August 18, 1 Kings 20:26-43
Just as the prophet foretold Ahab, Ben Hadad has indeed returned to do battle with Israel. We don't know the size of Israel's army, they are compared to two little flocks of goats and the Syrians filled the countryside. Later in the chapter we're told that Israel slaughtred more than 100,000 soldiers. Consider that most professional football stadiums hold between 80 and 100 thousand people, that's how many this small force killed in one day. Now Ben Hadad is hiding in the city, this same man was arrogant last year and proclaimed how he would pillage Samaria. He was so certain of himself then that he partied and got drunk and while doing so God humbled him. Now a year later he's returned with a larger force and again God has humbled this man yet he does not acknowledge God. Neither does Ahab for that matter. In both men we see a base characteristic of greed, Ben Hadad promises to give Ahab the cities he took before. This man was an enemy to Israel, should he be allowed to leave he will return to fight Israel again. Like the Geico add, it's what he does, yet for greed, for income and comerce Ahab has released his enemy that God gave into his hand. Not a good idea. The discourse with the prophet and the two different men may seem strange, it's an example though of Ahab being disobedient and another being obedient. Just as the first did not do as God commanded to strike the prophet, his life as Ahab's life is forfeit.
Today's workout, back biceps intervals.
Step up, pull up, burpee, biceps curl, jump rope, row, windmill, T.