The Worthless Men

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 21:7-16

If you read the last post, Leaders of the City, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

Last time we looked at Naboth and Ahab, this time we will continue this story with a look at Jezebel. In Naboth we saw an example of living by conviction. In Ahab we observe just the opposite, he is a complainer, pouter, liar, manipulative, and greedy.

What does Jezebel do? Jezebel scorns Ahab for being “heavy & displeased”. She tells him to get up and get happy…she will take care of things. So she devises a plot to have Naboth killed so that Ahab can have the vineyard he covets so much.

To grasp the depravity of Jezebel’s actions, we can also look at those around her… Never would we directly say that anyone in her life is the reason she is so wicked. She is just utterly depraved and these people aren’t going to change her. Similarly, you and I are in a world full of wicked people. We cannot change them. While God can, we need to realize that many will never change.

So what are we to do?

What is the only way for evil to triumph? (Good people do nothing…)

Let’s take our application from these verses about Jezebel by looking at those around her and what they did (didn’t).

The Application:

Let me just say simply here: Don’t be a worthless man. Don’t be a “patsy”. Don’t be so eager to please or be liked that you will do anything. If you live and die with nothing else, maintain your integrity.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Call to Worship for September 16th, 2018

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Our special music this Sunday is Mercies Anew.

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Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

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Nahum – Trusting God during trouble

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Bible Text: Nahum

Nahum – Trusting God during trouble

From Nahum’s writing we learn that God is jealous, God is judge, and that God is just. From this we learn that we can trust God during trouble. Romans 8:31, “…If God be for us, who can be against us?”

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Leaders of the City

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 21:7-16

If you read the last post, Jezebel, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

Last time we looked at Naboth and Ahab, this time we will continue this story with a look at Jezebel. In Naboth we saw an example of living by conviction. In Ahab we observe just the opposite, he is a complainer, pouter, liar, manipulative, and greedy.

What does Jezebel do? Jezebel scorns Ahab for being “heavy & displeased”. She tells him to get up and get happy…she will take care of things. So she devises a plot to have Naboth killed so that Ahab can have the vineyard he covets so much.

To grasp the depravity of Jezebel’s actions, we can also look at those around her… Never would we directly say that anyone in her life is the reason she is so wicked. She is just utterly depraved and these people aren’t going to change her. Similarly, you and I are in a world full of wicked people. We cannot change them. While God can, we need to realize that many will never change.

So what are we to do?

What is the only way for evil to triumph? (Good people do nothing…)

Let’s take our application from these verses about Jezebel by looking at those around her and what they did (didn’t).

The Application:

In their defense, these leaders were simply working at the pleasure of their King.

Were they that naive? Really?

Were they that devoted to God that they would jump right at the opportunity to stone an accused man? Come on! Baal worship was rampant here. They could have walked out in the street and found 3 guilty people, and they are going to stone this accused. The only person killing off those guilty of anything was Elijah.

These leaders either feared Jezebel or were operating with blind obedience. Neither is a good way to live life. You cannot live a life motivated by fear. Many do as they are told at work for fear of being fired. This is a poor way to spend your working years. This is a disservice to your employer. Get out of debt, set a budget, and be financially able to not be motivated by fear in your work place.

Many act/react socially for fear of being disliked. You know the best solution for this? Stop sharing so much of your business. Some things just need to stay private. Become aware that not everyone is going to like you.

Many have a relationship of fear with God. We are to have a healthy fear of God, but when we only serve Him for fear of what He could do to us or those around us we don’t really have a relationship. You cannot live a life motivated by fear.

You cannot live a life of blind obedience. Yes, we are to obey those who have the rule over us. Yes, we are not to rebuke an Elder in the church. Yes, we are to work as asked by those who employ us. This doesn’t mean we aren’t to determine for ourselves if our employer is “right” and determine if we need a new job. This also doesn’t mean we should never question government and laws. Definitely this doesn’t mean we don’t study the Scriptures ourselves and just take what our church gives us as right. Don’t live a life of blind obedience, you may find yourself indirectly guilty of murder! Educate yourself. Be aware of the world you live in. Stand against evil before it takes over.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Call to Worship for September 9th, 2018

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Our special music this Sunday is He Will Hold Me Fast.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

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Micah – Trust in the Lord

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Bible Text: Micah

Micah – Trust in the Lord

In the Old Testament, an overview, this week we have the book of Micah.  Micah preached that judgment was coming, but the deliverer was coming as well…so trust in the Lord! Listen to this story of redemption…

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Jezebel

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 21:7-16

The Story:

Last time we looked at Naboth and Ahab, this time we will continue this story with a look at Jezebel. In Naboth we saw an example of living by conviction. In Ahab we observe just the opposite, he is a complainer, pouter, liar, manipulative, and greedy.

