2 Kings 1

2 Kings 1 has Ahab’s son now on the throne.  Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice in the palace and lay in bed in a bad way.  So he sends some of his men to find an answer to the question of whether or not he would ever recover.  God intercepts their mission. “But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king”.  God wasn’t about to let these guys go to a false god for answers.  He calls his main man and prophet Elijah to intervene.

Elijah was without fear.  He did many very direct and unpopular things in his life.  And this was another.  “You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die”.  He delivered a very unpopular message to the king.  As you might expect, the messengers returned rather quickly and Ahaziah wanted to know how they got their answer so quickly.  When they tell the king about Elijah, and delivered the bad news, the king wants to talk to the prophet so sends out a captain and 50 men to bring him back.

They bring the message: “O man of God, the king says, ‘Come down”.  Wasn’t really much of a request, and Elijah wanted no part of it.  So he says no and then makes it clear that it wasn’t just him rejecting the offer.  “Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty”.  Ahaziah doesn’t get it the first time, so he sends a second captain and 50 more men and they suffer the same fate.  Fire comes and consumes them all.  So he sends a third captain and 50 more men.  But word had certainly spread, and this captain took a very different approach.

The captain “came and fell on his knees before Elijah and entreated him”.  No more trying to tell Elijah what to do.  They ask nicely and the angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him”.  So Elijah obeys and goes down with the captain and the guard and comes to the palace.  And the truth comes to be – Ahaziah dies according to the word of the Lord.  Jehoram now becomes king of Israel because Ahaziah had no son.  Elijah continues to just speak God’s truth without regard for his own safety of the reception of those he is speaking to.  He completely trusts God for his safety!

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