THE PROPHETIC VOICE …. THE ” TROUBLER” OF ISRAEL
1 Kings 18:17-18
Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “ Is that you, O troubler of Israel?”
18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals.
THE JUDGEMENTS OF THE LORD …. SWEETER THAN HONEY
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
There is a clear difference in the way David perceived and received the Word of the Lord, and the way the house of Ahab, under the rulership of his wife Jezebel,received proceeding the Word of the Lord.
The household of Ahab will always receive the proceeding Word from the Lord spoken through His prophet Elijah as trouble. The question to be asked this day is this: How do we receive a proceeding Word from God?
Is it from God if it supports our erroneous ways?
The pivotal purpose of the Word of the Lord is to provide illumination so that we may not stray from God’s plans and purposes for our lives.
Psalms 119:105. Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
This means if we walk in error, there will be a proceeding Word from God to bring adjustment to our walk. We should not interpret this as “trouble”. Despising the proceeding word of the Lord will delay us in accomplishing our assignment. The authenticity of a proceeding Word of the Lord is not validated by the level of excitement experienced by the hearer.
David, on the other hand, loved the truth of the “entirety of the Word of God”. Whether it corrects, instructs,rebukes, encourages or refreshes it is “altogether” good and wholesome. David considers the Word of God more desirable that fine gold…that all the riches this world has to offer.
Allow His Word to renew our mind to celebrate the Word of the Lord.