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2nd Kings The history of the Kings of Israel and their disobedience leading to captivity.
2nd Kings Chapter 1

                            

The book of 2nd Kings continues the downward spiral towards a collision course with captivity because of continued disobedience and idolatry in their rebellion against God. First, Israel is taken into captivity by Assyria, and finally, Judah is taken into captivity by Babylon, and the Temple is destroyed.

Of the nineteen Kings of Israel or the northern kingdom, all nineteen did evil in the sight of the Lord. It is recorded, “For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did. They did not depart from them, until the Lord removed Israel out of His sight, as He had said by all His servants the prophets. So, Israel was carried away from their own land to Assyria, as it is this day.”

The picture is slightly brighter in Judah where godly kings occasionally emerge to reform the evils of their predecessors. In the end, however, sin outweighs righteousness and Judah is taken to Babylon.  As a warning to Judah before they went into captivity the Lord had said, “I will also remove Judah from My sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.” And finally, “For because of the anger of the Lord this happened in Jerusalem and Judah, that he finally cast them out from His presence.

Now may God richly bless your reading the book of 2nd Kings as it opens up to you.

 

2nd Kings Chapter 1

Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab. Now Ahaziah fell through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and was injured, so he sent messengers and said to them, "Go, inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this injury." But the angel of Jehovah, who saves by covenant, said to Elijah the Tishbite, "Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria. ‘And say to them, 'Is it because there is no Creator Eloheim in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?' Now, therefore, thus says Jehovah, who saves by covenant, 'You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.” So, Elijah departed.

And when the messengers returned to him, he said to them, "Why have you come back?" So, they said to him, "A man came up to meet us, and said to us, 'Go, return to the king who sent you. And say to him, "Thus says Jehovah, who saves by covenant, 'Is it because there is no Creator Eloheim in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore, you shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.”  Then he said to them, "What kind of man was it who came up to meet you and told you these words?" So, they answered him, "A hairy man wearing a leather belt around his waist." And he said, "It is Elijah the Tishbite."

Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty men. So, he went up to him, and there he was, sitting on the top of a hill. And he spoke to him, "Man of Eloheim the Creator, the king has said, 'Come down!” So, Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, "If I am a man of Eloheim the Creator, then let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men." And fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. Then he sent to him another captain of fifty with his fifty men. And he answered and said to him, "Man of Eloheim the Creator thus has the king said, 'Come down quickly!” So, Elijah answered and said to them, "If I am a man of Eloheim the Creator, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men." And the fire of Eloheim the Creator came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.

Again, he sent a third captain of fifty with his fifty men. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and pleaded with him, and said to him, "Man of Eloheim the Creator, please let my life and the life of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight. Look, fire has come down from heaven and burned up the first two captains of fifties with their fifties. But let my life now be precious in your sight." And the angel of Jehovah, who saves by covenant, said to Elijah, "Go down with him, do not be afraid of him." So, he arose and went down with him to the king. Then he said to him, "Thus says Jehovah, who saves by covenant, 'Because you have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron is it because there is no Creator Eloheim in Israel to inquire of His word? Therefore, you shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.”

So Ahaziah died according to the word of Jehovah, who saves by covenant, which Elijah had spoken. Because he had no son, Jehoram became king in his place, in the second year of Jehoram, the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah. Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

 

                         

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