2 Kings 9.5-8 & Isaiah 55.8-9
The death of Ahab & his family
Posted: 31 July 2010 in 2 Kings, Isaiah

“And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain…. and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel. And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel:”

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

The first thing to cross the mind of somebody after reading those verses from 2 Kings might be that the sentence pronounced by God is pretty tough on the descendants of Ahab – especially as it appears to violate a principle set out in Deuteronomy 24.16: “The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers.”

However, for me a couple of thoughts flow from this. The first is that Deuternonmy contains a principle set forth by God for us to obey. It is not supposed to constrain the sovereign freedom of God.

The second thought is that we need to take on board the warning contained in the verse from Isaiah – God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. It needs to be remembered that it is God, not us, who is the sovereign Lord and Judge of all creation, and it is God, not us, who disposes all things according to the good pleasure of his own will.

God is the Lord, we are his creatures, and it is simply not for us to question his actions.

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