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I Kings – Chapter 22
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Aram and Israel had peace for three years. King Yehoshafat (Jehoshaphat) of Judah was visiting Ahab when Ahab mentioned that Ben-Hadad had not returned the city of Ramot Gilad. (Remember his promise in chapter 20 to return all the captured cities?) He asked Yehoshafat if he would join him in battle against Aram. Yehoshafat said, […]
I Kings – Chapter 21
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Despite the victories that G-d permitted him, Ahab didn’t improve. His neighbor Naboth (Navos) had a vineyard next to the palace. Ahab wanted to purchase the vineyard and make a vegetable garden out of it. He offered Naboth a better vineyard or cash for it, but Naboth replied, “G-d forbid that I should sell my […]
I Kings – Chapter 20
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Ben-Hadad, King of Aram, attacked Samaria, Ahab’s capital. He sent messengers telling Ahab, “Your silver and gold are mine and your wives and children are mine.” Ahab took this to mean that Ben-Hadad was claiming him as a vassal and he cowardly replied, “Whatever you say: I and all that I own are yours.” Ben-Hadad […]
I Kings – Chapter 19
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Ahab told Jezebel about what Elijah did on Mt. Carmel and she was not impressed. Just the opposite, she swore to kill Elijah for what he had done, so Elijah got out of town. (One cannot rely on a miracle to protect oneself from danger.) Elijah ran into the desert and took refuge under a […]
I Kings – Chapter 18
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This chapter tells of one of the most significant events in Jewish history: the “showdown” between G-d and the Baal on Mt. Carmel. (It wasn’t much of a showdown since one of the parties – the Baal – never actually showed up. But that’s because he doesn’t exist.) Let’s start at the beginning: The drought […]
I Kings – Chapter 17
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Elijah (Eliyahu) was a prophet (navi), who came from Toshav (making him a Tishbi) and lived in Gilad (also making him a Giladi – now you get the song!). Elijah went to Ahab with the following message: I swear by G-d that there will be no rain until I say so. (This was Elijah speaking, […]
I Kings – Chapter 16
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G-d spoke to the prophet Yehu about Baasa. Yehu was to tell Baasa that he really blew it. G-d elevated him to replace the sinful Yaravam, but all he did was perpetuate Yaravam’s evil. Therefore, his house would receive the same curse of extinction as Yaravam’s had suffered. Same deal: die in the city, eaten […]