2 Kings 1: The son of Ahab dies

Synopsis:

After Ahab’s death the Moabites rebel. Ahaziah fell through a lattice in his chamber and was sick, so he sent messengers to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron to see if he would recover. The messengers met the prophet Elijah on the road and he told them to turn back. He told them God was made that Ahaziah had enquired to Baal-zebub and not Him, so Ahaziah will die of his injuries. Ahaziah isn’t happy about this so he sends 3 units of 50 men to try and bring Elijah to him, but Elijah has God kills all 100 of them with fire from heaven. The third unit is spared because the captain of that group asked for mercy. Elijah went with this guard to the king and told him he was going to die, which he did. Jehoram of Judah took over because Ahaziah had no son.

In other words:

The king of Israel has an accident and dies from his injuries, leaving no heir.

Favorite bit:

2 Kings 1:8 (a description of the prophet Elijah) He was a hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.

2nd favorite bit:

2 Kings 1:9-14 – The killing of the king’s men in spectacular fashion.  The king sent a captain of 50 with his 50. And he went to Elijah and told him to come down. Elijah answer, “If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy 50.” And there came down fire from heave, and consumed him and his 50. This happens twice. The third captain was smart enough to plead for mercy.

3rd favorite bit:

Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron.

Moral Lesson Learned:

If you are injured, don’t waste your time on prayers, get a doctor! (2 Kings 1)