2 Kings Chapter 1
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Matthew Henry's 2 Kings Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
The revolt of Moab-Sickness of Ahaziah, king of Israel. (1-8) Fire called from heaven by Elijah-Death of Ahaziah. (9-18)1-8 When Ahaziah rebelled against the Lord, Moab revolted from him. Sin weakens and impoverishes us. Man's revolt from God is often punished by the rebellion of those who owe subjection to him. Ahaziah fell through a lattice, or railing. Wherever we go, there is but a step between us and death. A man's house is his castle, but not to secure him against God's judgments. The whole creation, which groans under the burden of man's sin, will, at length, sink and break under the weight like this lattice. He is never safe that has God for his enemy. Those that will not inquire of the word of God for their comfort, shall hear it to their terror, whether they will or no.
9-18 Elijah called for fire from heaven, to consume the haughty, daring sinners; not to secure himself, but to prove his mission, and to reveal the wrath of God from heaven, against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. Elijah did this by a Divine impulse, yet our Saviour would not allow the disciples to do the like, #Lu 9:54|. The dispensation of the Spirit and of grace by no means allowed it. Elijah was concerned for God's glory, those for their own reputation. The Lord judges men's practices by their principles, and his judgment is according to truth. The third captain humbled himself, and cast himself upon the mercy of God and Elijah. There is nothing to be got by contending with God; and those are wise for themselves, who learn submission from the fatal end of obstinacy in others. The courage of faith has often struck terror into the heart of the proudest sinner. So thunderstruck is Ahaziah with the prophet's words, that neither he, nor any about him, offer him violence. Who can harm those whom God shelters? Many who think to prosper in sin, are called hence like Ahaziah, when they do not expect it. All warns us to seek the Lord while he may be found.
Johnny Smith's 2 Kings Chapter 1 comment on 11/11/2013, 11:51pm...
We should not move unless
God tells us to. We should
obey God rather than man.
Sylvanus Ibanga's 2 Kings Chapter 1 comment about verse 12 on 10/27/2013, 7:27pm...
Useful to the vessels of honor!
Timothy Wayne George's 2 Kings Chapter 1 comment on 10/16/2013, 9:41am...
Ahaziah's failure to call on the true God Jehovah, and instead called on Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether he would recover from the disease caused Elijah to tell him he would surely die. We today must call on the true God Jehovah to lift us out of the political crisis which is a disease. When King Hezekiah was told he was going to die, he called on Jehovah God, and the Lord added fifteen years to his life. We pray that our leaders will humble themselves and pray, seek Jehovah God's face, and turn from their wicked ways, then God will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal the land.
Kenneth's 2 Kings Chapter 1 comment about verse 12 on 9/22/2013, 2:47pm...
This is all about the integrity to go forward or excel in the things of God and never come down! But once once you continue in the things of God and refuse to listen to those voices, God will always lift you up. Job 22:29. The enemy will be disappointed. Job 5:12. No matter what happens, keep trusting God; and you will always prevail.
Agnon's 2 Kings Chapter 1 comment on 8/20/2013, 5:07pm...
it is obvious that the stricken king has strayed away from the one God Yahuweh and has aligned himself with the Satanical god Baalzebub. This unholy alliance could only result in king Ahaziah's demise.
David Orabueze's 2 Kings Chapter 1 comment on 7/26/2013, 11:08am...
Every man of God deserves respect nomatter how small, big, old, or young he might be. they came to him with human authority while he (Elija) responded with spiritual authority that commeth from above. Again in any situation you find your self first consult God and not the oracle of vilage
Luis Martinez's 2 Kings Chapter 1 comment on 5/28/2013, 11:17pm...
All the other translations rephrase 1:3 as Is it because there is no God in Israel that you go ask...
but I'm not quite sure that is what it means. He knows that there is a God in Israel, which is why he keeps sending 50 men after 50, after 50. He wants Baalzebub's help and approval.
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