Elijah: Inevitable Judgment

Sunday, September 9, 2018 ()

Bible Text: 1 Kings 21:1-29 | Series:

Elijah: Inevitable Judgment

1 Kings 21:1–29

Elijah delivered God’s prophetic judgment of Ahab and Jezebel at Jezreel. There is coming another prophetic judgment of God in the valley of Jezreel in the future.

  1. The lust of sin dominated Ahab - 21:1–4
    1. Ahab already had at his fingertips anything he could have wanted.
    2. Ahab coveted another man’s possessions - Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet.
    3. Naboth by way of contrast lived contented with what the Lord had given him and would not sell it - Numbers 36:7 So the inheritance of the children of Israel shall not change hands from tribe to tribe, for every one of the children of Israel shall keep the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers. 
  1. The lust of sin dominated Jezebel - 21:5–16
    1. Jezebel lusted for power.
    2. Jezebel used slander and murder to get what she wanted.
    3. Jezebel has come to be known as a personification of evil in its most malicious form - Revelation 2:20–23
  1. The Lord judged Ahab and Jezebel for their sin - 21:17–29
    1. The sin of Ahab and Jezebel was not hidden from the Lord - Jeremiah 16:17 For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity hidden from My eyes.
    2. God will exact vengeance upon the wicked - Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, For the reward of his hands shall be given him. 
    3. Ahab willingly gave himself over to his sinful lusts.
    4. Jezebel seduced and drew Ahab further and deeper into sin.
    5. The Lord rendered a prophetic judgment upon Ahab.
    6. Ahab was brought low in his spirit. This was not a full repentance but a realization of the terrifying judgment of God.
    7. The Lord was longsuffering and postponed His judgment:
      1. Three years later Ahab tried to dodge his fate (1 Kings 22:1–40).
      2. Fifteen years later God appointed Jehu to exact vengeance upon Jezebel and the house of Ahab (2 Kings 9–10).

God’s final judgment is coming upon the earth. Do not mistake God’s delay in judgment as if He has done away with judgment - 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.