2 Kings 3

2 Kings 3 has the new king of Israel wanting to do battle with the king of Moab who owed him 100K sheep and the wool of 100K rams.  Seems once Ahab died the king of Moab didn’t feel compelled to continue paying the fee owed.  Unfortunately King Jehoram “did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, though not like his father and mother, for he put away the pillar of Baal that his father had made”.  He was an evil king, but not as bad as his father had been.  He reaches out to Jehoshaphat, who had gone into battle with his father, and asks for assistance again.

This time Jehoshaphat agrees but just goes along with the plan.  “By which way shall we march”?  They take off following Jehoram’s lead and “made a circuitous march of seven days, there was no water for the army or for the animals”.  He obviously should have asked what he did next – that they get a word from a prophet before going any further.  “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire?”  Jehoshaphat knows that God is the source of truth.  He finds out that “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here” and they seek his counsel.

Elisha has no use for Jehoram, but does respect Jehoshaphat so he agrees to go to the Lord.  When he does, he finds out this.  “I will make this dry streambed full of pools”.  God’s going to turn the water back on and things will be covered.  So it won’t be a small amount of water, but massive wetness.  “You shall not see wind or rain, but that streambed shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, you, your livestock, and your animals”.  It won’t be showy in how it comes, but it will be a lot and meet the needs of the people and their livestock.

Elisha goes on to answer the question about the Moabites.  “He will also give the Moabites into your hand”.  No real instruction on how, just that the outcome will be victory.  God delivers them using the water he promised to send.  When the Moabites got up in the morning, “the Moabites saw the water opposite them as red as blood….the kings have surely fought together and struck one another down”.  They were deceived into thinking the battle was over and all they had to do was mop up.  But they discovered that the three kings were waiting with their armies intact and they defeated the Moabites just as God had said.

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