A Short Study of 1st Kings 22:8

“And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.” 
(1st Kings 22:8)

The believer must often feel like Micaiah must have felt with regards to what we must say to men and women. Like him, we have nothing good to say ABOUT them. Why? Because God says that there is “none good, no not one” (Psalm 14:1; Psalm 53:1; Romans 3:10). Nothing good can be said about those who by nature are like Ahab. There is no good news about man in himself. The good news is TO men, for men! The good news is the gospel of grace, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a report of the only good Man, the Man Christ Jesus!

People want to be told what to do but the gospel message has to do with something that is already done, the finished work of Christ.

They want to be told “how” to live a righteous life but the gospel message has to do with an imputed righteousness, a gift from God accounted to the believing sinner.

Men want to be praised for their works, but the believer must tell them that salvation is “not of works lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:9). It is “not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to his mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5).

They want advice on how to quit sinning but we must tell them of Him who knew no sin and who bore the sins of many in His own body on the cross (2nd Corinthians 5:19-21; 1st Peter 2:24).

The believer is sent to tell the truth about God but their carnal minds are at enmity against Him.

The gospel message speaks of spiritual things but they desire to hear of things appealing to the flesh.

They seek advice but rarely heed it because when we tell them what the Word says, what it commands them to do, it is contrary to what they WANT to do. It isn’t appealing to them and before long they quit asking and often quit hearing at all. They didn’t want advice, they wanted approval! But Christ said, “My sheep hear my voice…” There are a few who listen to the preached word and to Bible-based advice and they, because of the quickening Spirit of God, are given faith and enabled to receive the Word of truth with gladness! I thank God for them and rejoice with them, knowing that it is God in grace who makes them to differ. They know that true gospel preachers can only speak good about them and to them in Christ! Let others say “Peace, peace” when there is no peace, but not the believer. Men “heap to themselves teachers having itching ears.” Beloved brethren, do not be one of them.

G. Shepard

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