Who was really to blame for the trouble with the Northern Kingdom? Was it the Prophet? And who is to blame for the trouble with America? Is it Democrats? Is it Republicans? Or does the answer lie some place else?
1 Kings 17 & 18
The trouble with Israel
Things were continuing their downhill slide in Israel, the northern part of the divided kingdom. You remember in chapter 16.30-33:
“… Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD, more than all who were before him … he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him. Then he set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal … Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.”
Wow, what an indictment! Some of those other guys were pretty wicked, but God says Ahab was the worst!
And in chapter 17 God announced His judgment through the Prophet Elijah.
James 5.17 tells us that when Elijah prayed under God’s direction, it didn’t rain for three and a half years. But rather than looking to themselves, Ahab and his wife, Jezebel, blamed Elijah.
When Elijah showed up, Ahab called him the “troubler of Israel.” Elijah answered in 18.18:
“I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and have followed the Baals.”
Trouble with America
It made me think about what goes on in politics today in our nation. Everyone wants to say, “The trouble with America is this policy or that one. Everyone points the finger at someone or something else. The Democrats point to the Republicans; the Republicans to the Democrats; the poor to the rich, and on it goes. Continue reading