(NIV1984) 1 Kings 21:20a – “Ahab said to Elijah, ‘So you have found me, my enemy!'”
Well, we know that Elijah followed and obeyed God once again and went to see Ahab. It’s such a characteristic thing that it doesn’t even have to be said at this point – just that, all of a sudden, he’s there. What is surprising and interesting is what Ahab calls Elijah – his “enemy” – and that Elijah “found” him. Was Ahab in hiding? Or just hiding what he had done – let happen – to Naboth? He knew it was wrong, so why did he expect Elijah to be the one who would tell him that?
Perhaps Ahab didn’t so much believe in God as he believed whatsoever he was told. Or – perhaps he felt that some prophets of the LORD were more beneficial to him than others. In this case, it would make sense that Ahab is calling Elijah his enemy.
But what’s interesting between this time and earlier, when Ahab called him the “troubler of Israel” (NIV1984, 1 Kings 18:17) is that this time it’s personal. Elijah isn’t Israel‘s enemy; he’s Ahab’s. And that’s a big deal – especially since there’s no recording of Ahab responding that way to the prophets in chapter 20.
Perhaps Ahab is just getting to the point where he can only expect doom and gloom from the prophets of the LORD – when he expects they’ll just prophesy against him no matter what he does. Perhaps it’s a “no matter what I do, I’ll never do anything right” thought – and that really does fit into the attitude he had earlier this chapter.