The prophet Elisha goes to Damascus (2 Kings 8:7-8:8)

“Elisha went to Damascus. King Ben-hadad of Aram was sick. When it was told him, ‘the man of God has come here,’ the king said to Hazael. ‘Take a present with you and go to meet the man of God. Inquire of Yahweh through him, whether I shall recover from this sickness?’”

Elisha seems to have good personal relationships with the king of the Arameans, probably King Ben-hadad II. Hazael was one of the top people under King Ben-hadad II.   Actually, you may recall that Elijah had the command to anoint Hazael the king of the Arameans, in 1 Kings, chapter 19, so that he would then inflict punishment on Israel and Judah. Elisha and not Elijah will fulfill this prophecy. Hazael ruled as king of the Arameans from 886-840 BCE.   King Ben-hadad II sent him with a present for Elisha. He wanted to know from Elisha if he was going to recover from his sickness.

They decide to consult with the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 3:11-3:12)

“King Jehoshaphat said. ‘Is there no prophet of Yahweh here, through whom we may inquire of Yahweh?’ Then one of the servants of the king of Israel answered. ‘Elisha son of Shaphat, who used to pour water on the hands of Elijah, is here. King Jehoshaphat said. ‘The word of Yahweh is with him.’ So the king of Israel, King Jehoshaphat, and the king of Edom went down to him.”

King Jehoshaphat was always looking for the prophet of Yahweh to tell him what to do as in 1 Kings, chapter 22, when he was with King Ahab. One of the servants of the king of Israel said that the prophet Elisha was there. He used to pour water on the hands of the prophet Elijah. King Jehoshaphat said that the word of Yahweh was with him. Then all 3 kings went to see Elisha.