(NIV1984) 1 Kings 22:8a – “The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, ‘There is still one man through whom we can inquire of the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.'”
Only one man? What about Elijah? Where has he been the past three years? Has God finished using him in Ahab’s life? Why the switch? Why so many other prophets?
In this first part of the statement, we get two things. First, there are still other active prophets of the LORD. No matter how much he said it before, God is showing us again and again that Elijah is not alone. Secondly, Ahab doesn’t believe he can inquire of Elijah. Perhaps he realized from the three years of drought that he can’t find Elijah when he wants to do so and has given up on asking him for anything. Maybe there’s another reason. I don’t know. It’s just an interesting thing.