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by Wayne Blank
"And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly: And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber. Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, The Lord hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish." (2 Chronicles 20:35-37 KJV)
"Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel"
Note how "Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years over Israel" clearly distinguishes between the two independent kingdoms of Israel and Judah (see When Israel Became "Israel" and "Judah", Kings of Israel and Judah and Israelite Dynasties).
"Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years over Israel.
After he injured himself in a fall, Ahaziah sought help from a Satanic idol.
"And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease." (2 Kings 1:2 KJV)
The request was intercepted and answered by The Lord's prophet Elijah.
"And the angel of The Lord said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king. And he said unto him, Thus saith The Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. So he died according to the word of The Lord which Elijah had spoken.
Fact Finder: Who was "Baalzebub the god of Ekron" that Ahaziah chose to worship in place of The Lord?