Applications from 1 Kings
The part of the story read here gives three good thoughts. We left Elijah last time waiting for Obadiah to bring Ahab. We pick up here with Ahab and Elijah meeting for the first time since Elijah announced that God would stop the rain. Ahab immediately blames Elijah for Israel’s trouble. Elijah quickly reminds Ahab that the trouble comes from Baal
worship. Elijah tells Ahab to gather Israel and the false prophets for a meeting
at Mt. Carmel. Once there Elijah asks the people how long they will halt between
two opinions. He challenges them to either serve God or Baal.
Ahab blames Elijah for the state of things…. Notice how he goes about it….Are you the one? What he is really saying is, “This is all your fault…” Ahab just has too much tact to say directly what he feels. Nonetheless Elijah is getting blamed for what is Ahab’s fault.
Two things we need to keep in mind about BLAME.
Be careful not to push your own blame on someone else. When in the wrong, work hard to make it right. In the midst of a crisis (famine here) who cares whose fault it is…we just need rain.
Realize the root cause when someone is pushing blame on you. Why is Ahab pushing this on Elijah? He doesn’t want to deal with his own sin. He needs someone to take the fall publicly. Things are similar now.
When being blamed for something you didn’t do… Try to become aware of the true problem (Ahab’s Baal worship), and consider addressing it. Don’t allow yourself to become the scapegoat. Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out:
So where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. Sometimes it is best to be silent and not add wood to the fire. The truth needs no defense.
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.