1Kings 18:1-45, “17 Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “Is that you, O troubler of Israel?” 18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals.”
Whenever you are dealing with happenings, we need to get to the starting point, the root. Without understanding the starting point, finger pointing can easily be done. In our day, people are finger pointing politicians, mother nature, religious leaders, young people, Hollywood etc. In the midst of finger pointing, we try to deal with the symptoms ignoring to address the bigger issue lying underneath those symptoms.
Elijah had proclaimed a time of draught in Israel in 1Kings 17. The first question to ask is, why would a man of God proclaim a draught? It was because of the sins of the Israelites. Ahab’s father Omri was a wicked king reliving the evil ways of Jeroboam. When Ahab became the next king, he took the wickedness of his father and Jeroboam to a greater level. As Matthew Henry better highlights it, “Ahab did evil above all that reigned before him, and did it with a particular enmity both against Jehovah and Israel. He was not satisfied with breaking the second commandment by image-worship, he broke the first by worshipping other gods: making light of lesser sins makes way for greater. Marriages with daring offenders also imbolden in wickedness, and hurry men on to the greatest excesses. One of Ahab’s subjects, following the example of his presumption, ventured to build Jericho. Like Achan, he meddled with the accursed thing; turned that to his own use, which was devoted to God’s honor: he began to build, in defiance of the curse well devoted to God’s honor: he began to build, in defiance of the curse well known in Israel; but none ever hardened his heart against God, and prospered” Ahab was trouble with capital T. 1Kings 16:33,” And Ahab made a wooden image. Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him”.
Now that we know who he was, can you imagine what he must have told his people about the draught? Of course the draught was a symptom to something bigger lying beneath the draught to be addressed. Not according to Ahab, he considered himself the good king, the trouble maker was none other than Elijah the prophet of God. He (Ahab) was the one fighting for the people, leading them to worship, parading himself as to what he was not. Despite his thoughts of himself, Obadiah his servant knew better. He hid the righteous from being massacred by Jezebel, Ahab’s wife who was as wicked as he was, if not to a greater level. Obadiah knew Elijah was the true man of God, when he saw him, he recognized Elijah as his lord and even bowed himself before him. Not with Ahab, he was righteous in his own eyes.
1Kings 18:1-45, “17 Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “Is that you, O troubler of Israel?” 18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals.” Is it not ironic that Ahab was the first to accuse Elijah of being the trouble maker? Well Elijah did not spare him but revealed to him that he was the trouble maker and why he considered him that way.
There is an assault on the word of God through movies, feminism, same sex marriages, ways to build marriages, raise kids etc. Apostle Paul is accused of being a trouble maker in addressing biblical headship, marriages etc. The church is considred trouble maker (hate speech) when speaking against certain sins. In summary, those who expose the lies of the enemy will be considered trouble makers. Those who expose the sin in the world the reason for many of the calamities we face will be considered trouble makers. While Elijah proclaimed a draught that affected the land, he was a prophet sent to restore Israel to God and the draught was part of that purging process in preparation for restoration. And we see that after this meeting with Ahab, he challenges him to prove the true God before ending the draught.
One may guess how people stand affected to God, by observing how they stand affected to his people and ministers. It has been the lot of the best and most useful men, like Elijah, to be called and counted the troublers of the land. Ahab thought to awe him into submission, but the prophet boldly and un disguisedly told the king that the national calamity was traceable chiefly to his own and his family’s patronage and practice of idolatry. While he pointed a finger at Elijah, three of his fingers pointed at him.
It’s easy to look at the symptoms and blame someone else. Can we be honest with ourselves and look deeper past the symptoms and see what the true heart of the issue are and repent to God and be restored? Proverbs 28:13, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” God is not the trouble maker, we are and only in humility and repentance can we be restored. Blessings Ev