SUMMARY OF 2 KINGS 1
King Ahaziah of Israel fell. He sent messentgers to false gods to ask if he will recover from his injury. The angel of the Lord instructs Elijah to confront these messengers and send them back to King Ahaziah to tell him that he would die due to his lack of faith. King Ahaziah sent a commander and 50 troops to retrieve Elijah to him. Elijah called down fire from heaven to consume them. He did this to the next 50 men who came for him, too.
A third captain with 50 men begged to not be killed. God told Elijah to go with this man. Elijah went to the king who then died. King Ahaziah had no sons so Joram succeeded him as king.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 6, Day 5: 2 Kings 1
13) King Ahaziah of Israel fell. He sent messentgers to false gods to ask if he will recover from his injury rather than consulting God.
14a) Elijah was God’s chosen messenger to reveal to King Ahaziah his punishment for seeking false gods.
b) I think he was Spirit-led. If he wasn’t, fire would not have reigned down. The lesson is that the 3rd captain and men came humbly and begged for their lives. After all, they were just doing what they were told from the king.
15) I think we all can relate to resisting God, especially when things are just not going our way in this world. They key is to turn back to Him always.
16) He has always provided, always answered (nor not answered prayers) according to His will, and He continues to lead me in my life.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 6, Day 5: 2 Kings 1
I don’t remember this at all. While we may see God’s judgment as harsh on the 100 men, remember they are unbelievers, and God’s judgment is perfect. The men could have refused the king’s order since God’s commands are superior to men’s commands, but they did not.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 6, Day 5: 2 Kings 1
Ahab had been a powerful ruler. With his death, Moab felt safe to rebel. They had been under Israel’s control since the time of David (2 Samuel 8:2 and 8:11-12). This is just one sign of Israel’s imminent decline.
Ahaziah could have repented when warned of his death. He did not. God is merciful, so he may have been spared.
The soldiers acted immorally when coming for Elijah. In fact, it was a slight against God more so than Elijah. Elijah asked God to send fire down. God could have refused. Instead, God sent his judgment upon them.
The sin was not believing in God and His presense in Israel. For that, Ahaziah and the soldiers paid with their lives.
Joram or Jehoram was the brother of king Ahaziah and a son of Ahab.
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