15 October 2018 Verse of the Day

But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.  (1 Corinthians 13:13 NASB) Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day. Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church: Naboth’s Vineyard 1Ki 21:1  Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.  1Ki 21:2  Ahab said to Naboth, “Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth.”  1Ki 21:3  But Naboth replied, “The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.”  1Ki 21:4  So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my ancestors.” He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat.  1Ki 21:5  His wife Jezebel came in and asked him, “Why are you so sullen? Why won’t you eat?”  1Ki 21:6  He answered her, “Because I said to Naboth the Jezreelite, ‘Sell me your vineyard; or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.'”  1Ki 21:7  Jezebel his wife said, “Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I’ll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”  1Ki 21:8  So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, placed his seal on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city with him.  1Ki 21:9  In those letters she wrote: “Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people.  1Ki 21:10  But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them bring charges that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.”  1Ki 21:11  So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city did as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them.  1Ki 21:12  They proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth in a prominent place among the people.  1Ki 21:13  Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth before the people, saying, “Naboth has cursed both God and the king.” So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death.  1Ki 21:14  Then they sent word to Jezebel: “Naboth has been stoned to death.”  1Ki 21:15  As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, “Get up and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive, but dead.”  1Ki 21:16  When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth’s vineyard.  The Lord Condemns Ahab 1Ki 21:17  Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite:  1Ki 21:18  “Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth’s vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it.  1Ki 21:19  Say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood—yes, yours!'”  1Ki 21:20  Ahab said to Elijah, “So you have found me, my enemy!” “I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD.  1Ki 21:21  He says, ‘I am going to bring disaster on you. I will wipe out your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel—slave or free.  1Ki 21:22  I will make your house like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat and that of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have aroused my anger and have caused Israel to sin.’  1Ki 21:23  “And also concerning Jezebel the LORD says: ‘Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’  1Ki 21:24  “Dogs will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the birds will feed on those who die in the country.”  Ahab’s Repentance 1Ki 21:25  (There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, urged on by Jezebel his wife.  1Ki 21:26  He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel.)  1Ki 21:27  When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.  1Ki 21:28  Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite:  1Ki 21:29  “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”  Ahab and the False Prophets 1Ki 22:1  For three years there was no war between Aram and Israel.  1Ki 22:2  But in the third year Jehoshaphat king of Judah went down to see the king of Israel.  1Ki 22:3  The king of Israel had said to his officials, “Don’t you know that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us and yet we are doing nothing to retake it from the king of Aram?”  1Ki 22:4  So he asked Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to fight against Ramoth Gilead?” Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”  1Ki 22:5  But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the LORD.”  1Ki 22:6  So the king of Israel brought together the prophets—about four hundred men—and asked them, “Shall I go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?” “Go,” they answered, “for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand.”  1Ki 22:7  But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no longer a prophet of the LORD here whom we can inquire of?”  1Ki 22:8  The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one prophet through whom we can inquire of the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.” “The king should not say such a thing,” Jehoshaphat replied.  1Ki 22:9  So the king of Israel called one of his officials and said, “Bring Micaiah son of Imlah at once.”  1Ki 22:10  Dressed in their royal robes, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor by the entrance of the gate of Samaria, with all the prophets prophesying before them.  1Ki 22:11  Now Zedekiah son of Kenaanah had made iron horns and he declared, “This is what the LORD says: ‘With these you will gore the Arameans until they are destroyed.'”  1Ki 22:12  All the other prophets were prophesying the same thing. “Attack Ramoth Gilead and be victorious,” they said, “for the LORD will give it into the king’s hand.”  Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab 1Ki 22:13  The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, “Look, the other prophets without exception are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably.”  1Ki 22:14  But Micaiah said, “As surely as the LORD lives, I can tell him only what the LORD tells me.”  1Ki 22:15  When he arrived, the king asked him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or not?” “Attack and be victorious,” he answered, “for the LORD will give it into the king’s hand.”  1Ki 22:16  The king said to him, “How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?”  1Ki 22:17  Then Micaiah answered, “I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd, and the LORD said, ‘These people have no master. Let each one go home in peace.'”  1Ki 22:18  The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you that he never prophesies anything good about me, but only bad?”  1Ki 22:19  Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left.  1Ki 22:20  And the LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’ “One suggested this, and another that.  1Ki 22:21  Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’  1Ki 22:22  “‘By what means?’ the LORD asked. “‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said. “‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the LORD. ‘Go and do it.’  1Ki 22:23  “So now the LORD has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The LORD has decreed disaster for you.”  1Ki 22:24  Then Zedekiah son of Kenaanah went up and slapped Micaiah in the face. “Which way did the spirit from the LORD go when he went from me to speak to you?” he asked.  1Ki 22:25  Micaiah replied, “You will find out on the day you go to hide in an inner room.”  1Ki 22:26  The king of Israel then ordered, “Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon the ruler of the city and to Joash the king’s son  1Ki 22:27  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.'”  1Ki 22:28  Micaiah declared, “If you ever return safely, the LORD has not spoken through me.” Then he added, “Mark my words, all you people!”  Ahab Killed in Battle 1Ki 22:29  So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead.  1Ki 22:30  The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will enter the battle in disguise, but you wear your royal robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.  1Ki 22:31  Now the king of Aram had ordered his thirty-two chariot commanders, “Do not fight with anyone, small or great, except the king of Israel.”  1Ki 22:32  When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they thought, “Surely this is the king of Israel.” So they turned to attack him, but when Jehoshaphat cried out,  1Ki 22:33  the chariot commanders saw that he was not the king of Israel and stopped pursuing him.  1Ki 22:34  But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, “Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I’ve been wounded.”  1Ki 22:35  All day long the battle raged, and the king was propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans. The blood from his wound ran onto the floor of the chariot, and that evening he died.  1Ki 22:36  As the sun was setting, a cry spread through the army: “Every man to his town. Every man to his land!”  1Ki 22:37  So the king died and was brought to Samaria, and they buried him there.  1Ki 22:38  They washed the chariot at a pool in Samaria (where the prostitutes bathed), and the dogs licked up his blood, as the word of the LORD had declared.  1Ki 22:39  As for the other events of Ahab’s reign, including all he did, the palace he built and adorned with ivory, and the cities he fortified, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel?  1Ki 22:40  Ahab rested with his ancestors. And Ahaziah his son succeeded him as king.  Jehoshaphat Reigns in Judah 1Ki 22:41  Jehoshaphat son of Asa became king of Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.  1Ki 22:42  Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years. His mother’s name was Azubah daughter of Shilhi.  1Ki 22:43  In everything he followed the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD. The high places, however, were not removed, and the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.  1Ki 22:44  Jehoshaphat was also at peace with the king of Israel.  1Ki 22:45  As for the other events of Jehoshaphat’s reign, the things he achieved and his military exploits, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?  1Ki 22:46  He rid the land of the rest of the male shrine prostitutes who remained there even after the reign of his father Asa.  1Ki 22:47  There was then no king in Edom; a provincial governor ruled.  1Ki 22:48  Now Jehoshaphat built a fleet of trading ships to go to Ophir for gold, but they never set sail—they were wrecked at Ezion Geber.  1Ki 22:49  At that time Ahaziah son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “Let my men sail with yours,” but Jehoshaphat refused.  1Ki 22:50  Then Jehoshaphat rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the city of David his father. And Jehoram his son succeeded him as king.  Ahaziah Reigns in Israel 1Ki 22:51  Ahaziah son of Ahab became king of Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years.  1Ki 22:52  He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, because he followed the ways of his father and mother and of Jeroboam son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin.  1Ki 22:53  He served and worshiped Baal and aroused the anger of the LORD, the God of Israel, just as his father had done.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord   All, This is my last Verse of the Day.  The Lord is leading me in a new direction. Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard