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Summary: We study some Old testament types: Ahab, Benhadad, Samaria, four leprous men... arise and go toward the problem...

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UNDER SEIZE ... The King has ONE MORE MOVE...

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

Thanks to Zollie Smith USA Missions of the Assemblies of God for the fodder for this lesson.

I. INTRODUCTION:

A. Hear my first thought:

So many today are praying for God to change the wind. It appears that the winds are blowing

CONTRARY to what we think they should be blowing.

So we ask God: GOD PLEASE CHANGE THE WINDS!

God gives man wisdom: MAN, WHY DON’T YOU CHANGE YOUR SAILS?

B. SEIZE:

To take hold of forcibly or suddenly.

To take possession by force.

Arrest or apprehend.

To take advantage eagerly.

C. Remember our REAL HOME.

An old song says: This world is not my home, I am just passing through...

Heaven is no fairy tale.

HEAVEN IS A PREPARED PLACE FOR A PREPARED PEOPLE.

D. Heaven is a real place.

I picked up a hitchhiker many years ago.

I witnessed to him and spoke about heaven.

He told me he did not believe in heaven, he had never been there, so heaven could not be real?

I asked him did he believe there was a place known as Paris, France?

Of course, he believed. Yet, he had never been there.

I asked him if he accepted London, England as a reality?

Well, of course I do Preacher, was his reply.

I asked him had he ever been there? No, was his answer.

I asked him if he knew anyone personally that had ever been to England or France?

His answer was negative.

I could not understand why he could accept the reality of Paris, London, or Rome if he could

not accept the reality of heaven?

I GAVE THE MAN A PERSONAL INVITATION: COME AND GO WITH ME TO MY FATHER’S

HOUSE...

II. LET ME INTRODUCE TO YOU A PEOPLE UNDER SEIZE.

WE HAVE THREE GROUPS OF PEOPLE IN TODAY’S BIBLE LESSON:

OUR FIRST TYPE IS THE TYPE OF AHAB: the backslidden christian,

SPOILED ROTTEN AND DEMANDING HIS WAY. AHAB WAS THE 7TH KING OF ISRAEL.

1 Kings 16:29 And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of

Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and

two years.

[30] And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him.

A. Ahab married an EVIL WOMAN NAMED: JEZEBEL.

B. Ahab and Jezebel hated the PREACHER, ELIJAH. Ahab hated the word of God.

Ahab and Jezebel promised to kill the Preacher.

C. Jezebel introduced Ahab to the WORSHIP of a gold calf.

The two of them find the POPULAR god Baal to be better than Abraham’s God.

D. 400 false preachers told Ahab --- GO AHEAD TO WAR AND YOU WILL WIN...

1 Preacher named MICAIH WARNED Ahab, Don’t do it!

E. AHAB THINKS HE CAN DISGUISE HIMSELF AND NOBODY WILL NOTICE HIS

BACKSLIDDEN POSITION.

F. SIN AND GREED AND A DEMAND FOR POPULARITY WILL ALWAYS LEAD TO

DYSFUNCTIONAL, SELF-CENTERED CHRISTIANS...

III. THE SECOND TYPE IS THAT OF BEN-HA-DAD II --- King of Damascus.

BENHADAD HAS COME TO REMOVE THE FOCUS AND PRESENCE OF GOD FROM

THE MIDST OF THE PEOPLE. BENHADAD’S TOOLS WERE FEAR AND A LACK OF

TRUSTING GOD.

Benhadad is a type of the WORLD TRYING TO GAIN INFLUENCE OF THE CHURCH.

A. Benhadad is a type of a selfish person doing his/her own thing.

B. BENHADAD IS A KING FOR HIRE... he works for the highest bidder.

1 Kings 15:18 Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in the treasures of the

house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king’s house, and delivered them into the hand

of his servants: and king Asa sent them to Ben-hadad, the son of Tabrimon, the son of

Hezion, king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,

C. Benhadad’s goal is GOLD.

How much gold and silver is enough?

Well, a little more... SIN ALWAYS CALLS FOR A LITTLE MORE...

D. Sin is like Mom’s cake icing, if you take one lick, you have to have another lick...

E. BENHADAD WILL COMPROMISE HIS IDEAS AND BELIEF SYSTEM FOR

MORE MONEY AND MORE POWER AND MORE POPULARITY...

F. BENHADAD HAD BIG PLANS ABOUT TOMORROW...

1 Kings 20:6 Yet I will send my servants unto thee to morrow about this time, and they shall

search thine house, and the houses of thy servants; and it shall be, that whatsoever is

pleasant in thine eyes, they shall put it in their hand, and take it away.

G. Benhadad is there to call black white, and white black?

Let’s make SIN TO THE SHADES OF GRAY...

H. Benhadad has come to place GREAT PANIC and FEAR within God’s camp.

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