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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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Fact Finder: How were the deaths of both Ahab and Jezebel prophesied?