Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, A light thing to make a grove, please skip ahead to the application.
Ahab becomes the king of Israel and reigns for 22 years. We will learn more of Ahab in the chapters to come, but from this brief summary here we get the picture: He did evil in the sight of the Lord more than all before him. It became normal for Ahab to walk in the sins of Jeroboam. He married Jezebel. He served and worshipped Baal. He built a house unto Baal and an altar for him. He built a grove in the temple: An image of Asherah (mother-earth) the fertility goddess. He did more to provoke God than all the kings before him.
The writer is sure to point out to us 3 times in the first 2 verses about
Ahab, who his father was. The name Ahab is literally translated “brother of the father”. The purpose of this would be to say “resembling the father”. You and I would just say “like father, like son.” One author wrote of Ahab, “He had his Father’s lies.”
The chapter concludes with a verse telling of the rebuilding of Jericho
which Joshua had said to never rebuild.
Evidently Ahab commissioned Hiel to rebuild Jericho. The price of this was two of Hiel’s children. Joshua had commanded them not to rebuild.
Joshua 6:26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.
Ahab needed Jericho…apparently…so it became a light thing to
Conclusion: There is a horrible price paid when it becomes a light thing to sin.
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.