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AN UNCHANGING MESSAGE TO A CHANGING WORLD (PART 1) -- I KINGS 22:1-8

February 09, 2020
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AN UNCHANGING MESSAGE TO A CHANGING WORLD (PART 1) -- I KINGS 22:1-8
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Preach The Word
AN UNCHANGING MESSAGE TO A CHANGING WORLD (PART 1) -- I KINGS 22:1-8
Feb 09, 2020

This is the story of a good man who tried to do a good thing, but he did it in the wrong way. He got himself in league with an ungodly man whose name was Ahab. He made an unholy alliance with a wicked man, and he is about to reap the consequences. He is like so  many today, who plan, plot, and agree, and after they've done it, they carry it to God in prayer to get Him to rubber stamp their ideas. Notice in verse four that Johoshaphat made an agreement with Ahab without praying about it. Then, in verse five he suggests trying to find out God's will in the matter (i.e., praying about it). He's already made up his mind, already given his word. He's already entered into an alliance, and now he's trying to get God to approve it. In verse six Ahab called 400 of his court prophets, who were paid by the king, to tell him whether he should go to battle or not. Of course, they only spoke good words to their boss, the king. So, in verse seven Jehoshaphat asked, "Isn't there someone else
 we can get other than these 400?" And, in  verse eight Ahab told him of Micaiah saying, "I don't want that preacher around here." In verse thirteen they send for Micaiah, and he is told, "Now, look, Micaiah, don't mess this thing up. We have complete unity. Four hundred prophets have said we can take Ramoth-gilead, and don't you mess it up. You make it unanimous." Every child of God, especially every true pastor and preacher of the Word should resonate with the words of Micaiah's answer in verse fourteen. We have an unchanging message to share with this world. It is as old as the history of mankind upon the earth. Yet, many in our world and many in "religion" want to change or disguise the message today. That is why Micaiah's answer in verse fourteen sets the stage for everything else I want to say. He says, "What God says to me, that I will say." So, with this in mind, I want to share the first two of five thoughts about "An Unchanging Message To A Changing World."

  I.  IT IS BETTER TO BE DIVIDED BY TRUTH THAN UNITED IN ERROR.
 II.  IT IS BETTER TO SPEAK THE TRUTH THAT HURTS AND THEN HEALS THAN TO 
     TELL A LIE THAT COMFORTS AND THEN KILLS.

Show Notes

This is the story of a good man who tried to do a good thing, but he did it in the wrong way. He got himself in league with an ungodly man whose name was Ahab. He made an unholy alliance with a wicked man, and he is about to reap the consequences. He is like so  many today, who plan, plot, and agree, and after they've done it, they carry it to God in prayer to get Him to rubber stamp their ideas. Notice in verse four that Johoshaphat made an agreement with Ahab without praying about it. Then, in verse five he suggests trying to find out God's will in the matter (i.e., praying about it). He's already made up his mind, already given his word. He's already entered into an alliance, and now he's trying to get God to approve it. In verse six Ahab called 400 of his court prophets, who were paid by the king, to tell him whether he should go to battle or not. Of course, they only spoke good words to their boss, the king. So, in verse seven Jehoshaphat asked, "Isn't there someone else
 we can get other than these 400?" And, in  verse eight Ahab told him of Micaiah saying, "I don't want that preacher around here." In verse thirteen they send for Micaiah, and he is told, "Now, look, Micaiah, don't mess this thing up. We have complete unity. Four hundred prophets have said we can take Ramoth-gilead, and don't you mess it up. You make it unanimous." Every child of God, especially every true pastor and preacher of the Word should resonate with the words of Micaiah's answer in verse fourteen. We have an unchanging message to share with this world. It is as old as the history of mankind upon the earth. Yet, many in our world and many in "religion" want to change or disguise the message today. That is why Micaiah's answer in verse fourteen sets the stage for everything else I want to say. He says, "What God says to me, that I will say." So, with this in mind, I want to share the first two of five thoughts about "An Unchanging Message To A Changing World."

  I.  IT IS BETTER TO BE DIVIDED BY TRUTH THAN UNITED IN ERROR.
 II.  IT IS BETTER TO SPEAK THE TRUTH THAT HURTS AND THEN HEALS THAN TO 
     TELL A LIE THAT COMFORTS AND THEN KILLS.