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Ahaziah Of Israel

Ahaziah of The Northern Kingdom of Israel (not to be confused with Ahaziah of The Southern Kingdom of Judah; see Kings of Israel and Judah and Israelite Dynasties) was the son of Ahab Of Israel and his infamously-wicked wife Jezebel. Ahaziah began to reign after the death of his father from a prophesied battle wound (see the Fact Finder question below).

"22:37 So the king died, and was brought to Samaria [see also Crossing Samaria]; and they buried the king in Samaria. 22:38 And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour; according unto the word of the LORD which he spake.

22:39 Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which he made, and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

22:40 So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead." (1 Kings 22:37-40 KJV)

"He did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother"

As was often the case, the reign of a king of Israel or Judah was recorded in time relation to their counterpart in the other kingdom. In Ahaziah's case, he "began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah" (see Jehoshaphat Of Judah). Ahaziah reigned only two years, a time of idolatry and corruption that invited the wrath of the LORD just as Ahaziah's parents had brought upon themselves.

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"22:51 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.

22:52 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD [i.e. evil in the sight of Jesus Christ; see Christ The Creator, 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' and 'The God Of The Old Testament'], 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: 22:53 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)

Amidst the evil, Ahaziah's reign was a failure - politically, militarily, and even on a personal level for Ahaziah. Moab revolted when Ahaziah began to reign, and he was severely injured in a fall "through a lattice in his upper chamber." Rather than seeking healing from the LORD, Ahaziah appealed to the "god" of his mother, "Baalzebub the god of Ekron" (see Baal-zebub and Beelzebub).

"1:1 Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.

1:2 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 1:1-2 KJV)

The LORD then sent the prophet Elijah (see The Prophets: Elijah) to rebuke the king for seeking the help of the Devil. The LORD at that time also declared that Ahaziah would die from the injury that crippled him.

"1:3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? 1:4 Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

And Elijah departed." (2 Kings 1:3-4 KJV)

When Elijah spoke the message of the LORD to Ahaziah's messengers while they were on their way to "inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron," they returned to the king.

"1:5 And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto them, Why are ye now turned back?

1:6 And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

1:7 And he said unto them, What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you these words?

1:8 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins.

And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite." (2 Kings 1:5-8 KJV)

Ahaziah's response was to send troops to arrest Elijah (it wasn't the first time that Elijah faced the forces of a corrupt and deviant government - Ahaziah's parents, Ahab and Jezebel, had also sent troops after Elijah; see Showdown At Carmel).

"1:9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.

1:10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

1:11 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly.

1:12 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

1:13 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight. 1:14 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight." (2 Kings 1:9-14 KJV)

Elijah then delivered the Word of God to the king. Ahaziah died thereafter, exactly as the LORD declared.

"1:15 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.

1:16 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.

1:17 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. 1:18 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?" (2 Kings 1:15-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: How were the deaths of both Ahab and Jezebel prophesied?
See The Fall Of Ahab and Jezebel


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