1 Kings 22:17-18

(NIV1984) 1 Kings 22:17-18 – “Then Micaiah answered, ‘I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd, and the LORD said, “These people have no master.  Let each one go home in peace.”‘
“The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ‘Didn’t I tell you that he never prophesies anything good about me, but only bad?'”

I guess my main question is: would this second prophecy have come about – or even have been true – if Ahab had trusted Micaiah in the first place?  I also think it’s interesting that even after all the bad he has done to them, Ahab might still be considered a shepherd to Israel.  A bad one, to be sure, but isn’t that what he would be in that simile?  Or is that the point – that even with Ahab as king, the people of Israel are like sheep without a shepherd?

Either way, Ahab uses this to prove his point with Jehoshaphat, even though Micaiah had, just a few verses earlier, prophesied on Ahab’s behalf!  Is it possible that Ahab knows how badly this is going to go but is unable to talk himself out of it?

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