I have become a sermon junkie of late, seeking out good preaching to fill in quiet times. Preaching that tells us the whole story of God — the law and the Gospel — wrapped up in Christ. A couple of week’s ago, my wife shared a sermon from Rev. Jonathan Fisk of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springfield, Pennsylvania with me on 1 Kings 22. This is an example of expository preaching on a particular text, preaching that is designed to draw out the meaning of particular passages of scripture and throw a clearer light on the meaning of the passage.
In this text, Ahab of the northern tribes of Israel meets with Jehoshophat, King of Judah to talk about joining forces to go to war with Syria to take back the land of Ramoth-gilead. Before doing so, Jehoshophat tells Ahab to inquire of the Lord whether they should do this or not. Ahab gathers his gaggle of prophets together, 400 of them, and they all support the king and his plan. One prophet is left out, Michaiah, because he does not tell Ahab what he wants to hear. This sets up an interaction between the false prophets of Ahab and the true prophet of God, Michaiah. Michaiah tells Ahab that he will be killed in battle. What makes this sermon so compelling is that it takes you where you do not expect. Normally, you would think that the lesson to be learned here is listen to the Word of God and do what it says. Ahab did not listen to God’s Word given through the prophet, he was killed in battle, and the northern tribes were thrown in disarray. Ahab listened to false teachers who led him astray, therefore, beware of false teachers. Not so fast. Rev. Fisk takes the listener through the story straight to Christ and shows how Ahab — yes Ahab — and Micaiah prefigure or are types of Christ in this story. The layers to Scripture are deeper than we can ever imagine. Scripture is broader than we can conceive. But it all, in the end, talks about that one thing needful, Jesus Christ. Click the link below to listen to the Sermon, you will not be disappointed.