The Arrow found its mark (I Kings 20-22)

34 But a certain man drew his bow at random[d] and struck the king of Israel between the scale armor and the breastplate. Therefore he said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn around and carry me out of the battle, for I am wounded.”  I Kings 20:34

At the end of his life King Ahab meet with his death on the field of battle as a certain man shout his arrow toward the enemy.  He did not know the arrow would find its mark with King Ahab.  The Bible teaches us the following truth:  “it is once appointed unto man to die, and after the death comes the judgment.”  Heb. 9:27

The arrow of death will find its mark in my life and in your life at God’s chosen time.  It is of no use to worry about when or to worry about how.  Ours is the task of being ready to meet the Lord.

In this blog I want to focus on the arrow of God’s Word finding it’s mark in your heart!  I want to use King Ahab as our example.

The Bible teaches us that King Ahab was the most wicked king that had ever lived (21:25) up and until the time of the writing of I Kings.  In I Kings 21 God sent a familiar prophet (Elijah) with the arrow of judgment (21:21-23)

20 Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” He answered, “I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord. 21 Behold, I will bring disaster upon you. I will utterly burn you up, and will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel. 22 And I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the anger to which you have provoked me, and because you have made Israel to sin. 23 And of Jezebel the Lord also said, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel within the walls of Jezreel.’ 24 Anyone belonging to Ahab who dies in the city the dogs shall eat, and anyone of his who dies in the open country the birds of the heavens shall eat.”

Brothers and sisters, this was the arrow of God’s Word.  If you continue to read you will see a miracle that takes place (21:29).  Yes, it happened, Ahab repented!!!  Mark it down in your mind and heart, God’s Word found it’s mark in Ahab’s heart, mind, and soul.

Because of his repentance, God extended mercy to this king (21:29).  Take a moment and let this sink in.  I can honestly admit, the first time I every read this story, I openly questioned God. I asked, God how could you give mercy to such a man?  God’s response to me was humbling:  Keith, others ask why I have given mercy to you!!!

Brothers and sisters, this is the power of God’s Word.  God’s Word will find it’s mark in people’s hearts if we get the word to them and in them.  Two truths come to mind:

  1. God’s Word leads us to repentance, Rom. 2:4-5; I Tim. 2:2-6.
  2. God’s Word will lead others to repentance, I Tim. 1:15-16.

I believe some of you who read this today have loved ones who you have been praying.  You are discouraged today because it seems they are no closer to the Lord.  Take heart, God’s Word will eventually find its mark!  James 1:21 “The implanted Word will save a soul.”  

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