Read 1 Kings 22:1-28
Hate for the Truth
When Ahab and Jehoshaphat joined forces to battle at Ramoth Gilead, Ahab gathered his prophets and asked if they should proceed. The prophets answered, “Go up, for the Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king” (1 Kings 22:6).
The text does not say that these were prophets of God, nor does the term “Lord” in the verse refer to Jehovah. It was a word that could have just as easily referred to a false god such as Baal, and knowing Ahab’s history, is it really a stretch to believe these were false prophets of a false god? Add to that Jehoshaphat’s hesitance to accept their prophecy, saying, “Is there not still a prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of Him?” (1 Kings 22:7). In this instance, the word “Lord” does refer specifically to Jehovah.
Ahab’s response is especially telling. “There is still one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the Lord; but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil” (1 Kings 22:8). How interesting that Ahab would despise one who speaks the truth and would rather listen to the lies that would lead to his destruction!
Soldiers of the cross today will face opposition from folks who want to be told they are fine as they are. They want to remain comfortable in their sin. They are self-serving individuals who do not want to submit to the authority of God’s Word.
Just as Elijah was called a “troubler of Israel” (1 Kings 18:17) and an “enemy” of the king (1 Kings 21:20), and Micaiah was hated for his truthful prophecy, so too faithful proclaimers of truth today will be considered troublemakers.
The purpose of teaching the truth is to lead others to repentance, to lead them to discipleship. We are tasked with making disciples for Jesus, but that does not end with baptism. We must continue “teaching them to observe all things” commanded by the Lord (Matthew 28:19-20). In doing so, we will face resistance to the truth. Some will turn away from God, refusing to give up their sins.
Never compromise. Never stop teaching the truth. Understand that you will face rejection and some will even hate you. “Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?” (Galatians 4:16).