Elijah and King Ahaziah (2 Kings 1:1-1:4)

After the death of King Ahab, the land of Moab rebelled against Israel. King Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice in his upper chamber in Samaria. He lay injured. So he sent messengers, telling them. ‘Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this injury.’ But the angel of Yahweh said to Elijah the Tishbite. ‘Get up. Go to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria. Say to them. ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?’ Now therefore thus says Yahweh. ‘You shall not leave the bed to which you have gone. But you shall surely die.’ So Elijah went.”

Moab went into rebellion after the death of King Ahab. This is not unusual since many countries see an opening when there is a change of leadership. King Ahaziah, the son of King Ahab, fell through a lattice in his house in Samaria. He was injured so he sent some messengers to the god of the Philistine town of Ekron, Baal-zebub. Interesting enough this is one of the names that Christians use about the devil, Beelzebub, the prince of demons. He wanted to know if he was going to recover from his injury. However, an angel of Yahweh appeared to Elijah. He told him to go to Samaria to meet the messengers of King Ahaziah. He was to tell them that King Ahaziah would never leave his bed, but die. He was to ask them why they were not seeking the advice of Yahweh, the God of Israel, instead of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron.

 

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