The God of the Valley
Text: (1st. Kings 20:28) And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Ben-hadad, king of Syria, and thirty-two kings, besiege Samaria, v. 1. He sends an insulting message to Ahab; and insists on pillaging the whole city, vv. 2-7.
IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN THE VALLEY.. THEN YOU ARE WHERE GOD WANT YOU AT, TO SHOW YOU HIS POWER.
VALLEY IS WHEN YOUR BACK IS AGAINST THE WALL. “WHEN YOU HAVE DONE ALL YOU KNOW TO DO.
THE VALLEY IS WHERE THE ENEMY ATTEMPTS TO TAKE FORM YOU WHAT GOD HAD BLESSED YOU WITH..(NOTICE I SAID ATTEMP).
THE VALLEY IS NOT A PLACE TO GIVE UP IT’S THE PLACE OF BATTLE.
THE ENEMY ATTRIBUTES YOUR SUCCESS WITH GOD AS A MOMENTS OF HIGHS POINTS, BUT HE DOES NOT KNOW THAT GOD REALLY DOES HIS BEST WHEN YOU ARE IN YOUR LOW POINTS(WORKIT)
King ben-hadad goal was to strip Ahab of his dignity. 1 Kings 20:6
Whatsoever is pleasant in thine eyes—It is not easy to discern in what this second requisition differed from the first; for surely his silver, gold, wives, and children, were among his most pleasant or desirable things. Jarchi supposes that it was the book of the law of the Lord which Ben-hadad meant, and of which he intended to deprive Israel.(A) If someone or some thing can strip you of the word of God they have taken the most precious thing a Christian has. It is however evident that Ben-hadad meant to sack the whole city, and after having taken the royal treasures and the wives and children of the king, to deliver up the whole to be pillaged by his soldiers. (B) Without the word of god in your life it is easy for you to become easy prey because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour(1st Peter 5:8).
The elders of Israel counsel the king not to submit to such shameful conditions, Godly Advise is something that that we should always be seeking. “ During trouble Times it’s not time to be complaining or wining but it time to seek Godly Counsel. (ADVISE) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night (Psalm 1:1-2).
He sends a refusal to Ben-hadad; who, being enraged, vows revenge, vv.
Don’t allow the pursuer dictate to you a child of God. Don’t let the purser take from you what God has given you.
9-12. A prophet comes to Ahab, and promises him victory, and gives him directions how he should order the battle, vv. 13-19.
God has already assured you victory. Who this prophet is it is not clear, but what is clear is that when trouble comes God will be right there with you and if you have kept his word by not allowing something to snatch it out of you heart you would know that he said; Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. 4From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. 5There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6Be strong and of a good courage ( Joshua 1: 1-6).
The Syrians are discomfited, and Ben-hadad scarcely escapes, vv. 20, 21.
CAUTION: Don’t let victory give you the big head, One of King Ben-Hadad problems was that he got greedy when he had his first victory and many Christians are guilty of this same sin of getting the big head. God will give you victories after victories only when we acknowledge that it is God who is giving us the victories.
The prophet warns Ahab to be on his guard, for the Syrians would return next year, v. 22.
Please remember that after Jesus was tempted Luke records that Satan left him for only a season. (Luke 4:13) And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. God sent word to Ahab to be on guard and Jesus warned Peter for the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat (Luke 22:310. Again in Mark 14:38 Jesus teaches us to; Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. We must never allow a single victory to take our eyes off the victor. For Jesus is the Victor he is a Battle Axe in the time of WAR!
Now lets see what ungodly advice leads to:
The counsellors of the king of Syria instruct him how he may successfully invade Israel, vv. 23-25. (Note Read these Verses 23-25)
He leads an immense army to Aphek, to fight with Ahab, vv. 26, 27.
APHEK (ay’ fehk) Place name meaning “bed of brook or river” or “fortress.” 1. City whose king Joshua defeated (Josh. 12:18), where Philistine armies formed to face Israel in days of Samuel (1 Sam. 4:1) resulting in Philistine victory and capture of Israel’s ark of the covenant. Philistine armies including David and his men gathered in Aphek to fight Saul. The Philistine commanders forced Achish to send David back from battle (1 Sam. 29). Eventually the Philistines defeated Israel, bringing death to Saul and Jonathan.
A man of God encourages Ahab, who attacks the Syrians, and kills one hundred thousand of them, vv. 28, 29.
Ahab was outnumbered.
You may feel outnumbered today but with God on you side remember 3Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, 5There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you (Joshua 23:10).
And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; 4Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. 5Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.