Nov 26 2018
(audio sermon by Gary Sampson)
The 400 prophets of Ahab were bought. They could only say what he wanted. Micaiah refused to be bought. Are you being manipulated and controlled by your boss, friends, family, community. Don’t be bought!
Speakers notes follow –
Don’t be Bought
2 Chronicles 18:1-19.3
PSG v Red star Belgrade – Official 5m to lose by 5 goals – bought
Text – 400 say ‘victory’ – but bought – not only ones…
The Bought King – Jehoshaphat
Israel stronger – alliance: godly with ungodly – marriage – Jehu ‘Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord?’ (19.2)
Feasting in honour – hidden agenda – favour for favour is bribery – Police stops for speeding – money in license – brought
Jehoshaphat trying to follow God – ‘first seek Lord / Any prophets of Lord’ – weakly entered alliance with unbeliever – almost dies
Are you bought – in bad relationship – being controlled?
The Bought Prophets – The 400
Prophets wanting kings favour – kings could do a lot for you
‘Victory‘ – all 400 saying same – seems a done deal
Zedekiah most demonstrative – wanting kings attention
Beware prophets of triumph – ‘Year of abundance, miracles, prosperity, glory’
True prophet will denounce cries of triumph – strip off exalting titles, remove shiny suits, burn glory seeking poster – told to recognise the one who made himself nothing – rode a donkey – washed feet
Many prophets today play to audience – they’re bought
The Prophet that couldn’t be bought – Micaiah
Jehoshaphat asks for prophet of Lord – one left – hated
Messenger advises ‘agree’ – Micaiah declines – can’t be bought
First sarcastic ‘Victory’ in front of prophets + kings
Then Lords word (1) to king (2) to false prophets – slapped
Micaiah’s word contradicted the 400 – he stood alone – word came true – Ahab though disguised hit by random arrow
Don’t be bought!
We’re all prophets/esses – represent God in our circles – but can’t if bought!
Wanting favour of friends, bosses, family, rulers hinders truth
Pressure – Ahab‘s authority + power (more than president or boss) – 400 prophets (colleagues: we’re together, team spirit, unity, don’t be negative) – messenger personal word (don’t rock boat, wrong time, all united)
Truth more important than unity – Jesus: not peace but a sword
Micaiah didn’t give gospel – gave word on battle – speak all truth
Not just bought by money – guilt / relationship
Uncle saying don’t marry / harambee guilt control / selling pen
Church often bought – meant to be prophets to Gov – Political candidate request
Jesus never bought / never was bought – died for us – free to accept if you want
Don’t be bought
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