Sat 8th August – Read 1 Kings 21:25-29:
V25: Here is the solemn record of Scripture, that even among the godless kings of Israel, there was none like Ahab – he is, as it were ” the worst of a bad bunch!” and Jezebel was instrumental in inciting him to this wickedness.
V26: Again it is recorded how he pursued the worship of abominable false gods, like those of the nations God had previously driven out of the land to give His people possession of it – now, under Ahab, they are just like those nations – but “God is not mocked.”
V27-29: So it is almost with amazement that we now read that Ahab is now brought, in fear, to humble himself before God. and the Lord tells Elijah that because of this, the full judgement he has declared will not fall in Ahab’s own day, but once his son has succeeded him. These are difficult verses to understand – clearly Ahab’s ” change of heart” falls far short of genuine repentance. and he surely does not come to real faith, yet God will at times tarry judgement in temporal mercy at even a measure of contrition under the convicting power of His Word. But praise God, if we know the full measure of His mercy and grace, through true repentance and saving faith in Christ.