1 Kings 22:34b-35

(NIV1984) 1 Kings 22:34b-35 – “The king told his chariot driver, ‘Wheel around and get me out of the fighting.  I’ve been wounded.’  All day long the battle raged, and the king was propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans.  The blood from his wound ran onto the floor of the chariot, and that evening he died.”

Ok – wounded between the sections of his armor.  Taken out of the fighting.  Why didn’t Ahab go to a medic?!

He stayed in his chariot all day long and faced the Arameans.  Ahab was just seriously wounded!  Why did he stay to watch the battle?!  If he had fled, would the army have fled?  Was Ramoth Gilead worth his life?  Was he really that stubborn about getting what he wanted?  If he had gone to a medic, could he have been saved?  Could the Aramean chariot commanders not tell that Ahab’s chariot was the one facing them?  Or did Ahab do that so that he could see any future attackers and protect himself?

Whatever the reason – Micaiah’s prophecy from the LORD came true – Ahab met disaster in the battle.  Ahab is dead at the hands of the people he had mercy on – without the LORD’s permission.  All in all, it makes sense.

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