There once was a king who had 400 prophets, and whenever the king wanted affirmation, he called the 400 prophets together. One year, the king wanted to take land he counted as his and asked a neighboring king to join the fight. They decided to ask God.
The first king asked his 400 prophets, “Should I go to war?”
They said, “Get after it because God is with you, and God will make you a winner.”
The second king smelled something fishy and asked for a second opinion. So, the two kings went off to seek the counsel of an odd prophet.
“But I warn you,” said the first king. “He never has good news for me.”
On finding the odd prophet, the first king asked if he should go to war, and the odd prophet joined the rest in a hearty, “Yes.”
Smelling something fishy, the first king said, “Give me a break already.”
The odd prophet said, “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth! But here it is. You’re doomed! All your 400 prophets? They’re part of the plan to lure you to your death.
Does Good King John really want the prophets’ counsel?
Perhaps the story sounds familiar. It’s a paraphrase of 1 Kings 22, in which Ahab wants to know if Jehoshaphat will join him in going to war against Ramoth Gilead. Before settling on war, Ahab tries to firm up a blessing by consulting his sycophant prophets.
What Ahab thought was a blessing turned out to be a sinister curse. The worst curses are disguised as blessings, after all.
Good King John recently sought similar affirmation, calling his prophets to the table. With smiles all around, they proclaimed him great, just as he loves to hear.
In trying to secure such blessing, is Good King John really bringing a curse upon his own head? Is it really wise for Good King John to assume that the clerics attending his banquets bear blessings behind their smiles?
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Source: Baptist Standard