What I read today
1 Kings 21-22; Proverbs 5; Ezekiel 32; Mark 10; 2 Corinthians 2
King Ahab was about as evil a figure as you will find throughout the Bible. In this latest chapter, he allows his wife to rig a hearing so that false witnesses can have a man killed so that Ahab can put in a vegetable garden. This is just the latest in a long line of evil and vile acts that the King and his wife had conducted.
In vs. 25 Elijah proclaims to Ahab that judgment is coming. His entire family will die and his kingdom overthrown.
But stunningly, Ahab repents.
What does God do? Does he reject his repentance and sentence him to hell? Does he tell him to drop the phony act?
No, he accepts Ahab’s repentance. He tells Ahab that the disaster on Israel won’t come during his lifetime.
A single act of repentance by an evil king and God grants mercy. If he can give mercy to Ahab, he can grant forgiveness to anyone who turns to him!