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2 Kings 1-3


A Devotional Journey
     led by Dr. Gene Pearson                                                                                                              
Thru the Bible in a Year

       As in 1 and 2 Samuel, so 1 and 2 Kings are really just one book so the second book simply continues the story begun in the first.  Ahab’s son, Ahaziah, continues to reject and offend God by his pursuit of false gods, and when in an illness he sends messengers to ask representatives of the Philistine god, Baal-Zebub (whose name means lord of the flies and is a deliberate Israelite corruption of the real name, Baal-Zabul, which means Baal the prince), whether he will recover from an injury.
       When the prophet Elijah hears what Ahaziah is doing, he is led by God to intercept the messengers and announce to them that because of this idolatrous action their master will surely die.  When the king sends soldiers to capture Elijah, the prophet calls down the fire of God and all fifty of them are consumed.  After this has happened a second time, Elijah consents to go to the king at the pleading of the third group’s leader (and on the instructions of the angel of God)/
       In greater courage than the brief description could possibly convey, Elijah stands up to the king repeating the prophesy of his death, and the king dies (although it is not clear whether at the time of Elijah’s words, or later on). 
       Elijah’s work is now finished, and he is taken up into heaven in a fiery chariot (one of only two people in the Bible, the other being Enoch, who does not die).  Before his departure, his authority is passed on to Elisha, through whom God  subsequently performs a couple of miracles to authenticate his ministry. 
       After the Moabites, who had been subjugated under King David, revolt against Joram, and Elijah prophesies their defeat (which does occur at the hands of the soldiers of Israel and Judah), Elisha is fully installed in the place of his mentor, Elijah.
       It is an awesome thing to speak for God, something no one should attempt or assert unless God Himself has spoken.  Yet today many people offer words of prophesy as a regular part of certain types of Christian gatherings, and not all of them come true.  Such a situation is completely unnecessary:  the Bible is God’s Word to us, His prophesy to our generation as to all others. 
       We need never be without God’s voice because so much is expressed in this book.  Do you know there are books specifically composed of promises and instructions for specific situations available in most Christian bookstores and at many churches (we put one in our visitor’s packet)? 
       Today, begin recording in a notebook or the back of your Bible, the promises God’ makes and instructions He gives for specific situations such as Uncertainty, Fear, Disappointment.  You can make your own list as you read.  Such an exercise will help you stay focused, and provide you with some wonderful information. 

A. Eugene Pearson 201