Summary: Looking at three men who had three completely different outcomes as a result of their actions and attitudes.
A Model, A Moron, and Abundant Mercy
1 Co. 15:33
33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (KJV)
33 No os engañéis; las malas conversaciones corrompen las buenas costumbres. (RVG04)
2 Co. 6:14
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (KJV)
14 No os unáis en yugo desigual con los incrédulos; porque ¿qué compañerismo tiene la justicia con la injusticia? ¿Y qué comunión la luz con las tinieblas? (RVG04)
Central text: 2 Chr. 18:1-9:1
In many ways, Jehoshaphat, is remembered as one of the greatest kings of Judah. During his reign, there was a great reform that swept the land. As great as he was in leadership, he was equally as bad in relations and friendships.
He married into the family of Ahab. Ahab and Jezebel were evil, idol worshipping king and queen of Israel. This union was arranged purely out of political convenience.
He united with Ahab to fight against the enemies of Israel. It was only by the mercy of God that he escaped with his life.
On another occasion, he made alliance with King Ahaziah, with a goal of attaining great riches. God intervened and literally wrecked the whole scheme.
I. The Man who was Sure and Secure---Micaiah
II. The Man who was Sinful and Sentenced---Ahab
III. The Man who was Salvaged and Spared---Jehoshaphat
We all like to have friends. It is a good thing, right?
9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. (KJV)
9 Mejores son dos que uno; porque tienen mejor paga de su trabajo. (RVG04)
There are times that our faithfulness to the truth of God's Word, will limit our friendships, and even distance us from others. Sometimes following the will of God means that we stand alone.
Micaiah had a testimony. He was known as one who did not follow the majority. He was not a "yes" man.
He spent many an hour alone, without anyone to befriend him.
This prophet is not out to "win friends and influence people". He has a message that he is delivering because he knows that it is direct from God and that it will come to pass. After all, that is the test of a prophet.
The pressure is put him to cave in; to compromise. Why not join in agreement with the rest of the crowd, just this one time? Some of the prophets are even using drama and illustration to make it entertaining.
At least Micaiah could "plead the fifth" and then he could make a case for having been nuetral. No, no, no.
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (KJV)
4 Adúlteros y adúlteras, ¿no sabéis que la amistad del mundo es enemistad contra Dios? Cualquiera, pues, que quisiere ser amigo del mundo, se constituye enemigo de Dios. (RVG04)
He uses sarcasm at first. I am sure that it was evident in his voice. Thus, Ahab demands him to quit playing around and give him the truth.