Two messages from Ben-Hadad

There is a cool story in 1 Kings 20 about Ben-Hadad king of Aram.  He starts off proud:

Now Ben-Hadad king of Aram mustered his entire army.  Accompanied by thirty-two kings with their horses and chariots, he went up and besieged Samaria and attacked it.  He sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel, saying, “This is what Ben-Hadad says: ‘Your silver and gold are mine, and the best of your wives and children are mine.'” (vv. 1-3, NIV)

But by verse 32 he’s changed his tune a bit:

Your servant Ben-Hadad says: ‘Please let me live.’

The Lord delivered Israel even though it was ruled by one of its most evil kings, Ahab.  He confounds the mighty and lifts up the humble.  What a God we serve!

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