What does Jezebel do? Jezebel scorns Ahab for being “heavy & displeased”. She tells him to get up and get happy…she will take care of things. So she devises a plot to have Naboth killed so that Ahab can have the vineyard he covets so much.

To grasp the depravity of Jezebel’s actions, we can also look at those around her… Never would we directly say that anyone in her life is the reason she is so wicked. She is just utterly depraved and these people aren’t going to change her. Similarly, you and I are in a world full of wicked people. We cannot change them. While God can, we need to realize that many will never change.

So what are we to do?

What is the only way for evil to triumph? (Good people do nothing…)

Let’s take our application from these verses about Jezebel by looking at those around her and what they did (didn’t do).

The Application:

Jezebel’s first words to Ahab were somewhat helpful. You are king! Get up and be happy. If things would have only stopped there, but from there things go down hill.

She writes letters in Ahab’s name. Ahab should not have allowed this. Well, he shouldn’t have allowed the plot at all…but surely he shouldn’t have allowed her to do it in his name. He shouldn’t have allowed it to happen through the office of the King of Israel. Even if Ahab will not stop Jezebel for the sake of himself and his home, he could at least deal with her for the sake of his office, God, or the nation of Israel. We’ll look at the leaders of the city in a moment, but in their defense these letters do come to them with the seal of the king. God help us to not sit idly by while bad people misuse God-given places of authority. Ahab was more concerned with what he wanted and could not have. Really, who is more depraved here? Jezebel, a raised Baal worshipper, or Ahab, King of Israel allowing this to happen?

She devises a plot to have a man wrongfully stoned. No matter your feelings on the ethics of this story, having someone killed is murder. How could Ahab sit by while someone is murdered just so he can have a material possession? (Nothing is worth that) Not only is this murder, but it is also a misuse of OT law. She uses God’s words & law as the means to her end. Can you grasp how awful the thing Ahab is allowing truly is? It’s not just a “let’s kill this guy to get what you want”, this is a “let’s use your God-given office as the power needed to cause others to act upon the Word of God to have them murder Naboth” to get what you want.

No matter how bad you get in this life, eventually there has to be a line drawn where you stand and say, “this is enough.”

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Jonah – Running from God

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Bible Text: Jonah

Jonah – Running from God

Many are familiar with Jonah and the whale, but God is truly the main character of this most unique book in scripture. He is omni-present, salvation, merciful, and compassionate. Consider this as you listen to the overview sermon of Jonah…

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Ahab

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 21:1-6

If you read the last post, Naboth, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

As we left Ahab last he was heavy and displeased. He had twice defeated Ben-Hadad. Neither time was he able to enjoy it & had really gotten things wrong.

Here we find him interacting with Naboth. Naboth has a vineyard next to Ahab’s palace. Ahab would like the vineyard since it is near his property. He offers Naboth another vineyard or money in exchange.

Naboth will not give King Ahab the vineyard. So again we find Ahab “heavy and displeased”.

As Ahab sits around and pouts, Jezebel notices. Hearing Ahab’s sob story, Jezebel decides to take care of things. She has Naboth killed and gives the vineyard to Ahab.

For the application, let’s look in detail at each of the characters we
read.

The Application: Ahab

As we study this text, it should be that the person we attribute great conviction to is Ahab, King of Israel, leader of God’s people. Sadly, this is not the case. All we see about Ahab is that he is a pouter, discontented, makes poor choices, and is driven by emotion (not conviction).

We begin this writing with Ahab in a mood. He just won a battle (2x) and still is not on good terms with God. He cannot seem to get it right. It goes like this in life when you mix allegiance. Ahab was following whichever god suited him best at the time. Things never go right when we operate like this.

Naboth’s reasoning in v.3 should have ended this for Ahab.
“Yes, you can’t give it to me,” should have been his reply. As king of God’s people, Ahab should have been first in line to stick with God’s law. Instead, he goes to bed, pouts, and refuses to eat! So we have a grown man, the king, laying around pouting. All because someone has something they won’t let him have! These are the actions of a 5 year old.

Ahab then lies to Jezebel to get what he wants. He forgets to mention that Naboth had a very good reason. All he tells her is that he offered money or another property. This paints Naboth as just unreasonable.

Hopefully we don’t see ourselves in any of Ahab’s actions. If so, we can also see what we need to work on.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Call to Worship for August 26th, 2018

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Our special music this Sunday is His Mercy Is More.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

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Obadiah – God’s Friends and Enemies

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Bible Text: Obadiah

Obadiah – God’s Friends and Enemies

Jacob and Esau’s conflict present us with the spiritual conflict of spirit and flesh.  The book of Obadiah delves into this subject matter. Listen and consider who are God’s friends, who are His enemies?

