1 Kings 20–21: Ahab's Continued Disobedience

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 110


In 1 Kings 20 we read about battles Ahab and Israel had with Syria and its leader Ben-hadad. The Lord helped Ahab and Israel win the battles. After capturing Ben-hadad, however, Ahab made a treaty with Ben-hadad instead of killing him, as a prophet commanded him to do. As a result, Ahab was told he would be punished for his disobedience.Another story of how wicked Ahab and Jezebel were is found in 1 Kings 21. Ahab wanted a piece of property owned by an Israelite who would not sell it to him. Jezebel decided to get the property for Ahab by paying false witnesses to testify against the property owner in court and have him sentenced to death. All this happened, and Ahab took possession of the property. Afterward he was met by Elijah who told him that he would meet the same kind of death as the man he had put to death.