Background: King Ahab was one of the wickedest kings that Israel had ever known. Ahab’s enemy King Ben-hadad of Aram had mobilized a large army and had come to destroy King Ahab and steal all his wealth. Ahab had consulted his 400 prophets to find out if he should go out and fight. These 400 prophets all prophesied that King Ahab would be victorious. Then King Ahab asked Micaiah, a prophet of God what he thought.
Ask the children…
What did the messenger sent from King Ahab to Micaiah urge Micaiah to do?
“Meanwhile, the messenger who went to get Micaiah said to him, ‘Look, all the prophets are promising victory for the king. Be sure that you agree with them and promise success.’” (1 Kings 22:13)
What did Micaiah promise to do?
“But Micaiah replied, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, I will say only what the Lord tells me to say.’” (1 Kings 22:14)
Michaiah would not be influenced to please King Ahab and to speak falsely like the other prophets had done. He would stand up and speak the Lord’s counsel no matter what the consequences were. And Micaiah did just that and prophesied that King Ahab’s army would go down in defeat and be scattered and King Ahab would die.
Ask your children when was the last time they were tempted to be silent or to not speak the truth because of peer pressure? Discuss it with them and how they felt and what they did. Share your own story. Pray for each other for strength to be Micaiah’s who speak what is true no matter what the consequences might be.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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