This morning I wanted to share about King Ahab,


1 KINGS 16:30-33

30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him. 31 And as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, he took for his wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal and worshiped him. 32  He erected an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he built in Samaria. 33 And Ahab made an Asherah. Ahab did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.

In a list of Kings who did evil in the sight of God, Ahab is singled out as one who did more evil than all who had gone before him.  He is responsible for setting up worship to the false god Baal and other gods, and for instituting the evil practices that went along with them.  However, this wasn’t something that he did alone.  

There was none who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord like Ahab, whom Jezebel his wife incited. - 1 Kings 21:25

Jezebel was the princess of Tyre, a port community known for merchandise and consumerism.  Many view Ahab’s marriage as likely one of convenience and diplomacy.  Tyre and Sidon opened up trade routes and merchandise from faraway places.  By following after these things, Ahab allowed an evil influence into his life.  This influence immediately began to urge and incite compromise.  Israel was defiled by idol worship and evil practices.

Often temptation comes with an enticement of nice and pretty things.  As we fulfill our appetites in worldly desires, we begin to be influenced by a mindset that is set to worship false gods and idols.  The choice becomes whether to lose the thing that is enticing us, or whether to compromise with something we know isn’t right.

God has not called us to compromise with evil.  We must choose God above all, and we must look to Him to supply all of our needs and to give us His riches.  We are not to be poisoned by the influences of worldly and fleshly desires, but to be set free by the love of God, and to be transformed by His word.  Today may you stand against evil, root it out, and be uncompromising in your pursuit of Jesus!

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