(NIV1984) 1 Kings 22:1 – “For three years there was no war between Aram and Israel.”
Woo-hoo new chapter!
Woo-hoo last chapter of 1 Kings!
Woo-hoo an exact time! …-ish! 🙂
As you can see, I am excited. Now, spoiler alert, Elijah’s not in this chapter, but we do get to see other prophets this chapter – like Micaiah, who has a name! – and how they interact both with each other and with the kings and how God deals with them differently. Not only that, but this chapter marks the end of Ahab’s life – culmination of that part of the prophecy at the end of the last chapter. It’s really interesting how that comes about – it’s SUCH a God thing! – but we’ll get to that later. So, let’s begin, shall we?
So – the first thing we get and notice in this chapter is that phrase, “For three years”. This is reminiscent of when Elijah stopped the rain – things seem to happen in the third year. Also interesting is the specific statement of a time here – three years. A lot of passages earlier were not this specific. So – this, although not completely new – is worth noticing.
Then it sets the stage – “there was no war between Aram and Israel.” We can possibly expect that to change in up-coming verses.