We're going to be talking tonight about God's faithful servant, Micaiah. This period of time, in the divided kingdom, you've got the northern kingdom of ten tribes known as Israel and the southern kingdom of two tribes knowns as Judah.
You have two lines of kings and two nations. The northern kingdom had not a single king who was considered righteous. The southern kingdom had a few, but many were also evil.
- 1 Kings 22
In the southern kingdom, you had King Jehoshaphat, one of the most righteous kings of the southern kingdom. And, in the northern kingdom, you had Ahab, perhaps the most evil king of all the northern kings. So you have a problem with unity.
Unity, perhaps, is one of the most difficult concepts for God's people.
- 2 Corinthians 6:14
- Ephesians 5:11
Turn to 2 Kings 22.
The Syrians had come and taken Ramoth Gilead, on the northern kingdom, so Ahab, asked Jehoshaphat to come and assist him in taking it back. Which he agreed to do.
Jehoshaphat wanted to consult God concerning the battle, which is admirable and the right thing to do. So Ahab called for 400 wise men of Israel, who all prophesied that it was good to go up. But, Jehoshaphat was skeptical of all these men and asked if there was a man of God who could prophesy. Ahab said there was one man, Micaiah, but that Ahab hated him because he never prophesied the way that he wanted him to.
Micaiah Was Known as a Spokesman for God
Ahab had many yes men. Here we see 400. And, his wife, Jezebel, was the most determined to always please the king. Thus, she, and the wicked counselors were always seeking to make him happy. Ahab had itching ears always wanting to hear whatever it was that pleased him.
- 2 Timothy 4:1-4
Ahab wanted to only hear whatever he wanted to hear. Micaiah on the other hand taught only what the Lord wanted Him to say.
- 2 Timothy 4:2
Ahab was a wicked king and was opposed to the cause of truth. Therefore, he was easily manipulated. Micaiah was uncompromising and refused to compromise to please the king.
We've got to have a love for the truth and to hear God's Word. Ahab, on the other hand, wanted only to hear what would please himself.
Micaiah Was an Uncompromising Spokesman for God
They sent for Micaiah, nevertheless. As he was sent forth the advisor instructed him to speak what would please the king.
- 2 Kings 22:13
Just because everyone else turns to the wrong thing, doesn't mean we should follow along. All the otherwise men weren't worried about pleasing God, they only sought to please the king.
- Galatians 1:10
Micaiah was an uncompromising spokesman for God.
Micaiah Was a Faithful Spokesman for God
When asked to speak only good to the king, Micaiah declares he would only speak what God tells him to speak.
- 1 Kings 22:14
- Acts 20:27
Some will compromise and only teach the parts of the gospel that others don't consider controversial. But, Paul only speaks the whole counsel of God. Micaiah was the same, only speaking God's Word.
Micaiah was a Hated Spokesman for God
- 1 Kings 22:15-16
When asked by the king if they should go, Micaiah tells him to go... but when pressed he declares that the Lord, would prophesy the destruction.
Micaiah perhaps was being sarcastic, but Ahab knew that he never told him what he wanted to hear, thus he knew that it was not God's Word.
- 1 Kings 22:17
The wicked king hated God's prophet because he only spoke the truth. If Ahab had been a righteous king, he would have accepted and understood that the prophecies were given for his protection. But, because he hated truth every prophesy seemed like a condemnation.
- John 3:20
- Matthew 10:22
- Jeremiah 38:6
- Hebrews 11:36-37
- 2 Timothy 3:12
Sometimes, we may have to suffer. We must take a stand and live Godly in Christ Jesus. And, when we do we will face persecution. We can't have unity with the works of darkness.
Micaiah, God's Faithful Spokesman
We must strive for unity but with faithfulness in the unity of the Spirit.
- Ephesians 4:3
- John 17:20-21
- 1 Corinthians 1:10
- Galatians 1:6-8
- Romans 1:16
- 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
- Acts 5:29
The Spirit's Word is the word of God. We must remain faithful to the unity of the Spirit and not turn aside to any doctrine that leads us away from Christ.
We see the importance of the Word of God, of not perverting it or changing it. We've got to know Him and obey Him. The only way to not pervert it is with the true gospel.
Micaiah could have told him what he wanted to hear and go free, and to tell him the truth meant he'd end up in prison. The apostles had the same choice, choosing to obey God rather than man.
Micaiah chose to obey God, whatever the consequences. We have to make the same choice today.
We have to choose to obey God, by believing the gospel that Jesus is the Son of God, repenting of our sins, and being willing to confess Jesus' name, being baptized for the forgiveness of your sins.
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