(NIV1984) 1 Kings 22:28-29 – “Micaiah declared, ‘If you ever return safely, the LORD has not spoken through me.’ Then he added, ‘Mark my words, all you people!’
“So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead.”
As far as I can see, Ahab’s name has only been used once on the entire chapter – by the LORD in verse 20 (NIV1984, 1 Kings 22:20). That just strikes me as odd. But maybe that’s a war thing – his name wasn’t used in the other chapter detailing the fight against the Arameans either – just his title “the king of Israel” (his name was used, just not as much). This is super interesting to me – public vs. private sphere, perhaps?
Anyway, Micaiah’s last words are interesting. They give a huge sense of foreboding…but other than that I don’t have much to say on them.
But 1 Kings 22:29 – they go to war anyway! Like, it’s one thing for Ahab to do it – although it does seem odd, since God’s prophecies came true for his battle last time – but Jehoshaphat?! Why is he going? He wanted a word from the LORD, and what he got was prophecy of Ahab’s disaster. Why is he still going? Does he want Ahab dead that much or something? Why is this something he is doing?