2 Chronicles 18:9-13 NLTse (9) King Ahab of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah, dressed in their royal robes, were sitting on thrones at the threshing floor near the gate of Samaria. All of Ahab’s prophets were prophesying there in front of them. (10) One of them, Zedekiah son of Kenaanah, made some iron horns and proclaimed, “This is what the LORD says: With these horns you will gore the Arameans to death!” (11) All the other prophets agreed. “Yes,” they said, “go up to Ramoth-gilead and be victorious, for the LORD will give the king victory!” (12) Meanwhile, the messenger who went to get Micaiah said to him, “Look, all the prophets are promising victory for the king. Be sure that you agree with them and promise success.” (13) But Micaiah replied, “As surely as the LORD lives, I will say only what my God says.”
Why did Ahab listen to the other prophets inside the palace, but move the thrones outside to meet Micaiah at the city gate? Was Ahab afraid of Micaiah, or was he afraid to meet God, and let God into his home?
The fact Ahab changed the scene should tell us something about people, at least the way Ahab thought, and how he viewed God. Ahab didn’t want God to see how he was living. Ahab didn’t want God to see how his wife decorated the palace with all kinds of idols. Ahab had such a low view of God, he thought if he kept Micaiah out of the palace, God would never see what he was trying to hide. This is evidence showing how Ahab thought he could hid from God. But it didn’t work. Ahab should have known God as well as Jehoshaphat did. God saved Ahab the same way Jehoshaphat was saved. That showed how two people can receive the same answer, but look at it two different ways.
But Ahab’s provincial commanders and the entire army had now come out to fight. Each Israelite soldier killed his Aramean opponent, and suddenly the entire Aramean army panicked and fled. The Israelites chased them, but King Ben-hadad and a few of his charioteers escaped on horses. However, the king of Israel destroyed the other horses and chariots and slaughtered the Arameans. Afterward the prophet said to King Ahab, “Get ready for another attack. Begin making plans now, for the king of Aram will come back next spring.” (1 Kings 20:19-22 NLTse).
It was okay for Ahab to listen to God when he needed help, and receive that help when it benefited him, but Ahab seemed to have little use for God when the problems were solved. If Ahab had Jehoshaphat’s help, why would he need God again?
We also see how self made prophets create their own symbols, and interpretations to go along with them. Do we see the same problems with prophets today? We can see how the symbol was designed to represent the answer Ahab wanted to hear. In other words, the prophet had one answer in mind, then looked for a symbol that agreed with his answer.
We also see how the king’s guard tried to tell Micaiah how to answer for God. But Micaiah wouldn’t stand for that type of approach. Micaiah’s answer may not be popular, and may not agree with what others were saying, or thinking, but it was an answer directly from God, if and when God chose to provide an answer.