Ear Tickling Preachers

Todays Reading – 1 Kings 22 – 2 Kings 1

In chapter 22 of 2 Kings we see Ahab, the king of Israel; and Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah planning together a battle with Ramoth-gilead.  Jehoshaphat was a good man and a decent king, and he wanted to make sure that God was with them; so he asks Ahab to check with the prophets of God to find out whether God would bless them.  Ahab calls 400 of his prophets, which were apparently on his payroll, because they told Ahab exactly what he wanted to hear.  Paul warned us about these kind of preachers in 2 Timothy:

 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (2 Timothy 2:3)

Jehoshaphat smelled a rat however and asked Ahab if there were any other prophets that they could ask.  Ahab reluctantly calls for Micaiah, a real man of God who told them the truth:  Ahab was going to die, and Israel was going to lose the battle.  Ahab decided to listen to himself rather than God and went off to fight the battle, and was killed in the battle.

As New Testament Christians, we should demand that the preachers and teachers in our churches will boldly tell us the truth.  We don’t need anybody tickling our ears; we need somebody that will tell us what God really said.  We ought to cheer the faithful preachers on as they deliver us the word of God, no matter how unpleasant it can be at times.

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Melissa Dilley
Melissa Dilley
14 years ago

I think the tragic part of this story is that even though Ahab received God’s truth, he chose to ignore it. More often than not, the man of God delivers what we need to hear but we block it out or deliberately choose not to heed the advice. We need to be doers of the Word and not just hearers.

Cindy Erickson
Cindy Erickson
14 years ago

I just thank God that in todays society we have a preacher at Jersey Shore Baptist Church that preaches sound doctrine , out of the King James Bible, and does not preach to tickle ANYONE’S ear. I also thank God for the people out there who still go to Independent Fundamental King James Bible believing churches ! Thanks Honey, You Are MY Favorite Preacher . 🙂

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