Today, I encourage all my friends everywhere to be like Micaiah pictured above who feared God and spoke the truth to 400 false prophets, Ahab, and Jehoshaphat. Ahab and Jehoshaphat wanted to fight a war at Ramoth-gilead. Around 400 false prophets were called in with a unanimous opinion for Ahab to go up to Ramoth-gilead and prosper; for the Lord shall deliver it into the king's hand.
Then Jehoshaphat asked at 1 Kings 22:7 Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might enquire of him? Ahab responded there is yet a 401'st prophet named Micaiah but I hate him. While a messenger went to bring Micaiah, one of the 400 false prophets named Zedekiah put a theatrical touch on his prophecy and added a dash of Hollywood. Zedekiah told Ahab with horns of iron shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou hast consumed them. It's bad enough to be a false prophet, but to be a ham actor besides is too much.
Micaiah, the 401'st prophet, feared God and didn't want any worldly recognition from royalty or 400 false prophets. Micaiah spoke the truth to Ahab saying the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee. Ahab hated this prophecy and placed Micaiah in prison, feeding him with the bread and water of affliction.
Friends anywhere it is better to be like Micaiah on bread and water with the Lord Jesus than a politician at the feasts of worldly evil kings like Ahab. 2 Timothy 1:12 says For the which cause I also suffer these things; nevertheless, I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day. Micaiah was God's child and eventually will be rewarded by Jesus with everlasting life by fearing God and speaking the truth. On the other hand, Ahab was killed at Ramoth-gilead and the dogs licked up his blood off the chariot because he did not fear God.
Pictured above be like Micaiah the 401'st prophet and don't merge into the worldly fog around you. Many prophets and great men like Micaiah refused to blend into the fog around them and stood alone blessed with the Lord Jesus speaking the truth. Daniel spoke for God in the fog of a pagan empire and it was worth a night in a lion's den to be able to read God's handwriting on the wall. Elijah stood alone and refused to blend into the fog of Jezebel's priests for Baal and stooges that ate at her table. When Elijah challenged the multitude, that fifth amendment crowd answered not a word (they didn't want to say anything that might incriminate them).
Amos stood alone and was unwilling to be classed as a member of the guilds who made their living by bowing to the wishes of the people and preaching a pleasing message that would guarantee a return engagement from Amaziah. And finally Noah stood alone in a civilization of culture and progress. His contemporaries must have laughed at him as an eccentric who was building an oversized houseboat and looking for the world to end.
Pictured above it is better to fear God and speak the truth than to be wicked and blend in with this fading world. Ecclesiastes 8:12 says Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before Him. But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he feareth not before God.
TAKE TIME AND READ THE FINAL WORDS OF
PATRICK HENRY'S WILL BELOW
There is one thing more that I wish I could give you all
It is the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ
With it, if you had nothing else, you could still be happy
Without it, though you had all things else, you could never be happy
Pictured above we see yet another scripture saying it is better to fear God and speak the truth than to be wicked and blend in with this fading world. Isaiah 3:10 says Say ye to the righteous that it shall be well with him; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings; Woe unto the wicked; it shall be ill with him; for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Remember, it's better to fear God and live for Jesus in a small peaceful home than live in a palace without Jesus. John 3:36 tells us He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. Right now choose Jesus and get saved; Repent and decide to stop sinning, make Jesus God of your life, and believe that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again.
And Psalm 34 promises that if anyone fears God and lives to bless Jesus daily, angels will always deliver them and they will have no want (defined as they will have no lack or poverty). Say out loud and believe Psalm 34:7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man that trusteth in Him; O fear the Lord, ye his saints. for there is no want (poverty or lack) to them that fear Him. And if anyone fears God and speaks the truth, they will blessed forevermore according to Isaiah 32:18 that says And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation; and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
A POEM ABOUT NOAH
AND THE BLESSED SAINTS THAT FEAR THE LORD JESUS
Many hundred years ago they ventured to remark
That Noah had some carpenters to help him build the ark
But sad to say on that last day when Noah entered in
Those carpenters were left outside and perished in their sin
How sad to think they may have helped to build the ark so great
Yet still they heeded not God's Word and awful was their fate
Today the same sad state exists among the sons of men
They helped to build the so called church who are not yet born again
They stay behind for sacrament; They work, they sing, they pray
Yet never have accepted Christ, the life, the truth, the way
Another judgment day will come as sure as came that flood
And only those will be secure whose shelter's beneath Christ's blood
I pray in Jesus name this little bible study blesses multitudes all over this earth with peace and strength. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.