1 Kings 21:17-29Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying: Go down to meet King Ahab of Israel, who rules in Samaria; he is now in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone to take possession. You shall say to him, "Thus says the Lord: Have you killed, and also taken possession?" You shall say to him, "Thus says the Lord: In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth, dogs will also lick up your blood."
Ahab said to Elijah, "Have you found me, O my enemy?" He answered, "I have found you. Because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord, I will bring disaster on you; I will consume you, and will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel; and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have provoked me to anger and have caused Israel to sin. Also concerning Jezebel the Lord said, 'The dogs shall eat Jezebel within the bounds of Jezreel.' Anyone belonging to Ahab who dies in the city the dogs shall eat; and anyone of his who dies in the open country the birds of the air shall eat."
(Indeed, there was no one like Ahab, who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord, urged on by his wife Jezebel. He acted most abominably in going after idols, as the Amorites had done, whom the Lord drove out before the Israelites.)
When Ahab heard those words, he tore his clothes and put sackcloth over his bare flesh; he fasted, lay in the sackcloth, and went about dejectedly. Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: "Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son's days I will bring the disaster on his house."
Ahab is remembered for being an evil man and king. Elijah brought him The Word of the Lord, but Ahab didn't like Elijah and thought of Elijah as his enemy. The Lord was more impressed Ahab reached beyond the messenger to hear The Word. We can be glad that the Lord hears our prayers, even sinners have the Lord's compassion. Good news for all of us!
However, we can always hope not to just have one encounter with compassion, but to foster the way of our lives bringing more Heaven to earth. Finding ways to tell someone of their gifts and abilities their Father God loves and admires in them. A Father Jesus proclaims 100 times is "Our Father.."
Ahab down. Compassion forward. With this willing of a heart, makes you wonder what Ahab would have done with meeting Jesus. Lord, if You will - Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I will".
Father God, You have said You Equip us with all good things to do Your Will. Help us to encourage the people You have brought us to see their Talents, Gifts, Abilities, the aspects You have given them as our Father to melt Your heart. Father God, You are a God who runs to us as we saunter on. Father God, You tell us to be encouraging and honoring to each other. Father God Thank You for not being a finger shaker. Instead You are the God of Love John proclaims You to be. You are the warmer of hearts - Your disciples said who walked with You.
Help us to bring Your Love forth to those who miss this. We ask Your blessings upon ourselves, our loved ones, coworkers, loved ones, Church and friends. In Jesus we pray for new students and teachers, Jacks, Dee, Hope, Mary, Fred, and my cataract surgery the 24th. For this State and for our Nation- In Jesus. Amen.
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