If Your Pastor Doesn’t Resemble Micaiah, You Should Fire Them

There was a lull of three years, with no fighting between Aram and Israel. Then, in the third year, Jehoshaphat king of Judah paid a visit to the king of Israel.  The king of Israel said to his officers, ‘You are aware that Ramoth in Gilead belongs to us? And yet we do nothing to wrest it away from the king of Aram.’  He said to Jehoshaphat, ‘Will you come with me to attack Ramoth in Gilead?’ Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, ‘I will be as you, my men as yours, my horses as yours.’

Jehoshaphat, however, said to the king of Israel, ‘First, please enquire what the word of Yahweh is.’  The king of Israel then called the prophets together, about four hundred of them. ‘Should I go and attack Ramoth in Gilead,’ he asked, ‘or should I hold back?’ ‘Go ahead,’ they replied, ‘for Yahweh has already given it to the king.’  Jehoshaphat, however, said, ‘Is there no other prophet of Yahweh here, so that we can enquire through him?’

The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ‘There is one more man through whom we can consult Yahweh, but I hate him because he never has a favourable prophecy for me, only unfavourable ones; he is Micaiah son of Imlah.  The king of Israel then summoned a court official and said, ‘Bring Micaiah son of Imlah immediately.’

The king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting each on his throne, wearing their robes, in an open space just outside the gate of Samaria, with all the prophets in a state of ecstasy before them. Zedekiah son of Kenaanah, who had made himself some iron horns, said, ‘Yahweh says, “With horns like these you will gore the Aramaeans till you make an end of them.” ‘  And all the prophets cried ecstatically in the same vein, saying, ‘March on Ramoth in Gilead! Success is sure, for Yahweh has already given it to the king!’

The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, ‘Look here, what the prophets are saying is uniformly favourable to the king. I hope you will say the same as they do and speak favourably.’   Micaiah said, ‘As Yahweh lives, I shall speak as Yahweh tells me!’

When he came to the king, the king said, ‘Micaiah, should we go and attack Ramoth in Gilead, or should we hold back?’ He replied, ‘Go ahead! Success is sure, for Yahweh has already given it to the king!’  The king then said, ‘How often must I put you on oath to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of Yahweh?’  Then he spoke out: I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains like sheep without a shepherd. And Yahweh said, ‘These have no master, let them all go safely home!’   At this the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ‘Did I not tell you that he never gives me favourable prophecies, but only unfavourable ones?’

Micaiah went on, ‘Now listen to the word of Yahweh. I saw Yahweh seated on his throne with the whole array of heaven standing by him, on his right and on his left. Yahweh said, “Who will entice Ahab into marching to his death at Ramoth in Gilead?” At which some answered one way, and some another. A spirit then came forward and stood before Yahweh and said, “I will entice him.”  “How?” Yahweh asked. He replied, “I shall go and be a deceptive spirit in the mouths of all his prophets.” Yahweh said, “You will succeed in enticing him. Go and do it.”  And now, you see, Yahweh has put a deceptive spirit into the mouths of all your prophets here, for in fact Yahweh has pronounced disaster on you.’

Zedekiah son of Chenaanah then came up, struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, ‘Which way did Yahweh’s spirit leave me, to speak to you?’ ‘That is what you will find out,’ Micaiah retorted, ‘the day you go from room to room, trying to hide.’

The king of Israel said, ‘Seize Micaiah and hand him over to Amon, governor of the city, and Joash, the king’s son, and say, “These are the king’s orders: Put this man in prison and feed him on nothing but bread and water until I am safely home.” ‘ Micaiah said, ‘If you ever do get home safely, Yahweh has not spoken through me.’ (1 Ki. 22:1-28)

Let the reader fully understand.

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  1. Milton Almeida - The Grace Ambassador 26 Jan 2017 at 5:14 pm

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