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Naboth

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 21:1-6

The Story:

As we left Ahab last he was heavy and displeased. He had twice defeated Ben-Hadad. Neither time was he able to enjoy it & had really gotten things wrong.

Here we find him interacting with Naboth. Naboth has a vineyard next to Ahab’s palace. Ahab would like the vineyard since it is near his property. He offers Naboth another vineyard or money in exchange.

Naboth will not give King Ahab the vineyard. So again we find Ahab “heavy and displeased”.

As Ahab sits around and pouts, Jezebel notices. Hearing Ahab’s sob story, Jezebel decides to take care of things. She has Naboth killed and gives the vineyard to Ahab.

For the application, let’s look in detail at each of the characters we
read.

The Application: Naboth

In refusing to sell, Naboth is not being unreasonable. His reason is honorable. He is not just trying to hold on to land, or be greedy. He isn’t trying to play hard ball with the King.

Naboth feels a biblical conviction not to sell his land. He considers the sale of this land a violation of the biblical law of inherited land. See Numbers 27:8-11.

It would be beneficial for Naboth to sell this land. This was an offer from the King, money was probably not an issue here. Also, the replacement land would likely be very good. Not to mention the benefit of helping the king out.

It is very dangerous for Naboth to keep this land. We read that Naboth is killed over it. Even if they had not killed him, going against the king is a BIG deal.

Aware of all of this…Naboth refuses to sell. He stood on his conviction. A conviction is something we are willing to die for, Naboth died. A preference is something we would like, but don’t intend to die for. A conviction is something you have truth on. (i.e. Num 27) A preference is something just based on facts. Preference is left for us to decide, convictions are truths already decided and out of our hands. Naboth was not left with a decision of, “…can I sell and still be right…” He was left with, “I can sell and be wrong or not sell and be right.” This left the results out of his hands. What a wonderful example of living with conviction. We should all be people of conviction with our decisions guided by the truths of God’s word.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Call to Worship for August 19th, 2018

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Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

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Amos – God’s Burden

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Bible Text: Amos

Amos – God’s Burden

Amos is God’s Burden given through God’s Man to God’s People. God will forgive and restore you for your past sins. God wants your heart fully for Him at present. In our future, the day of the Lord will come, are you ready? 

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I will be judged the way I judge

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 20:31-43

If you read the last post, Doing what I don’t want to do, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

The story here here has two separate elements that bring us to the conclusion: Ben-hadad comes to Ahab and asks for mercy which he receives. A prophet disguises himself to bring God & judgment to Ahab. The conclusion we reach is that God will punish Ahab for making up with Ben-Hadad.

The Application:

Just as the prophet Nathan dealt with King David, this unnamed prophet deals with King Ahab. (2 Samuel 12:1-12) Similarly Ahab here gives his own judgment. (v.39-40) Ironically, he was judged for disobeying…we the reader get a double warning of this here from the prophet and the king.

See Matthew 7:1-5

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Matthew 7:2

We will be judged the way we judge others. “Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.” (Proverbs 26:27) “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it…” (Ecclesiastes 10:8)

We should be as gracious with others as we would expect for ourselves. How would we want things if we were in their place? Would we see this differently if we had walked a mile in their shoes? We will be judged the way we judge.

Conclusion:

Have you been living unto self, satisfied with “at least having your pride”? Are living in obedience to God, or do you stop when left to do things you don’t want to do? How are you judging, do you give others the leash you would give yourself?

Pastor Chanc Strickland

Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Joel – Salvation for Whom?

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Bible Text: Joel

Joel – Salvation for Whom?

Sinners stand guilty before God and all of His wrath, but God Himself in Jesus will rescue you! The time has come when whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved! Will you be saved, or will you suffer the penalty of your sins?

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Doing what I don’t want to do

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 20:31-43

If you read the last post, I have my pride, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

The story here here has two separate elements that bring us to the conclusion: Ben-hadad comes to Ahab and asks for mercy which he receives. A prophet disguises himself to bring God & judgment to Ahab. The conclusion we reach is that God will punish Ahab for making up with Ben-Hadad.

The Application:

The prophet asks someone to smite him who refuses, and gets eaten by a lion. The prophet then asks someone else, who does smite him.

The first guy didn’t want to smite him. Why would he? Who just sits around anxious to “smite” someone? It wasn’t up to him though, this is what God wanted and he was severely punished for not doing what he was instructed.

I imagine the prophet didn’t want to be smote. This is the method God instructed him to use. After the first guy he probably felt relieved! Then God sends him to another, who wasn’t as “nice” but more obedient and he beat him up pretty good!

