Second Kings 1 Commentary
Ahaziah is a true son of Ahab and Jezebel: extremely ungodly and arrogant. He has nothing to do with the God of Israel and His prophets. We know there is a death sentence hanging over Ahaziah’s head because of Ahab’s sins. But Ahaziah does nothing to help the situation. In fact, he starts his own pile of sins by consulting an idol instead of enquiring of the LORD.
The LORD sends Elijah to pronounce judgment on the young king. He would not recover but die. Instead of responding in humility, Ahaziah sends his military to capture Elijah. Regardless of the fact that fire from the LORD, at the command of Elijah, has already consumed two sets of troops, the unrepentant and proud king still sends the third set. Ahaziah is a foolish hardcore. He doesn’t know when to be strong and when to be humble.
Eventually, Elijah meets the king. The message is the same. The young king would die because he has not honored the LORD by consulting an idol. Had the young king responded in repentance to the first message, probably the second message was going to be different. Sadly, because of kingly arrogance and pride, the message remains the same.
Ahaziah’s ending is sad. A young ruler with so much promise comes down by engineering his own death. He had so much time to make things right with the LORD but instead, decided to stick to his parent’s path of idolatry. Every man has to decide his own destiny. Ahaziah didn’t.
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