King Ahab has died, his son takes the throne.
We know a few things as we start 2 Kings. Ahaziah, the son of Ahab is now King of Israel in the Capital Samaria.
He reigned for just two years, and walked in the way of both Ahab and Jezebel, which was the way of Jeroboam, who made Israel to sin.
He provoked the Lord to anger, as his father had done, by serving and worshiping Baal.
2 Kings 1:
“Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.”
This first verse is interesting because the Moabites were of the lineage of Lot. At this point they are refusing to pay tribute to Ahaziah.
When the Hebrews were entering the promised land they were told to leave the Moabites alone.
They were to destroy all the tribes who were there except for Lot and Esaus descendants.
It was on a mountain in Moab that Moses saw the promised land. He was 120, his eyes had not dimmed nor his strangth failed.
He was buried on that mountain, no one knows where.
2 Kings 1:
At this point in our story, Ahaziah, aparently fell from a window, through some lattice work , and was grieviously injured.
In his sickness, he sent messengers to the temple of Baal, to find out if he would recover.
But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them,
“Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron?”
We need to take a closer look at Elijah, he was an example to us, of how the Lord will use a willing vessel.
He was open to the Word of the Lord, like no other Bible character. He received and acted on Words of Knowledge, Words of Wisdom, Prophecy… ect.
With Abram, we find the Lord had said… The Lord spoke more than once to get Abram to listen and leave the land of UR.
Moses, needed a burning bush, to draw his arrention to the Lord. Elijah, when we first meet is delivering the Word of the Lord.
Then the Lord speaks, “You better go hide.”
Elijah continued: “Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.”
Elijah then departed wnd left the messengers to go back and tell the King, the Word of the Lord.
Ahaziah, questioned them, they told the tale. He asked: “What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you these words?”
It is here we find the resemblance to John the Baptist. “He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins.”
Ahaziah, recognized him as Elijah the Tishbite, and sent a captain with his 50, to go and bring Elijah back. The captain found Elijah on the top of a hill, and spoke to him.
“Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.”
This sounds to me a reasonable request. Elijah answers: “If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty.”
Not surprisingly that is exactly what happened. Not just this one time, but twice.
The third captain did something different.
“The third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight. Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.”
And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, “Go down with him: be not afraid of him.” And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.
Elijah told the King: “Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.”
So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken.
Elijah, a man of God. Lord I pray, make me a man You can use. Amen