King Ahab was a wicked king who ruled the nation of Israel. The bible says, “But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness…”(1Kings 21:25)
Here are just a few of the wicked things that Ahab did. Ahab married Jezebel and began to worship Baal. He made an altar unto this false god and caused all of Israel to follow him in this great sin. He also coveted after Naboth’s vineyard and when Naboth wouldn’t give him the vineyard, his wife Jezebel had Naboth murdered. Because of these sins, and along with others he committed, God tells Elijah to go and meet with Ahab. When Elijah meets with Ahab he shares with him his fate. First off, God tells Ahab that the dogs will drink his blood where the blood of Naboth was shed. Then he tells him that his family name will be destroyed, that he will have no men children or that they would be wiped out.
In response to this, Ahab does something unexpected; he repents. “And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.”(1Kings21:27) Upon Ahab’s repentance God’s looks on him in compassion. “And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying. Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? Because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.” (1Kings 21:28-29)
Wow, the most wicked man in Israel who deserved every condemnation spoken toward him found mercy. What a merciful God that even the most wicked can find grace in his sight when they repent! I’m thankful no one is too far gone. God will show them mercy IF we repent.