EXCELLENT SPINE" (Numbers
24:10-13) Balaam said the same thing as Micaiah but Micaiah met it!
Balaam said the same thing as Micaiah but Micaiah met it!
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A. A Bible class was reading in Dan. 6:3 about Daniel exceeding others because "an excellent spirit was in him." The boy that was asked to read the passage misread it as, "an excellent spine was in him." Good description of Daniel!
B. One of the so called Christian graces in 2 Peter 1:5 is virtue." "moral courage". "Spiritual spine."
A Christian needs to have backbone. God wants us to have that.
C. Micaiah had "an excellent spine". He had godly courage!
Solomon's death in about 920 BC
northern section retained the name
North went immediately into idolatry About 60 years after Solomon Ahab is finally upon the throne there. One of worst kings Ahab is married to the Canaanite Jezebel.
South retained Solomon's temple and the presence of God and the Torah.
One of the good kings in the south was Asa's son: Jehoshaphat.
goes down to
1 Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance; and by marriage he allied himself with Ahab.
2 After some years he
went down to visit Ahab in
#6 read or tell 1 Kgs. 22+ 2 Chron. 18:3ff.
3 So Ahab king of
4 And Jehoshaphat
said to the king of
5 Then the king of
6 But Jehoshaphat said, "Is there not still a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of Him?"
7 So the king of
8 Then the king of
9 The king of
10 Now Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made horns of iron for himself; and he said, "Thus says the LORD: 'With these you shall gore the Syrians until they are destroyed.'"
12 Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, "Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Therefore please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak encouragement."
13 And Micaiah said, "As the LORD lives, whatever my God says, that I will speak."
14 Then he came to the king; and the king said to him, "Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?" And he said, "Go and prosper, and they shall be delivered into your hand!"
15 So the king said to him, "How many times shall I make you swear that you tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?"
16 Then he said, "I saw all
17 And the king of
**** Micaiah was sent to prison. Jehoshaphat and Ahab went to war. Jehoshaphat barely got out with his life. Ahab was killed just as Micaiah' and the Word of God had foretold.
It took courage for Micaiah to do what was right. This is perhaps the only time that Jehoshaphat did not obey God. Ahab was in habit of not paying attention to God.
A. Ahab was a child of God, Israelite, but had little or no spine for truth. Some might say he was spineless husband being married to Jezebel, that he was a crybaby when he didn't get what he wanted, but my point is he was spineless in his facing Truth.
Isa. 30:10>>>"Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us SMOOTH thing, prophesy DECEITS"
Ahab wanted only to hear what he wanted to hear.
C. We can be a spineless Ahab Christian if we only look for "yes" people men in our religion.
Please understand what I'm saying. If the leaders want "yes" members to agree to everything they decide and do, regardless of the Scripturalness or the consequences, are they not like spineless Ahab.
If we members want a LEADERSHIP that says "yes" to everything we do, are we not Spineless Ahabs.
Question: "Are we one of those that ever decide to attend a particular congregation because the leaders tells us basically what we want to hear? I'm not talking about Faith; I'm talking about messages that keep us in our comfortable place... we get yes-messages all the time; if we don't, we want to take our bags and go elsewhere...
I heard somewhere that church should be a place that "comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable." Do you believe that? Ahab would not.
On doctrine, are we like Ahab with our ears closed to the Truth of God's Word?
all the way from
Point #1, if Ahab had really listened to Micaiah's message, would he really have rushed out to battle? "Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath" (James ). That doesn't describe Ahab.
Be brave enough to admit you are a sinner in need of salvation,
be brave enough to lean on Jesus. Not just WWJD but WWJHMD. What would Jesus have me do? Be brave enough to give your life's navigation over to the Navigator Jesus, turning your back on the wrong and things amiss in your life, and obey Jesus' commands. If you aren't a Christian, you haven't been baptized into Christ, be brave and do it now. Don't be a spineless Ahab. As Ananias commanded Paul, "Why do you tarry? Arise and be baptized, calling on the authority of Jesus Christ."
A. Jehoshaphat was faithful as long as he was top dog and calling the shots in
B. Yes, But NOT when he was with his peer in power, in hostile country. There he cowered and had no spine. He seemed to sit in awe before the sinner Ahab. He let Ahab lead him.
C. Jehoshaphat, like David, had a good habit of consulting God's Will before his decision making. But he did not do it here! Commentators laud him for "forcing" Ahab to check with the Lord. No sir! I do not praise his actions here. He had already made his decision. He told Ahab, my power is yours! Too late, Jehoshaphat. Have you ever started eating and then "O, I forgot to give thanks for the food." That's what happened here. Perhaps Jehoshaphat had second thoughts too about his alliance with Ahab, BUT he was too sheepish to correct the situation. Jehu the prophet later condemned him for his alliance with Ahab.
D. We can be a "weak SPINEd
CHRISTIAN" in our relationships. It
is good to go on Facebook and see Christian type of
exchanges between young correspondents.
It is also disheartening to see the opposite. In
Too often, people jam the words peer and pressure together and think of it as a bad thing. In Jehoshaphat's case it was true. Peers have power. But this pressure can be positive. You are the peer that could make the difference. If you can't let your influence be good, you are in the wrong place.
Take the leadership with your peers or get out of that group fast.
couldn't have the courage to be a leader
with Ahab, he should have stayed in
A. Micaiah had spine! He took a courageous stand for the truth in a hostile environment.
B. Michaiah made 2 choices:
1. He believed His God lived.
2. He believed that God was speaking the Truth through him and would back him up.
He decided before he arrived at the thrones that his answer would be one that pleased His God.
C.. Micaiah had
this advantage over us: He could wait
for God's Word to come to him. And he
However, we have the advantage of the sacred written word, the Bible. That means we have to do what Jackie pointed out this morning in his second point: "Preparation."
E. Point #3,
1. Why do we today sometimes shy away from talking about certain matters with nonbelievers, even when God's Word speaks clearly about such issues? How can we develop the boldness and virtue of courage to speak up?
We need to spend time reading and studying the Bible, letting it fill our lives and allowing it to guide our behavior and decision making. Micaiah said, "What the Lord saith... that will I speak." Psalms 1: 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season,
3. We need practice in speaking the Truth in love (Eph. 4). Sometimes our "speaking up" sounds like anger and hate which causes the Ahabs to really believe that we hate him. Practice because even the successful sports person is successful because he/she practices. Practice with your friends. Your family. If you can't converse with your friends about God's Word, how can you speak to Ahab the Truth of God's Word?
#2 Remember to consult the Bible before making decisions, especially the important ones. and- Take the leadership with your peers or if you can't, get out of that group fast.
#3 Let our courage be a companion to knowledge (2 Pet. 1). Let our delight be in the Bible let's meditate on what we learn, day and night.
We shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit of God's Spirit in its season"
prayer: O God, You
have called us out of this world to become Your holy servants. Now send us back into the world with Your strength and Your courage to serve the needs of those
about us who have lost their way and need the Light of the gospel. In Jesus' name.