The southern kingdom of Judah and northern kingdom of Israel had been divided since the time of Rehoboam. Due to division and war between the two kingdoms, neither had prospered as they could have if united. But that was all changing now. Good King Jehoshaphat of Judah and King Ahab of Israel’s northern tribes had joined affinity, and were uniting to restore Ramoth-gilead to Israel, which had been stolen by the Syrians.
The scene opens up with the two kings clothed in their royal robes, sitting on their thrones in a void place at the entering in of the gate of Samaria. They have just agreed to combine forces to restore Ramoth-gilead to Israel. The scent of revival and blessing is in the air. The Samaritan Post probably had headlines showing two kings with 400 preachers seeking God’s blessing on this endeavor to prosper God’s people. Hundreds of Israelites were standing within sight of this meeting with warm feelings of exuberance filling their hearts and minds.
The kings were sitting on their thrones while Zedekiah was demonstrating with some bull horns made of iron how Israel and Judah’s joined forces would push the Syrian heathens till they were consumed. How exciting to see the unity of the governments, the unanimous endorsement of the prophets proclaiming God’s approval and aid in the campaign. God’s people, God’s kings, God’s prophets, planning destruction on the enemies of God -- who could question such an enterprise?
However, in the midst of it all, King Jehoshaphat, who knew God better than most in that mass of excited people, had an uneasy feeling about these preachers Ahab had gathered. He asks if there are any other prophets of Jehovah through whom they could inquire. Ahab reluctantly brings up Micaiah; but makes it clear that he hates him — “...for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil…” Obviously he didn’t want this man spoiling the “spirit” of the day and hindering this good work.
Enter Micaiah: Micaiah was an Israelite. He loved the LORD, and longed for God’s purposes to be fulfilled through his nation. He loved his country and his people; and wanted them to prosper. He wanted to cheer his king, and see the Syrians defeated —But he couldn’t — THEY WERE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF GOD!
Micaiah was not a humanist, who assumed God’s priority was man’s happiness. You’d never hear Micaiah saying to his children or grandchildren, “As long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters”. He was more concerned with God’s truth, than with man’s feelings. He understood, “there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Prov. 14:12) Because of this, he received a different message from God than the other prophets had received. Yes, they had received a message from “the spirit”. This “spirit” was sent by God. They were faithfully proclaiming the popular message they had received; but due to their double motives, they had been chosen to receive a lying spirit’s message; whereas Micaiah had received the truth from the Holy Spirit. God doesn’t sympathize with man’s pride, rebellion, self-preservation, etc. — He judges it.
It seems this was a common occurrence from what Ahab said. Evidently, the other prophets usually had a message that was positive and in accord with what he considered best for him and his people; but Micaiah always had a negative message of judgment and doom. So much was this the case that Ahab had ceased to even hear him; and the other prophets, through joint disgust, had disregarded and rejected him also. Rather than get right with God, they just redefined God’s will to fit their feelings. THEY WERE SO ACCUSTOMED TO SUBNORMAL RELIGION, THAT OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD SEEMED EXTREME AND UNREALISTIC.
So here is Micaiah facing this hopeless situation. Knowing the truth, but knowing that the kings and the people hearkening unto him in the midst of this hype would be a near impossibility. He would be viewed as unloving, unpatriotic, jealous of the other prophets, loving controversy, self-righteous, judgmental, etc. etc. etc.
Micaiah enters and, like a faithful steward, he proclaims the truth he knows; calls the other prophets liars; and, just as expected, he is hated even more by the people, prophets, and his king; and ends up in prison. What a hopeless situation. Did Micaiah foresee the bloodshed of Israelite fathers and sons? Did he foresee the weeping, confusion, and disillusionment with God due to false prophets? Yes, he did. Did he see God’s will not being accomplished while man’s foolish will kept damaging God’s people and God’s reputation?
DID YOU EVER WONDER WHY PROPHETS WEEP?
When Jehoshaphat gets home, after barely escaping with his life, he meets another prophet who asks, “Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? Therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.” What a shame that Jeshoshaphat, a godly king, compromised and sympathized with humanistic ideas — assuming that what he thought was good for his fellow man was automatically God’s will. Due to his compromise and exaltation of his own feelings above the Word of God, he lost his son, and brought ruin and heartache to his nation — how? His son ended up marrying Ahab’s daughter — the daughter of Jezebel. This Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel, ends up on the throne killing the seed of David and establishing the worship of Baal!
DID YOU EVER WONDER WHY PROPHETS WEEP?
Enter Jeremiah: O, what a frustrating existence! To know the truth, to see the deceit, to love God and love your people; yet not be able to fix the dreadful problem, because of the people’s rebellion, and the false prophet’s deception. In this arena:
1. We have righteous, worthy, just, holy God who is responsible to maintain law and order and justice in His universe. His plan and design is for all to win, not one at another’s expense. He had great loving plans for his people, and desired their best and highest good; but they were rebellious, and hurt his plan, his purpose, his name, his reputation, and his heart.
“…this thing commanded I them saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.”
2. We have people who do not want truth, just convenient religion and a therapeutic message of prosperity, blessing, and security:
“…this is a rebellious people, lying children, children which will not hear the law of the LORD: which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:” Isa. 30:10
3. We have false prophets operating on the same values as these rebellious people enabling and encouraging the apostasy:
“Woe unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! Saith the LORD…they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness…from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land…they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. They say unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you…and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness;”
4. In the midst of this scenario we have a man — just a man like you and I. A man who loves God and is jealous for God — His Word, His ways, His desires, His reputation, etc. A man who also loves his nation and his people. HE SO DESIRES TO FIX A PROBLEM THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FIX UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. Listen close to the following:
“Thus saith the LORD…this evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their hearts…I will dash them one against another…I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them. Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken. Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness…But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride…” Jer. 13:9-17
Jeremiah is rightfully frustrated at the false prophets, who delude the people and bring God’s just judgment upon them:
“Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins…Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.” Jer. 14:10-13
DID YOU EVER WONDER WHY PROPHETS WEEP?
