Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Jezebel Brand Dog Food

1 Kings 21:17-29  “Jezebel Brand Dog Food”

Romans 6:23    For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hebrews 9:27   And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

 

Galatians 6:7–8

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked;

for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

 

But then there’s Repentance:

·    Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. It is the beginning of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin (see John 16:8). And when the Holy Spirit stirs a person’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not that person’s relationship with others that bothers him but his relationship with God
Repentance always brings a person to the point of saying, “I have sinned.” The surest sign that God is at work in his life is when he says that and means it. Anything less is simply sorrow for having made foolish mistakes— a reflex action caused by self-disgust.  [1]

 

 

It’s been 6 years since Elijah has been on the scene.

17 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

·      Once more Elijah was summoned by God to confront Ahab (vv.17–18). Ahab no longer called Elijah “the troubler of Israel” but “my enemy” (v.20a). Doubtless his guilt weighed so heavily on his own conscience that he knew Elijah was there to condemn him.    [2]

 

18 “Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who lives in Samaria. There he is, in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone down to take possession of it.

·      There is no doubt that there is not a single human being that the Lord God does not see and know his whereabouts.

o  The Lord knows the whereabouts of your enemies

o  He knows the whereabouts of your unsaved loved ones

o  He follows the hearts of those that love Him and those that hate Him.

 

·      Ahab is still gloating about Jezebel stealing Naboth’s vineyard.

o  Imagine Ahab watching as the priceless vines are pulled

§  “I’ll put my tomatoes over there,”

§  “I’ll put my lettuce over here.”

 

·      All the sudden – Elijah shows up!

o  Naboth’s blood cries out from the ground in the vineyard.

o  The Lord will indeed avenge all that has been stolen from us.

Romans 12:19  Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

 

·      Jezebel took a man’s life for her selfish husband – the Lord will soon take her life!

 

19 You shall speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord:

“Have you murdered and also taken possession?” ’

And you shall speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord:

“In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, dogs shall lick your blood, even yours.” ’ ”

20 So Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?”

And he answered, “I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do evil in the sight of the Lord:

1 Kings 18:17    Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “Is that you, O troubler of Israel?”

·      When the church or the Pastor becomes your enemy – there’s something very wrong.

 

·      Do you think God has any trouble finding us for good or for bad?

2 Chronicles 16:9   For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

 

21 ‘Behold, I will bring calamity on you. I will take away your posterity, and will cut off from Ahab every male in Israel, both bond and free.

22 I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, because of the provocation with which you have provoked Me to anger, and made Israel sin.’

·      Jeroboam and Baasha were both evil Kings of Israel – and all of their sin earned them eternal death.

·      Now Ahab has been cursed with the same outcome.

 

23 And concerning Jezebel the Lord also spoke, saying,

‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’

24 The dogs shall eat whoever belongs to Ahab and dies in the city, and the birds of the air shall eat whoever dies in the field.”

Ahab and Jezebel will die the most wicked death

·      Their burial will be cursed.

·      Dogs will eat their bodies

·      Birds will pluck their eyes out.

 

The Chronicler speaks:

25 But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up.

26 And he behaved very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.

·      The Amorites were cast out of Canaan by Joshua and Caleb.

o  Great Pagan Kings and people that worshiped the gods of Nimrod.

o  The Giant people, offspring of the Nephilim

§  Og, King of Bashan

§  Sihon, the King of Heshbon

 

27 So it was, when Ahab heard those words, that he tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his body, and fasted and lay in sackcloth, and went about mourning.

28 And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

29 “See how Ahab has humbled himself before Me?

Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the calamity in his days. In the days of his son I will bring the calamity on his house.”

·      Repentance is always accepted by the Lord!

·      Repent and know the forgiveness of the Lord!

 

 

Mark 6:12–13

12 So they went out and preached that people should repent.

13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.

 

Acts 3:19  Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,

 

Acts 8:22  Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.

 

Revelation 2:5    Remember therefore from where you have fallen;

repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.

 



[1] http://utmost.org/repentance/

[2] R. D. Patterson and Hermann J. Austel, “1, 2 Kings,” in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, ed. Frank E. Gaebelein, vol. 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1988), 160.

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