Summary: The Nineth Commandment: The story of prophet Micaiah’s firm stand against 400 false prophets who lied to King Ahab.
1 Kings 22:6-14 Speak the Truth
Telling the truth is not easy for us, but God demands that we do that. 9th Commandment tells us not to lie. Exo 20:16 You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.
A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17."
The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up.
The minister smiled and said, "Mark has only 16 chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying."
Jesus says the devil "is a liar and the father of lies." (John 8:44) ...He does not hold to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language.
· Husband and wife must be true to each other - that would solve a lot of problems. Parents must explain the truth to their children and help them understand. We must teach children to be honest and tell the truth.
· Jesus always use the phrase, "Truly, truly, I said to you..."
Today we want to learn from one man in the Bible, an OT prophet Micaiah. If you want an example your children can follow, here it is - in 1 Kings 22.
He lived in the days of wicked King Ahab of Israel. The King wanted to pick a war with his neighbouring country Aram (Syria), claiming that one of the cities in their land belong to Israel - Ramoth Gilead. King Ahab asked his friend King Jehoshaphat (Judah) for help and he was given this advice: "First seek the counsel of the Lord." (v.5)
So King Ahab brought together his prophets - 400 of them... "Shall I go to war against Aram or should I not?" The false prophets did not really consult God... They just wanted their own ways. "Go," the answered, "for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand." (v.6)
Ahab’s friend Jehoshaphat must have been a little skeptical about 400 prophets all agreeing so completely on something. So he asked Ahab, "Is there not a prophet of the Lord here whom we can inquire of?" (v.7)
Ahab said there was - Micaiah, the no. 401 prophet - but said, "I hate him because he never said anything good about me, but always bad." (v.8)
You see, truth is not always nice, but it’s the truth. Eph 4:15 "Instead, speaking the truth in love..." Telling the truth set us free - Jesus: "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)
The Lord loves those who are truthful - Psalm 15:1-3
1LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?
2He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart 3and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman...
So they decided to send for Micaiah. A messenger was asked to fetch Micaiah. And he said to him (v.13), "Look, as one man the other prophets are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favourably."