1 prophet vs 1 king, 3 captains and 150 soldiers

Sometimes learning can be difficult and can take several lessons. Take Ahaziah king of Samaria for example. He was king during the time of Elijah the prophet. Surely he had seen and heard of some of the mighty works of God performed by the great prophet and yet did not understand who was the true God. When he got sick he decided to send a messenger to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, to ask if he would recover. Why not ask the true God and send a messenger to Elijah.

Elijah under God’s direction intervened and stopped the messenger. He sent the messenger right back to his king with a message from the one true God. (2 kings 1:3)

“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.”” (2 kings 1:3-4)

The King obviously disturbed insisted on having a word with Elijah. He planned to bring in the prophet by force. Shouldn’t he know by now that nobody’s force compares to God’s force. The king sends a captain and fifty soldiers to bring in one lonely unarmed prophet.

The force shows up and the captain demands that Elijah come with him. Elijah said “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” (2 kings 1:10) Then immediately fire came down from heaven and consumed the captain and his fifty. Did the king learn his lesson?

The king sent another captain and another fifty soldiers. This captain said the same thing. Elijah said, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” (2 kings 1:12) Then immediately fire came down from heaven and consumed the captain and his fifty. Did the king learn his lesson?

The king sent a third captain and another fifty soldiers. The king may not have learned anything, but the last captain apparently had become aware of the situation and approached Elijah with all the fear and respect a man of God deserves. He also recognized the power of the true God. On his knees he begged Elijah for mercy. (2 kings 1:13-14) God directed Elijah to go with him and the captain and his men were spared. As for the king, he died as Elijah said he would.

Recognizing the power of God definitely has its advantages! There is no greater force than our God! He will surely fight our battles.

 

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