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The Feigned Repentance of Ahab.

The Feigned Repentance of Ahab.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.


1 Kings. xxi. 27 — 29. ^nd it came to pass, when Ahah heard
those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon
his Jlesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and luent softly.
And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishhite,
saying, Seest thou how Ahah humbleth himself before me?
Because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the
evil in his days j but in his son's days will I bring the evil
upon his house.
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.


1 Kings. xxi. 27 — 29. ^nd it came to pass, when Ahah heard
those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon
his Jlesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and luent softly.
And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishhite,
saying, Seest thou how Ahah humbleth himself before me?
Because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the
evil in his days j but in his son's days will I bring the evil
upon his house.

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THE FEIGED REPETACE OF AHAB. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.1 Kings. xxi. 27 — 29. ^nd it came to pass, when Ahah heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his Jlesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and luent softly. And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishhite, saying, Seest thou how Ahah humbleth himself before me? Because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days j but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house. MUCH there is which bears the semblance of religion, and which brings with it a present reward, whilst in the sight of God it is of no avail for the salvation of the soul. The hopes of the presump- tuous, the fears of the desponding, the joys of the hypocrite, and the sorrows of the worldly, are of this kind. An instance of the last occurs in the passage which we have just read ; wherein Ahab's repentance was honoured with the notice and appro- bation 240.] FEIGED REPETACE OF AHAB. 87 bation of heaven to a certain degree, though we have no reason to think that it ever availed for his final acceptance before God. In speaking of Ahab's repentance, we propose to shew, I. What there was in it that was good — If there had not been something good in it, God would never have called the attention of Elijah to
 
it, or have honoured it with a reward. The two principal things in it that were good, were, ] . A fear of God's judgments — • [Many, when God's judgments are denounced against them, only "pufF at them*" as unworthy of any serious re- gard. They do not believe that God will execute them : the language of their hearts is, " God will not do good, neither will he do eviP" But Ahab credited the predictions of the Prophet, and sought deliverance from the judgments he fore- told. Jhis it was that prevailed in behalf of the inevites, when " they repented at the preaching of Jonah "^j" and God on the present occasion was so pleased with it, that he pointed it out with special approbation to the prophet Elijah.] 1. An acknowledgment of God's justice in in- flicting them — [Had Ahab thought himself unjustly dealt with, he would have complained of the severity of the sentence that was passed against him : but he complained only of his own sins, which had so justly brought on him the divine displeasure. This was a public testimony that God was worthy to be served, and that the most exalted monarchs are bound, as much as others, to be obedient to his laws. Such an acknowledgment, from so aban- doned a character, was honourable to the Lord : it '' gave glory to him*^" as a God of holiness and power, and consequently was so far good and acceptable in his sight.] Still, as it availed not for his salvation, it will be proper to shew, II. Wherein it was defective — The terms wherein it is set forth are doubtless strong; but yet it was altogether defective;
 
1 . In its principle — [If there had been no punishment denounced against him, Ahab would have felt little concern about his iniquities : he had no » Ps. X. 4, 5. " Am. ix. 10. Zeph. i. 12. Mai. ii. 17. * Jonah iii. 5, 10. * Josh. vii. \g. Jer. xiii. 16, 18. 88 1 KiKTGs, XXI. 27 — 29. [240 no real hatred of sin, no ingenuous shame on account of hu having transgressed against so good a God. It was fear, and fear only, that called forth his penitential acknowledgments. But, if his repentance had been genuine, he would have mourned for his sins even though there had been no punii-hment annexed to theni^; he would have seen an hatefulness in them, as trans- gressions of the holy law of God ; and would have hated and abhorred himself on account of them, even though God should have blotted them from the book of his remembrance ^ Hatred of sin, and not fear of punishment, is the true source of peni- tential sorrow.] 1. In its measure — [His repentance was expressed only l)y external signs, such as fasting and clothing himself with sackcloth : but it should have pro<:;eeded to operate in the renovation of his heart and life. He should have instantly begun to put away his sins. But we read not of any such effects produced upon him. He turned not from his idolatry, nor did he, as far as we know, restore the vineyard to aboth's family. But true repentance would have led him to mortify his besetting sins^; that alone is the repentance which is not to be repented of.] 3. In its end — • [Could Ahab have escaped the miseries he had brought

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