Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, Anyone plus God is always a Majority, please skip ahead to the application.
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.
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.
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.