1 Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.
2 And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.
3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron?
4 Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed.
5 And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto them, Why are ye now turned back?
6 And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
7 And he said unto them, What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you these words?
8 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.
9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.
10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
11 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly.
12 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
13 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.
14 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.
15 And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.
16 And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
17 So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken. And Jehoram reigned in his stead in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; because he had no son.
18 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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The book of 2 Kings is the eleventh book of the Old Testament in the KJV Holy Bible and serves as a continuation of the historical narrative of the Israelites. It is believed to have been written by the prophet Jeremiah and covers a period of approximately 250 years, from the reign of King Ahaziah to the exile of the Israelites to Babylon. The first chapter of 2 Kings sets the stage for the rest of the book by introducing the main characters and themes that will be explored throughout the text.
1. The Consequences of Sin
The first chapter of 2 Kings opens with the death of King Ahaziah, the son of Ahab and Jezebel. Ahaziah had succeeded his father as king of Israel and continued in the wicked ways of his parents, worshipping idols and leading the people astray. As a result, God brings judgment upon Ahaziah by allowing him to fall through the lattice of his upper room and become severely injured. This event serves as a reminder that the consequences of sin are severe and that God will not tolerate the worship of false gods.
2. The Role of Prophets
The prophet Elijah plays a crucial role in the first chapter of 2 Kings. He is the one who delivers the message of judgment to Ahaziah and also predicts the death of the king. Elijah serves as a reminder of the importance of prophets in the Old Testament, who were chosen by God to speak His words and deliver His messages to the people. The presence of prophets in the book of 2 Kings highlights the spiritual state of Israel and the constant need for repentance and obedience to God.
3. The Sovereignty of God
Throughout the first chapter of 2 Kings, there are multiple instances where God's sovereignty is displayed. From the death of Ahaziah to the fiery destruction of the two captains and their men, it is evident that God is in control and nothing can happen without His knowledge and permission. Even in the midst of chaos and rebellion, God's plans and purposes prevail, reminding us of His ultimate power and authority.
4. The Importance of Faithfulness
The first chapter of 2 Kings also emphasizes the importance of faithfulness to God. When Ahaziah is injured, he sends messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, instead of seeking God's help. This act of unfaithfulness leads to his downfall and death. On the other hand, Elijah remains faithful to God and continues to proclaim His message despite facing opposition and persecution. The contrast between the two characters serves as a reminder of the rewards of faithfulness and the consequences of unfaithfulness.
At its core, the first chapter of 2 Kings serves as a warning to the people of Israel and to us today. It highlights the consequences of sin, the importance of obedience and faithfulness to God, and the sovereignty of God over all things. It also sets the stage for the rest of the book, which will continue to explore these themes and the consequences of Israel's disobedience.
This chapter also serves as a reminder of the faithfulness of God towards His people. Despite their continual rebellion and unfaithfulness, God remains faithful to His promises and His plans for Israel. Even in the midst of judgment, God shows His mercy and grace by providing a way for the people to turn back to Him and seek forgiveness.
Furthermore, the first chapter of 2 Kings also highlights the importance of prophets in the Old Testament. These chosen men of God served as a bridge between God and His people, delivering His messages and calling the people to repentance. The presence of prophets in the book of 2 Kings emphasizes the spiritual state of Israel and their need for guidance and direction from God.
In conclusion, the first chapter of 2 Kings sets the stage for the rest of the book by introducing the main themes and characters that will be explored. It serves as a warning to the people of Israel and to us today about the consequences of sin, the importance of faithfulness and obedience to God, and the sovereignty of God over all things. It also highlights the faithfulness of God towards His people and the role of prophets in delivering His messages. As we continue to read the book of 2 Kings, we are reminded of the importance of seeking God, being faithful to Him, and trusting in His plans and purposes for our lives.