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September 1, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Kings 1 (ESV)

After the death of Ahab, Moab rebelled against Israel.

Now Ahaziah fell through the lattice in his upper chamber in Samaria, and lay sick; so he sent messengers, telling them, “Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this sickness.” 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 to them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Now therefore thus says the Lord, You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.’” So Elijah went....Continue Reading

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  1. 3But the angel of the Lord 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 God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? 4Now therefore thus says the Lord, You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.'” So Elijah went.

  2. How ludicrous it is for a King of Israel to consult a foreign god to get counsel and prophecy. And yet a clear sign of how far the Jews had fallen. There were and will be righteous kings of Judah (the southern kingdom, sometimes referenced as Jerusalem as well) but not any in the Northern kingdom (referred to as Israel and Samaria because that’s where the capital was). But both will deteriorate and disobey and be sent into exile. And all along the way the prophets spoke warning and reminding the Jews of their God and the covenant He called them to.

    The confident faith of Elijah is impressive as are the results of calling fire down from heaven. It’s amazing it took the third commander to get the point.

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