The text for the sermon at church yesterday was 1 Kings 22. It is a story i haven’t looked at in a long time.
The gist of it is that the prophet Micaiah has the audacity to speak the truth to the King of Israel who had wanted to go to war and reclaim land he said belonged to him. As the story unfolds you see that Micaiah is in an extreme minority: of 401 prophets in the land, Micaiah is the only one that doesn’t simply tell the king what he wants to here.
So the score is: 400 to 1. Micaiah stands alone in telling the king the truth.
According to the story, the King of Israel initially does not consult Micaiah at all about the invasion because, in the king’s words:
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 [verse 8].
Micaiah has a reputation of seeking the Lord seriously and speaking what the Lord gives him seriously, regardless of whether it is easy for the king to hear.
We need a movement of men who will be Micaiahs in this world, particularly when it comes to dealing with the pornification of our society. We need men who will “inquire of the Lord,” to use the phrase from the passage. Men who seek God for wisdom and direction, and then speak it to others as they live under the truth they have received from God.
Men need to speak to other men when the 400 prophets are telling people that porn is fine; that indulging in a secret fantasy life is just what it means to be man; and speaking to our culture about the damage porn causes. And we as former addicts and recovering addicts need Micaiahs in our lives as well. A prophet who just tells us what we want to hear is of no use at all.
Because the world is full of 400 prophets who will say anything the appease whatever desire we have.
In the story, the King of Israel is routed and killed. The 400 were horribly wrong. Micaiah was right, but for his effort he is imprisoned.
When we speak the truth about porn and lust it will often be poorly received, but to reject to true counsel of God will lead to our own death and destruction. Throughout scripture, including the story of Micaiah, we see the consequences.
Another passage that draws the stark contrast for us is Psalm 1.
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.