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Go to Bible: 2 Chronicles 18
 
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“threshing-floor at the entrance.” This threshing-floor would be outside the gate and since it was flat would be a convenient place to set up the kings’ thrones. The threshing-floor would not be in the city. The king’s “sat” while the prophet’s prophesied,, and the Bible the word “sat” often indicates taking a ruling position.

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“like sheep that have no shepherd.” Kings were often called the “shepherd” of their people. For Israel to be like sheep without a shepherd was a very clear cultural way of saying that the king would be dead; he would be killed in the battle, and indeed, Ahab was killed in the battle. This is reinforced when God says, “These [people] have no lord,” meaning their lord the king was dead.

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“I will disguise myself and go into the battle, but you put on your cloaks.” That Jehoshaphat would even comply with Ahab’s idea defies logic. Soldiers have always known that a major way to defeat an enemy army is to kill off the leadership. There are several possibilities as to why Ahab would say what he did to Jehoshaphat. One certainly is that to some extent he did not trust his own prophets who foretold victory, but had some trust in Micaiah, who foretold his death in the war, and he wanted to do everything he could to avoid that. One way to possibly save his life was to not be known as the king of Israel but to wear a disguise. Also, if the enemy thought Jehoshaphat was the king, when they killed him they may have retreated and waited to see what would become of the Israelite army; whether they would disband or not. Also, from a spiritual perspective it seems clear that Satan wanted Jehoshaphat, who was a godly king, to be killed, and so having Jehosaphat dress in his royal robes and enter the battle was a spiritual set-up to kill him. Ahab, who suggested that tactic, was married to Jezebel, and the two of them were both pawns of Satan and idolators and they had conspired together in murder before this (1 Kings 21; the murder of Naboth and his family), so Ahab’s suggestion to Jehoshaphat was not out of character for him.

Jehoshaphat, on the other hand, was weak-willed and apparently naïve, and went along with Ahab’s ridiculous plan. This may have been due to an unhealthy desire to please Ahab since he had entered into a marriage alliance with Ahab (2 Chron. 18:1) and his son Jehoram was married to Ahab’s daughter (2 Chron. 21:6). It often happens that believers make unwise decision based on the desire to please someone, including ungodly people, and that is why believers are to love God with “all” their heart, soul, mind, and strength.

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