There are three main characters in this chapter. The first is King Ahab, a man under the influence of Satan and self. Then there is King Jehoshaphat, a man who delights in Yahweh but is susceptible to the influence of ungodly people. Finally there is Micaiah, a stalwart prophet subject to God. It is this prophet that tells King Ahab that he will die in battle, it is this prophet who is hated be King Ahab for always being under God’s rule.
This is the story of a man named Naboth who owned a vineyard next to the winter palace of the wicked king Ahab and his evil wife Jezebel. These two diabolical people were Naboth’s neighbors. Ahab made an offer to buy the vineyard but Naboth refused, citing that it was inherited land. Ahab went home sulking and depressed for being told “no.” Then his wife devised a plan to frame Naboth for a capital crime. It worked and Naboth was stoned to death, Ahab assumed the vineyard but God sent Elijah to pronounce their doom.
The Syrian king Ben-Hadad demanded Ahab, the king of Israel, to surrender his wealth and family to him. Which Ahab agreed. Then the Syrian king demanded that his men would come to Israel’s capital city and take whatever they wanted to this Ahab said no. Two wars over two spring times followed with Israel winning both due to God’s intervention. But in the end God condemned Ahab for allowing the Syrian king to go free.
The wicked King Ahab told his wicked wife Jezebel all about Elijah’s victory on Mt. Carmel, which included Elijah having killed four hundred and fifty of Jezebel’s beloved prophets of Baal. For this she sent a messenger to Elijah with a promise to have him killed. Elijah ran for his life and ended up at Mt. Sinai. There God ministered to the prophet with His presence and gave him instructions which included raising up Elisha.
After three and a half years of no rain, God sends Elijah to King Ahab and invites him to meet him on Mt. Carmel, and to bring the many false prophets of Jezebel, King Ahab’s wicked wife. Once there Elijah sets the terms for the false prophets and himself, to build an altar, kill and slaughter a bull for it, but use no fire, the true God will ignite it, and Elijah’s Yahweh ignited his altar. Then the people slaughtered to wicked.