The third group of fifty are successful (2 Kings 1:13-1:16)

“Again King Ahaziah sent the captain of a third fifty with his fifty men. So the third captain of the fifty went up. He came and fell on his knees before Elijah. He entreated him. ‘O man of God please let my life and the life of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight. Look, fire came down from heaven, and consumed the two former captains of fifty men with their fifty men. But now let my life be precious in your sight.’ Then the angel of Yahweh said to Elijah. ‘Go down with him. Do not be afraid of him.’ So he set out and went down with him to the king. He said to him. ‘Thus says Yahweh. ‘You have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron. Is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? Therefore you shall not leave the bed to which you have gone. But you shall surely die.’”

The 3rd time was the charm. The 3rd captain with his 50 men fell on his knees before Elijah. He begged Elijah to consider their lives as precious. He did not want him to send fire from heaven on him and his men. Then the angel of Yahweh appeared to Elijah and told him not to be afraid. Elijah then went down to Samaria with this 3rd group of 50 men. When he met the king, he repeated his original warning. Because Ahaziah had ignored Yahweh, the God of Israel, seeking advice from Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, he would never leave his bed but die. Thus Elijah delivered the bad news to King Ahaziah person.


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