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Ahaziah

Ahaziah, king of Israel, was the son and royal successor of King Ahab. Ahaziah was very much the child of his parents, having inherited his father's corruption and the religious paganism of his mother, the infamous Jezebel (see The Fall of Ahab and Jezebel). Ahaziah's reign was marked by a revolt of the Moabites against Israel (2 Kings 3:5-7) and a partnership with King Jehoshaphat of Judah to establish shipping through the Red Sea, an enterprise that didn't work out because of The Lord's wrath upon Ahaziah:

"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).

Kings of Israel and Judah

"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.

"And he did evil in the sight of The Lord, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin: For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger The Lord God of Israel, according to all that his father had done." (1 Kings 22:51-53 KJV)

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.

And Jehoram reigned in his stead in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; because he had no son." (2 Kings 1:15-17 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who was "Baalzebub the god of Ekron" that Ahaziah chose to worship in place of The Lord?
See Baal-zebub and Beelzebub


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