THAT’S NOT THE ANSWER I WANTED!

I Kings 22 

 

          I worked for a county as a youth Case Manager and I got an information report that one of the kids had attacked one of my staff. When I asked the staff member what happened he said this, “____ wanted to know why none of the girls at the facility would date him and I told him, ‘Maybe they don’t like you.’ When I said that he started hitting me and yelling, ‘That’s not the answer I wanted!’.” 

 

          Go ahead and laugh – even the staff that had been hurt did! Many times, people ask a question and they aren’t satisfied with the answer they get, much like the youngster in my story. Sometimes, like kids with do, they will ask one person and the answer is not what they wanted, so they will go to someone else and ask, hoping for approval. 

          Growing up my brother and I would use triangulation on my parents. “Julian, Mama likes you better than me so you ask her if we can go. I’ll ask Daddy cuz I’m pretty sure he likes me. Then which ever parent says, ‘yes’ if we get caught, we can say, ‘Daddy said it was okay!’.” 

 

          In the story from the Word in I Kings 22 we see Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah coming to Ahab, king of Israel, and Ahab asking him to join in a war against Syria (v.4). Jehoshaphat wants to consult God to get a word on whether or not they should go to war (v. 5). 

          Ahab gathers 400 “prophets” (Hmmmm) and asks them (Note! He didn’t ask them to enquire of God) if they should go to war or not. Now these “prophets” aren’t stupid.  

          “Absolutely Sire! Go to battle because the Lord will make you victorious!” 

          Now in verse 7 Jehoshaphat asks if there isn’t another prophet of the Lord to consult. Sounds like he didn’t have a lot of confidence in those 400 “prophets”.  

Here comes the “That’s not the answer I wanted!” moment in verse 8. “There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.” 

The messenger, sent by Ahab, says, “Hey man, everybody else is giving the king good news that he will win. Please be like them and tell the king the same thing!” 

Micaiah tells the messenger, “Whatever God tells me to say, that’s what I will say.” When Micaiah gets to the king, he tells him, “Go ahead! You will be successful!” (v. 15) 

Ahab knows better. “Haven’t I told you to tell me the truth?” Micaiah was like, “Okay fine. I saw Israel scattered like sheep without a shepherd. And God says, ‘These have no master, let them return home in peace.’.” 

This is not what Ahab wanted to hear and he turns to Jehoshaphat and says, “See? What did I tell you, he never has anything good to tell me only evil!” (v. 18) 

          There is more to the story, but this thought goes all through Ahab’s time as king when prophets, sent by God, confronted him, “That’s not the answer I wanted!!!”