Friday, May 8, 2015

SULLEN AND DISPLEASED

Today’s┬áReading: 1 Kings 20

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The Damascus Gate in Jerusalem leads to the Damascus road, which runs from the capital city of Israel to the capital of Syria. This was a major thoroughfare even in the days of King Ahab and King Ben Hadad. Of course, the Apostle Paul had his life-transforming experience with Jesus on the road to Damascus! (Acts 9).

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Key Verse: 1 Kings 20:43

So the King of Israel went to his house sullen and displeased, and came to Samaria.

 

Here is a prime example of a failure in godly leadership by King Ahab. The Lord arranged tests for Ahab. Ahab failed those tests!. While Ahab still had his title as King, his wife, Jezebel, had become the real leader. Yesterday’s reading began with the words, “And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done.” Then Jezebel took over. Verse two of 1 Kings 19 says, “Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah saying….” There is no doubt that after the Mt. Carmel confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal, Ahab knew what was right and what he should do. He was too weak as a leader to take his place of authority as King and as a husband. Now, in today’s reading, Ahab continues to waffle in his decisions. While Jezebel is not mentioned in the 20th chapter, we can be sure that Ahab continued in the pattern already established. No doubt he “told Jezebel all.” God was seeking to lead Ahab, but while Ahab knew the victory God gave initially over Ben Hadad, he failed to follow God’s leading fully. Ahab’s reaction to the final word of a prophet of God, probably a graduate of Elijah’s School of the Prophets, caused him to pout in a childish way. Ahab needed to call on God fervently, man up, and lead according to the way God instructed him. He failed to do so. His leadership was slipping away.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, there is a lesson for me to learn here. Two characters in today’s reading failed to follow through as You had instructed. May I hear Your instructions clearly and may I have the intestinal fortitude to follow through. Please keep me from being “sullen and displeased.” I need Your strength, Lord. In the Name of the strongest Leader ever, the Lord Jesus, Himself, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

The night before last, as Norma-Jean and I were about to close our eyes in sleep, I turned to her and said, “Thank you, darling, for your support of my leadership.” I didn’t bring this up, but in our marriage ceremony almost 57 years ago, she actually promised to obey me. In this day of political correctness, that sounds positively old fashioned. In my early days of ministry, it was generally agreed that the internal discussions of the Board of Deacons in the churches I pastored, and later in the Board of Crossroads, stayed there, and a Deacon or Director would not do as Ahab did in telling all to his wife. From a personal point of view, I wanted to leave these matters inside the Boardroom. I very much wanted my home and my marriage relationship to concentrate on our family and our relationship as husband and wife. I think I can say that the result was harmony in our home, and some success in the ministry to which God called me. For this I give God the glory. Please forgive me if I’ve offended anyone here. It’s just that every time I read about Jezebel, I’m amazed at her control. Why, even Elijah, fresh from the victory of God sending the fire to consume the sacrifice, was overpowered by her.

Yours for hearing from God,

David

This is the original Damascus Gate from the time of Jesus. It’s below the level of the current gate pictured above.

5 thoughts on “Friday, May 8, 2015

  1. Enjoy being cared for by the love of my life. I think u have the right idea Rev. M. Not offended at all:-) Of course the greatest love of my life is God.
    Blessings.

  2. God bless you dear Pastor David. What a wonderful example you and Norma Jean are to all of us. Your comments are always very uplifting, it gives me a sense of well being.
    Many blessing to all

  3. The pictures are spectacular, thank you Rev. Reynold.

    Good, confident leadership usually accomplishes what he or she sets out to do under the direction of the Greatest Leader, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!!

    Thank you Jesus your word says you are the Husband of the Husbandless, thank you for being my ALL IN ALL, AMEN!!!

  4. Your strategy makes a lot of sense, David! Otherwise, there is can be interference. Lines get crossed in places where they ought not be. It’s not about whose is more important! The relationship between husband and wife counts ultimately within the home.

  5. I was wondering if you could expand on what the “threshing floor” was like where the kings sat on their thrones. I always thought it was a place where they thresh wheat or barley & can’t picture the kings on their thrones sitting there. I really enjoy all the background information you give daily to help paint a more accurate picture for us of what life was like 2, 3, 4 thousand years ago. God bless you with renewed health & strength.

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