Ahaziah

The Second Book of the Kings: Chapter 1

Moab rebels against Israel following Ahab’s death while king Ahaziah meets with misfortune, suffering a nasty fall. Ahaziah dispatches messengers to receive word from Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron. But the angel of the Lord mobilises Elijah to intercept the messengers in Samaria:

Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? 4 Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed.

When the messengers had returned so quickly and told described their interceptor to Ahaziah, he quickly realised who it was, and sent to Elijah a captain of fifty men to seize him. They found Elijah sitting on a hill, and ordered him down.

10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

Ahaziah sent another company of fifty men.

12 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

And a third company were sent.

And 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. 14 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. 15 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.

And Elijah went and told Ahaziah of the Lord’s message.

17 So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken. And Jehoram reigned in his stead in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; because he had no son.

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