06
Jul
11

God’s Grace Given To The Undeserving

Though Ahab is a wicked king, and he does almost everything in a way that is displeasing to God, we see that God still may choose to pour out His blessing on His people – Israel.

Then Ben-Hadad sent another message to Ahab: “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if enough dust remains in Samaria to give each of my men a handful.”

The king of Israel answered, “Tell him: ‘One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.’”

Ben-Hadad heard this message while he and the kings were drinking in their tents, and he ordered his men: “Prepare to attack.” So they prepared to attack the city

Meanwhile a prophet came to Ahab king of Israel and announced, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Do you see this vast army? I will give it into your hand today, and then you will know that I am the LORD.’”   — 1 Kings 20:10:13

After all the evil that Ahab has done, I marvel at God’s grace in giving victory to him over the king of Aram.  God’s providence extends beyond those who deserve it – which is a good thing for ALL of us.  Indeed, later in the chapter, we see that God allows the Israelites to kill 127,000 of the Arameans in a short time frame.

So when Ahab sees every prophecy given by the Lord to come true, along with the utter defeat of his own prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, why does he still not admit that God is Lord and start serving Him?

Note:  Though the title indicates that God gives His grace to the undeserving king in this passage, we know that this is the very definition of grace.  We are all undeserving of God’s gift – yet He offers it to us anyway.

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