Divorce The World

30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him. 31 And as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, he took for his wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal and worshiped him. 32 He erected an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he built in Samaria. 33 And Ahab made an Asherah. Ahab did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him. ~ 1 Kings 16:30-33

Not only did Ahab walk in all of the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, but “…he took for his wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal and worshiped him.” What was so bad about that?

Jezebel was a worshipper of Baal and a woman of great wickedness who killed the prophets and urged her husband to do more to provoke the anger of the LORD than all the other kings that were before him, according to verse 33.

Ethbaal, Jezebel’s father, was king of the Sidonians, whose land belonged to Israel, according to the Promise. He, too, worshipped Baal. So, instead of being an enemy to God’s enemy, Ahab joined them, uniting with them in marriage. He took a sacred covenant God Himself established and perverted it by marrying not only himself to evil but the entire nation of Israel.

King Ahab didn’t see the evil, nor did he understand the weight of his actions. His entire household perished in the end because he refused to be an enemy to God’s enemy. That doesn’t mean that he needed to hate them, but that he needed to make a stand against them. That he needed to refuse an alliance with them and, even more so, to refuse to welcome and endorse their evil customs.

Today, many of us are marrying the enemy. We’re not just supporting evil, but we are promoting it. And just as Ahab used the sacred covenant of marriage to turn from God, we are perverting the sacred love of God to turn away from God. We are called by God to love people, but not their sin. We don’t accept nor do we endorse sin. We don’t give it a sign of approval and then say, “Well, God loves everybody.” This is called perverting the love of God.

Peter told us to be sober-minded and watchful because the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. We can’t allow the world to lull us to sleep with lies of unity because, in reality, the Devil doesn’t truly want unity; he wants division between us and God. Therefore, wake up from your spiritual slumber and pay attention to the Word of the LORD. Don’t allow the world to convince you that it’s wrong to follow Jesus and believe every word that comes from the LORD.

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