[Linux4christians] Sunday - 2 Kings 1
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Sat Feb 12 20:58:27 EST 2011
2 Kings 1
Elijah Confronts the King and His Commanders
1:1 After Ahab died, Moab rebelled against Israel. 1:2 Ahaziah fell
through a window lattice in his upper chamber in Samaria and was
injured. He sent messengers with these orders, "Go, ask Baal Zebub, the
god of Ekron, if I will survive this injury."
1:3 But the Lord's angelic messenger told Elijah the Tishbite, "Get up,
go to meet the messengers from the king of Samaria. Say this to them:
'You must think there is no God in Israel! That explains why you are on
your way to seek an oracle from Baal Zebub the god of Ekron. 1:4
Therefore this is what the Lord says, "You will not leave the bed you
lie on, for you will certainly die!"'" So Elijah went on his way.
1:5 When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, "Why have
you returned?" 1:6 They replied, "A man came up to meet us. He told us,
"Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, 'This is what the Lord
says: "You must think there is no God in Israel! That explains why you
are sending for an oracle from Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron. Therefore
you will not leave the bed you lie on, for you will certainly die."'"
1:7 The king asked them, "Describe the appearance of this man who came
up to meet you and told you these things." 1:8 They replied, "He was a
hairy man and had a leather belt tied around his waist." The king said,
"He is Elijah the Tishbite."
1:9 The king sent a captain and his fifty soldiers to retrieve Elijah.
The captain went up to him, while he was sitting on the top of a hill.
He told him, "Prophet, the king says, 'Come down!'" 1:10 Elijah replied
to the captain, "If I am indeed a prophet, may fire come down from the
sky and consume you and your fifty soldiers!" Fire then came down from
the sky and consumed him and his fifty soldiers.
1:11 The king sent another captain and his fifty soldiers to retrieve
Elijah. He went up and told him, "Prophet, this is what the king says,
'Come down at once!'" 1:12 Elijah replied to them, "If I am indeed a
prophet, may fire come down from the sky and consume you and your fifty
soldiers!" Fire from God came down from the sky and consumed him and his
1:13 The king sent a third captain and his fifty soldiers. This third
captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. He begged for
mercy, "Prophet, please have respect for my life and for the lives of
these fifty servants of yours. 1:14 Indeed, fire came down from the sky
and consumed the two captains who came before me, along with their men.
So now, please have respect for my life." 1:15 The Lord's angelic
messenger said to Elijah, "Go down with him. Don't be afraid of him." So
he got up and went down with him to the king.
1:16 Elijah said to the king, "This is what the Lord says, 'You sent
messengers to seek an oracle from Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron. You must
think there is no God in Israel from whom you can seek an oracle!
Therefore you will not leave the bed you lie on, for you will certainly
1:17 He died just as the Lord had prophesied through Elijah. In the
second year of the reign of King Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat over Judah,
Ahaziah's brother Jehoram replaced him as king of Israel, because he had
no son. 1:18 The rest of the events of Ahaziah's reign, including his
accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the
Kings of Israel.
Lord, when we look for truth from any spiritual source but You Lord we
are in rebellion and in trouble. May I never consult anything but Your
Word and Your Holy Spirit for spiritual truth.
Moab rebelled against the rule of Israel and then King Ahaziah of Israel
was badly injured falling through lattice on the upper floor of the castle.
Instead of consulting a prophet of Israel Ahaziah sent for an oracle
from the false god of Baal.
The Lord God informed Elijah who intercepted Ahaziah's messengers and
sent them back with the word from God that because he had done so
Ahaziah would die where he laid in his bed.
Ahaziah sent soldiers to get Elijah three times, the first two Elijah
called down fire from heaven to consume them, the third time the captain
begged for mercy and God instructed Elijah to go to Ahaziah.
Elijah delivered his prophesy in person and Ahaziah died. His brother
Jehoram followed him as king because Ahziah had no son.
When Ahaziah sent for word from Baal he was consulting Satan. Elijah
made that clear when he declared "You must think there is no God in Israel!"
Given Elijah's history of accuracy and power why would Ahziah be so
foolish as to consult a false prophet of a false god when he could have
consulted the true prophet of on the One true God of Israel?
The obliteration of the first two groups of soldiers demonstrated that
Elijah did not answer to the mere human king but to the Lord God.
When have you observed a Christian consulting instruments of evil for
spiritual guidance, such as a "Magic 8-Ball", Tarot cards, Ouija board,
horoscopes, fortune tellers, etc.?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a place in your life where you may
engage in a superstitious or otherwise non-Biblical means of dealing
with an unclear situation.
Today I will confess and repent of any place that the Holy Spirit has
revealed as seeking guidance from a non-Biblical source. It may be as
obvious as a "Magic 8-Ball", Tarot cards, Ouija board, horoscopes,
fortune tellers, or the like, or some other "throw salt over your
shoulder", avoiding a hotel room numbered "13", astrology-numerology, etc.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Monday's text will be:
2 Kings 2
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
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David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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