of the valleys also. He gave Israel victory as they defeated a hundred thousand men of the Syrians, while the rest fled.

Ben-hadad also fled, having been defeated. However his servants cunningly went ahead of him to meet Israel’s king to beg on his behalf for him to live. Surprisingly, the king sent for him, caused him to sit with him in his chariot and made a covenant with him to preserve his life.

This was very strange and looked so foolish, considering how the whole chapter started with Ben-hadad’s threat. God had to send a prophet to Ahab to reveal to him that he had not executed judgement the way God wanted him to by allowing to escape a man God had handled over to him. Because of this, Ahab’s life would go for his life and Ahab’s people for his people.

Are you dealing with issues, situations, circumstances and people the way God wants you to? Are you allowing things to happens and pass by the way they should not? Do not be unequally yoked with wrong people, do not form a league with God’s enemies, it could be costly to your own soul. Beware!

Some verses to remember

vs 1:  And Benhadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together: and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it.

vs 13: And, behold, there came a prophet unto Ahab king of Israel, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou seen all this great multitude? behold, I will deliver it into thine hand this day; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.

vs 28: And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

vs 34: And Benhadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away.

vs 42: And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people.

 

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