Ahaziah, Ahab’s son, is now king of Israel and he is wicked like his dad. He falls through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria, the capital of Northern Israel. Then he sends messengers to the false god Baal-Zebub to inquire of his injuries. The Lord has Elijah intercede to tell his messengers that bc Ahaziah sent them to inquire of Baal-Zebub and not the Lord, he will die from his injury.
So Ahaziah then sends 50 men to bring Elijah to him. Elijah has fire rain down and consume them. Ahaziah sends 50 more and they get the same fire treatment. Ahaziah sends a 3rd group of 50 but this captain pleads for mercy. The Lord tells Elijah to go with this 3rd captain and not to fear. After Elijah tells the Ahaziah what the Lord said, Ahaziah dies.
Moab then attacks Israel and their new king, Joram. Joram asks the king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, and the king of Edom to fight with him against Moab. Jehoshaphat encourages them to inquire of the Lord so they find Elisha, the prophet and Elijah’s future successor. Elisha instructs them in the Lord’s battle plan for their attack. They are to dig ditches that will be filled with rain and then they will attack their cities. 🤔 Seems strange but God has a plan!
When the Moabites see the sun hit the water in the ditches they think it is blood and that their enemy must have turned on each other. So they go to take the spoils of the Israelite camp. The Israelites attack them and their cities. Out of desperation from being defeated by the Israelites, the king of Moab sacrifices his son as an offering to their false god. 😱 When the people of Moab see this, their wrath against Israel becomes great so the Israelites return to their own land.
Jehoshaphat dies after reigning 25 years and his son Jehoram becomes king of Judah. Jehoram is married to the daughter of the former king of Israel, King Ahab. Jehoram walks in all the evil ways of Ahab. “Yet the Lord would not destroy Judah, for the sake of His servant David, as He promised him to give a lamp to him and his sons forever.” Remember, King Jesus is coming through this bloodline so keep reading!
(2 Kings 1:1-18, 2 Kings 3:1-27, 1 Kings 22:41-49, 2 Chronicles 20:31-37, 1 Kings 22:50, 2 Chronicles 21:1-4, 2 Kings 8:16-22, 2 Chronicles 21:5-7)