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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.


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