Are these isolated cases? What a question. This is the case ALL THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES: Did you ever consider Enoch preaching and witnessing the disintegration of Seth’s godly seed; Noah preaching and seeing people walk away from the Ark; all the patriarchs; Moses; Joshua; Samuel; Elijah; and all the prophets. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY! THIS IS THE NATURE OF THE WAR. Why do we who claim to know the Bible continually prefer the soft euphoric contemplations as being more holy? Maybe we need the rebuke Peter received, “thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men”. Jesus didn’t say, “Take up your popsicle and follow me.” Those who flee the sober, ugly realities of this war, and seek out only “smooth things” may end up as candidates for the next “lying spirit”. Jesus came to preach “good news”, but because of man’s pride, he had to preach mostly judgment. CONSIDER JESUS WEEPING OVER JERUSALEM:
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate…” Luke 13:34,35
“And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the day of thy visitation.” Luke 19:42-44
Jesus was called a “man of sorrows, acquainted with grief” — why?
He was well acquainted with reality! He didn’t hide behind positive fables! HE NOT ONLY FORSAW THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM; BUT ETERNAL DAMNATION! This is a part of the cross we are called to take up and carry behind the Master — the cross of knowing the truth, preaching the truth, but watching people turn away and choose their own destruction — and weeping over the reality of sin, pride, and self-will. Just getting the world to like us does not save their soul, but keeps them from the truth they need, and causes us to risk losing our own soul.
Paul said, “I have continual sorrow in my heart”. Another preacher says in Eccl. 1:18, “For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow”. Paul told Timothy, “…the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
God’s people have always had this sorrow in their heart — even in the midst of the joy they posses from their relationship with the Lord. This sorrow is due to love and light in the midst of a condemned, self-willed, proud, and rebellious people who will not listen. The joyous truths are to help us endure the cross, not deliver us, or shelter us, or give us a place to stick our head to hide from the harsh reality: “Lose this life, or lose your soul”.
I love and agree with God! HE IS WORTHY TO BE OBEYED! We are the criminals! HE IS RIGHTEOUS TO JUDGE THE REBEL AND SEND HIM TO HELL!! I AGREE 100% WITH HELL AND DAMNATION AS GOD WILL DISTRIBUTE IT...
…BUT I ALSO LOVE MY RELATIVES, NATION, AND FELLOW MAN! Some of you who read this are ones I am speaking of: you believe in God, talk of God, are maybe even churchgoers, but are not obedient to Christ, His Word, and His program — maybe you obey what you choose and skip the rest. We weep for you.
“How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.” Jer. 8:8
EVERY MINUTE THE CLOCK TICKS BY
WHILE THE LORD YOU DON'T OBEY
BUILDS THE ANGER OF A HOLY GOD
AND INCREASES THE HELL YOU'LL PAY
GOVERNMENTS SCOFF AT YOUR GOOD DEEDS
WHILE A TERRORIST OR CRIMINAL BE
AND GOD CARES NOT HOW NICE YOU ARE
WHILE YOUR GOAL IS MUTINY
JESUS CHRIST IS SOVEREIGN LORD
HIS STATUTES AND LAWS ARE RIGHT
FOR YOU TO FOLLOW YOUR OWN WAY
IS TREASON IN HIS SIGHT
EVERY MINUTE THAT TICKS AWAY
YOU TREASURE UP WRATH AGAINST THAT DAY
WHEN GOD WILL MAKE ALL REBELS PAY
FOR ALL THE THINGS THEY DO AND SAY
OH HOW FOOLISH TO LIVE THIS WAY
WHEN GOD FORGIVES WITHOUT DELAY
IF FAITH AND REPENTANCE YOU DISPLAY
SO YIELD YOURSELF TO THE LORD TODAY
"BUT AFTER THY HARDNESS AND IMPENITENT HEART TREASUREST UP UNTO THYSELF WRATH AGAINST THE DAY OF WRATH AND REVELATION OF THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT OF GOD; WHO WILL RENDER TO EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS” ROMANS 2:5, 6
WHAT CAN WE DO?
What could the father do in the parable of the prodigal son? The only right thing for him to do in the circumstance was to look down that road with sorrow and pray that his rebellious son would come to himself, repent, and have the humility to face his error and seek reconciliation. God calls, warns, and desires; but he cannot reconcile with man until man gives up his rebellion and proud obstinacy. God will not change the rules of the game, just because you went out of bounds.
ARE YOU WILLING TO BEAR THIS CROSS OF GOD’S LOVE IN WARNING AND ADMONISHING THOSE WHO DON’T VALUE YOUR LABOR AND DESPISE YOUR LOVE, DEEMING YOU PROUD, UNLOVING, AND OUT OF TOUCH?
WHY PROPHETS WEEP
By Jesse Herr
With the various ideas about global warming, it can be hard to sort through the stories and come to reasonable conclusions. If there is a problem, the next step is to determine what we must do to improve the situation. The Bible foretells both a global warming and how to be ready.
“But the day of the LORD will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for a hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” (2 Peter 3:10-14)
The new earth will be inhabited by those who embrace God’s standard of righteousness. In John 12:48 Jesus said, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”
Obedience to God is the way to be prepared for the global warming that will be of eternal importance. If we desire to live in a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness, let us be diligent that we may be found ready.
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” II Thess. 1:7-9.
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” Rev. 22:14.
Do you see the pathway that will lead you to eternal life?