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Micaiah the prophet

First Kings 22 tells the story of Micaiah the prophet who foretold the death of King Ahab.  The king had his staff of prophets who converted every executive decision into a religious affair and then prophesied divine success over it.  It was how they did jingoism back then.  But they did it in the name of the Lord, and it drew the unfavorable attention of the Lord.

King Jehoshaphat, despite his mother’s choice of a name that doesn’t work well in English, was one of the good guys.  When he and Ahab were considering whether to engage the Syrians in war, Jehoshaphat insisted on consulting an actual true prophet.  The staff prophets could not have missed the insult, so when an officer was sent to fetch Micaiah, he carried a message with him: We’ve got a good thing going here, so don’t mess it up.

Micaiah showed us the stuff every Christian man should demand from himself.  When the king’s counselors asked him to get in line, Micaiah repeated the words of the Lord.  When the enemy retaliated against that, Micaiah stood his righteous ground and would not budge.  Not the king’s anger, not the mocking of the staff prophets, not physical abuse, not prison — nothing moved him.  God had spoken, and the truth was not up for government revision.

May a love of the truth (Zech 8:19) have just such a solidifying effect on the character of every Christian man.

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