Friday, January 3, 2014
Ahab son of Omri began to rule over Israel in the thirty-eighth year of King Asa’s reign in Judah. He reigned in Samaria twenty-two years.
Ahab was a rotten king. In fact he was the worst in Israel’s history. He rejected the true God and became a pagan. Under his evil leadership, God’s people turned from following the Lord to following the pagan fertility God, Baal. God was not happy!
As a result God sent Elijah to pray for drought. And the heavens dried up for 31/2 years. A famine ensued, and King Ahab blamed Elijah and all the prophets of the God of Israel. There was persecution and death for anyone who named the name of Jehovah.
It is like that with evil leadership at the helm of any government. Those who stand for righteousness and truth will make evil leaders nervous.