1 Kings 22:37-38
So the king died, and was brought to Samaria. And they buried the king in Samaria. Then someone washed the chariot at a pool in Samaria, and the dogs licked up his blood while the harlots bathed, according to the word of the Lord which He had spoken.
-When Jehoshaphat king of Judah went to visit Ahab king of Israel, they agreed to go to war with Syria in the conquest of Ramoth in Gilead, but had to first inquire of the Lord. When the four hundred prophets in Israel prophesied success in war, Micaiah spoke doom according to Gods’ word. Micaiah then revealed that God had put a lying spirit in the mouths of the prophets that they may persuade Ahab to go to war. Since Ahab did not listen to the voice of God through his servant Micaiah, he was struck by an arrow and died. At the pool of Samaria his chariot was washed as the dogs licked his blood according to prophecy made after he took Naboth’s vineyard (2 kin 25-26). Purification by cleansing was a common practice in the biblical times and at the pool in Samaria harlots washed as they were considered unclean. According to the priestly law, ritual cleansing was vital as commanded by God; to prevent defilement of His tabernacle; which was punishable by death (Lev 15:31-33). Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit and therefore should be kept sacred. In Christ we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (Eph 1:7).
Jesus You are good and Your righteousness endures forever. We all have sinned and fallen short of Your glory Jesus, purify us with Your precious blood. Forgive us all our sins and those of the whole world. Direct us Holy Spirit in Your will and help us to listen to Your voice and only follow Your wisdom. Transform us and all the members of the society we may all know You more and come to salvation. Create in us clean hearts and renew Your steadfast Spirit within us. Renew our minds and help us to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. You are our God of grace, our hope of salvation, we seek Your face now and forever. Amen
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