1Kings 20-21 As we watch the news each day about the collapse of the condo in Surfside, FL, we are struck with how merciful God has been. He allowed a child of 9 to be pulled from the wreckage; a mother pulled her daughter even though injured herself. And yet in all of this destruction, we see death everywhere with the many who were not given the precious gift of life. In our reading of 1 Kings 20 and 21, we see the mercy of God to King Ahab in restoring rain to the land. He showed Ahab the fruit of idolatry, yet Ahab did not listen so God sent another wicked king to him as an example of what true wickedness is. Then God showed him through the lives of Elijah and Obadiah and the 100 prophets that He is God and there is none else. Yet, Ahab is stubborn and unrepentant just as his neighbor to the north, King Ben Hadad. Over and over God reminds Ahab and Ben Had that he is merciful to the good and to the evil. Mat 5:45 so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.