Applications from 1 Kings
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.