2 Kings 1

2 Kings 1 has a very strong message from God to Ahaziah, who was king.  He had fallen through the lattice in his chamber and was lying sick in bed.  He wanted to know if he would recover, so he sent messengers to the god of Ekron to find out if he would live.  God wasn’t pleased, so the “angel of the Lord said to Elijah” to go and confront the king.  The king is already having a bad day, or weeks for that matter, but now Elijah has to go and ask this question from God: “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron”?

Nothing like calling the king an idiot.  Elijah shows up and not only accuses the king of seeking a false god, but then goes on to tell him that “you shall surely die”.  No sugar coating that prophecy.  Straight and to the point – Elijah says that because the king had sought an answer from a false god – it was ending for him. He was going to die.  And Elijah heads off and leaves.   The king wasn’t happy to get the answer he had, so he sends out his captain with fifty men to go find Elijah.

So we have another confrontation happening, this time between Elijah and the captain of the guard.  Elijah doesn’t mess around.  When asked to come down Elijah says “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty”.  Nothing like putting it all on the line right up front.  If God is who He says, then you are toast.  And that is exactly what happened.  Those guys were fried.  And the king sends a second group of 50 and they meet the same result.

Obviously a slow learner, the king sends a third captain and 50 men.  But word had gotten around and this captain takes a different approach.  “The third captain of fifty went up and came and fell on his knees before Elijah and entreated him, “O man of God, please let my life, and the life of these fifty servants of yours, be precious in your sight….let my life be precious in your sight”.  So rather than demanding Elijah do anything, this third captain pleads for mercy and his life.  And God instructs Elijah to go with him and go to the king and tell him that he is going to die.  And he does, as Elijah had said.

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