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Ahab’s Q

When James Bond hangs by his ankles over a pond of snapping piranhas, we’re not worried. Not really. Because we remember Q and his gadgets.

Sure enough, 007 gets his thumb on a cufflink that’s really a mini rotating blade that cuts through Bond’s bonds. We start to grin, because next he pulls out a fountain pen that shoots a tiny grappling hook and line over to a beam, so the unbound Bond swings out of danger.

King Ahab doesn’t escape the piranha teeth, but a few times we think he might. Because we remember Obadiah and his influence.

I mean, if Elijah wears a Lone Ranger white hat, and Nathan sports a headband with an arrow, we might say Ahab wears a black hat. Yet sometimes it feels like he might trade it in for a hat of a lighter color. Reform and join the good guys.

For instance –

  1. He overlooks Obadiah’s protecting 100 prophets.
  2. He chooses a good man like Obadiah to search with him for grass.
  3. After the fire falls on Mt. Carmel, (in my interpretation) He repents until Jezebel puts her foot down.
  4. When the prophet rebukes him for letting Ben Hadad get away, rather than acting rebellious and stubborn, Ahab appears sullen and resentful.
  5. After murdering Naboth, Ahab dons sackcloth.

Okay, so he hasn’t really changed, and his life is a tragedy. But what makes him even lean in this direction? Why does he pause at the hat rack? Almost reach for the white?

Someone softened King Ahab’s heart, but it wasn’t Elijah. While Elijah certainly spoke for the Lord, his words came too late in Ahab’s life to effect any change.

The good man Ahab knew and respected all his life was Obadiah, his Chief of Staff. This mere accountant, by the power of his daily living, came closer than anyone to moving the king toward good choices.

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The Days of Elijah - a story

The Days of Elijah – a story