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Verse 1 Kings 22.27

27 and say, ‘This is what the king says: Put this fellow in prison and give him nothing but bread and water until I return safely.’"

Verse 1 Kings 22.27 and Say, ‘This

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The verse above depicts an angry and frustrated king issuing punishment to be served by a prophet for declaring a prophecy which did not go well with him.

In biblical days the people of Israel usually sought after the Lord before making major decisions, such as going into battle with other nations. This was their way to ensure their victory. In this very case the King of Israel, also known as King Ahab, had found out about a piece of land which belonged to the people of Israel. However, the land was at the time in possession of the Arameans. So he called King Jehoshaphat, who was the king of Judah, to help him in battle by joining forces with him. To this the king of Judah did agree, but not without first demanding that the prophets of Israel be brought to declare what they had heard from God concerning King Ahab's decision.

This was a simple demonstration of the clear difference between King Ahab and King Jehoshaphat. In other words, while the latter was a king who put God first in all his actions, the former was a king who did things as he saw fit. King Ahab wasn't a king who did the things that pleased God, and so many times God had spoken terrible things toward him through the Prophet Micaiah. For this reason did King Ahab have much disdain toward him.

So when the prophets were brought to give statement on what they had heard from God about King Ahab's plans to go to war with the Arameans, Ahab was not surprised at the outcome. As he expected, out of all of them only Micaiah declared that he would lose in battle. At first the others had given their testimony concerning what they had seen, and had it not been for the persistence of King Jehoshaphat it would have ended there. Clearly King Ahab knew there was one more prophet left who had not given his own declaration, but he kept silent until King Jehoshaphat inquired further. It seemed obvious that King Ahab could tell that Micaiah would give nothing short of a negative prophecy, but he rather preferred to convince himself of goodwill. Clearly he must have had a very low tolerance for opposing views.

It turned out to be, from the words of Prophet Micaiah, that the other prophets had been deceived by a lying spirit whom God had deliberately allowed in order to let King Ahab go to battle and die. This must have been disappointing to King Ahab, who had already received positive prophecies from all the other prophets. Combined with the fact that Prophet Micaiah had already earned a negative reputation for declaring negative things about the king, Ahab must have felt Prophet Micaiah had a dislike for him and as a result chose to take Prophet Micaiah's prophetic utterance personal. And so Ahab decided to punish Micaiah by sending him to prison and ordering that he be fed with only the most basic kind of food, which was bread and water.

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