In both men we see clearly that at times we must do what we don’t want to do. It may be that we have to take on personal “harm” that we would prefer not to. It may be that we have to act in a way we don’t want to. Nevertheless, we must obey God. God doesn’t always have a lion waiting to eat, but at times He requires this strict of obedience.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Call to Worship for August 5th, 2018

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Our special song this week is The Lord Is My Salvation.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

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Hosea – Salvation

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Bible Text: Hosea

Hosea – Salvation

As God was in a marriage with His people Israel, the New Testament Christian is as well. Are you faithful to Him?  The story of Hosea, Gomer, and their children is an enlightening description of how we should and should not respond to our God.

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I have my pride

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 20:31-43

The Story:

The story here here has two separate elements that bring us to the conclusion: Ben-hadad comes to Ahab and asks for mercy which he receives. A prophet disguises himself to bring God & judgment to Ahab. The conclusion we reach is that God will punish Ahab for making up with Ben-Hadad.

The Application: “I have my pride…”

Have you ever said this, or felt that way? A situation doesn’t go how you’d like, you find yourself in the place of “wrong.” The world’s solution for this is to at least walk away with your pride. Instead of operating in a repentant manner, preferring another above our self, we stick out our chest & say, “Well, I have my pride.”

As a born-again believer, you don’t have your pride. The only thing we can walk around “proud” about is Jesus. Go read 1 Corinthians 6, we don’t have our pride! We are to act humbly, always putting others before self.

…and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20

As crooked as they go about it here, this is exactly what Ben-hadad and his advisors realize. They were beat and didn’t have a leg to stand on. They put on sackcloth, a traditional symbol of submission and repentance. They put ropes around their heads, symbolic of halters by which they could be led around or to say they were ready to be hanged.

These people do this almost in trickery and not true submission. We should truly be this submissive to this world. Our victories will never be victories as the world sees them. So be careful not to find yourself in a situation where your best take away is, “Well, I have my pride.”

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Call to Worship for July 29th, 2018

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Our special song this week is All I Have Is Christ.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

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Daniel – Change

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Bible Text: Daniel

Today’s Christian can survive and even thrive amidst change.  Daniel’s life shows us how!  In this overview sermon from our series through The Old Testament, the book of Daniel is a guide for change in life now and in times to come.

Daniel – Change

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Financial Peace University begins soon!

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Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

FPU at HBC

Harpeth Baptist Church – September 5 – November 7

  • Class Starts on September 5 at 6:30 PM
  • Child Care is provided
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We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

FPU classes meet for around an hour and a half each week for nine weeks.

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Connect Class for those new to Harpeth Baptist Church

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Are you new to Harpeth Baptist Church?  Do you have questions?  Let me invite you to Connect Class.  Connect Class is a 4 week meeting at 10AM on Sundays.Connect Class | Harpeth Baptist

  • Sunday, 8/5 at 10:00 AM
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During Connect Class we will help you CONNECT, GROW, SERVE, and GO!  If you would like to attend the Fall Connect Class, please fill out this form to let us know:

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It is never good to be on God’s bad side

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 20:24-30

If you read the last post, Anyone plus God is always a Majority, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

As the story continues we see what was told to Ahab (v.22) come to pass. Ben-hadad forms another army to come at Israel in the plains. It is said that Israel’s army looks like 2 little flocks of goats while the Syrians filled the country. The prophet comes back to Ahab to tell him that once again God will give victory to prove Yahweh is Lord. As the war begins Israel kills 100,000 Syrians in 1 day! While the rest flee, 27,000 were killed when a wall fell on them. So Ben-hadad goes and hides in Aphek.

The Application:

These coming against Israel are putting themselves in a bad place. Then and now, going against God’s people never ends well. Already God has shown Himself “Lord” in giving an outnumbered Israel the victory.

God has word sent to Ahab that he will win again so that God can prove to him that Yahweh is the Lord. In the first day Israel takes 100,000 Syrians. Then 27,000 more are killed when a wall falls on them! Some write that this was a common military tactic
especially when out numbered. An army would lure their enemy into an unstable place and then cause a structure to fall on them. That is hard for me to believe in this case: they didn’t go somewhere that Israel had access to. To cause this much damage (a wall large enough to kill 27,000) they would have needed a lot of man power. In my opinion, God caused the wall to fall.

It is never good to be on God’s bad side. Not to say God is picking on the Syrians…. They chose this war themselves.

That is the point…don’t place yourself in a position for the wrath of God to fall upon you. I serve a God of love who is trying to deliver mankind from our cursed condition. He is not sitting in heaven trying to figure out how to torture…He works to deliver (i.e. Nineveh). But, so many times (like Ben-hadad coming after Israel) men put themselves on a path to experience God’s wrath.

Conclusion:

It is never good to be on God’s bad side. You plus God is always a majority.  They will keep coming back.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.