Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, Doing what I don’t want to do, please skip ahead to the application.
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.
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.
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.