2 Chronicles 21-22

2 Chronicles 21-22

Chapter 21: Jehoram Slays His Brothers

Jehoshaphat rested with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. Jehoram, the son of Jehoshaphat ruled in his place. The sons of Jehoshaphat were; Azariah, Jehiel, Zehariah, Azaryahu, Michael, and Shephatiah. Jehoshaphat gave all of his son’s great gifts of silver, gold, precious things and fortified cities. But Jehoshaphat gave Jehoram the kingdom, because he was the first born. Jehoram was 32 years old when he became king, the first thing that he did once he became king was to kill all of his brothers and all the princes in his lands, so that he could have all the power. He ruled for 8 years in Jerusalem.

Jehoram walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, just like the house of Ahab had done. His wife was one of the daughters of Ahab. Jehoram did evil in the sight of the Lord. But oddly enough the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the promise and covenant that he had made with David not to destroy his house.

The Edomites decided that they did not want to live under the rule of Jehoram any longer, so they set out to make a king over themselves. So Jehoram went out with his officers and all of his chariots and attacked the Edomites who had surrounded him by night, in revolt against his authority.

A letter came to Jehoram from the Prophet Elijah, which read; …Thus saith the Lord God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah, But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father’s house, which were better than thyself: Behold, with a great plague will the Lord smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods: And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.” (2 Chronicles 21: 12-15)

The Lord also stirred up the spirit of the Philistines and the Arabians against Jehoram and they came up to Judah and invaded it, and carried away all the possessions that were found in the kings house, and all of his sons and wives, only leaving behind his youngest son; Jehoahaz. After all of this, the Lord also struck Jehoram with an incurable disease of the intestines, which he died painfully 2 years later. No one was saddened by his death. The people did bury him in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.

Chapter 22: Ahaziah Reigns in Wickedness

The inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah, the youngest of the king’s son to reign in his place. Ahaziah was 42 years old when he became king and he reigned only one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah, the granddaughter of Omri. Ahaziah also walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and the house of Ahab, because his mother advised him to do wickedly. Because of this, he did evil in the sight of the Lord. Ahaziah followed their advice and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth Gilead where the Syrians wounded Joram. Then he returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds which he had received at Ramah, when he fought against the king of Syria. Azariah went down to see Jehoram Jezreel, because he was sick. This was sort of a setup, because God knew that he would go, and this would be Ahaziah’s downfall, because when he arrived, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, who the Lord had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab.

When Jehu was executing judgment on the house of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah’s brothers who served Ahaziah, he killed them. Then he searched for Ahaziah; and they caught him (he was hiding in Samaria), and brought him to Jehu. They killed Ahaziah and buried him; this left the house of Ahaziah without power over the kingdom. Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah upon hearing of her son’s death killed all the royal heirs in the house of Judah. While Athaliah was doing this, Jehoshabeath (the daughter of the king) took Joash (the son of Ahaziah) and hid him, so Athaliah could not murder him. Joash remain hidden in the house of God for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the land.

2 Kings 1-2

2 Kings 1-2

Chapter 1: “John the Baptist” – Elijah Prophesies the Death of Ahaziah

Moab rebelled against Israel, because of the death of Ahab. Ahaziah fell through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and sustained injuries because of the fall. He sends messengers to Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron to find out whether or not he would recover from his injuries.

An angel of the Lord speaks with Elijah the Tishbite and tells him to arise and go to meet the messengers of the King of Samaria and ask them if it is because they have no God in Israel that they are reaching out to a fake god of Ekron “Baal-Zebub” to find out whether or not he will recover. So Elijah tells them that he shall no recover, but shall surely die.

After meeting with Elijah the messengers return to Ahaziah; and Ahaziah asks them why they have returned and not done as he had asked. So the messengers explained to him that a man met them and told them what would happen. So he asks the messengers to describe the man and after hearing “a hairy man with a leather belt around his waist, he knew that it was Elijah the Tishbite.

The king then sends a captain of fifty with his fifty men to go and find Elijah. When they find him, he is sitting on the top of a hill and they speak to him, commanding the “Man of God” to come down and Elijah responds by saying that he is indeed a man of God and if he truly is, let fire come down from heaven and consume your fifty men… and FIRE came down from heaven and killed his fifty men.

So the king sends another fifty and they ask for the man of God and the same thing happens, he responds and fire consumes them from heaven.

So the king sends another fifty, except this time the captain comes to Elijah and humbly kneels before him and pleads with him to not kill him or his men. An angel of the Lord tells Elijah that it is safe for him to come down and he does, sparing this group of fifty men.

Elijah delivers the exact same message he delivered to the first group of men that he had met on their journey to see Baal-Zebub, telling Ahaziah that it is because there is no God in Israel that they are going after false gods and because of this he will surely die of his injuries.

Ahaziah dies and leaves no successor to the throne. Because he had no son, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah becomes king.

Chapter 2: Elijah and Elisha

The Lord was about to take Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, but Elijah said to Elisha to stay there, but Elisha tells Elijah that he will not leave him. So they both go down to Bethel and there they are met by other sons of the Prophets who tell Elisha that the Lord will take away his master (Elijah) today and Elisha responds by knowing, but asking them to keep silent about the matter.

Elijah tells Elisha to stay as he travels to Jericho, but again Elisha refuses and goes with him to Jericho. Then the sons of the prophets tell Elisha the same thing, and he asks them to be quiet. Elijah then tells Elisha to stay, because the Lord had called him onto Jordan, but again Elisha refuses and goes to Jordan and again they tell him and he asks them to be silent.

As they cross the river, Elijah takes his mantle, rolled it up and struck the water… causing it to be divided, so they could cross on dry ground. After crossing over, Elijah asks Elisha to ask him anything before he departs. Elisha asks for a double portion of his spirit to be upon him… Elijah thinks that he has asked for a hard thing, but tells him that if he sees him when he is taken away then it shall happen, but if he does not see him as he is being taken away… that it wouldn’t happen.

Elijah and Elisha are walking along talking when suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, that separated the two of them and Elijah went up in a whirlwind of heaven. Elisha took hold of his own clothes and rent them into two pieces and took the mantel of Elijah and stood by the bank of Jordan.

Elisha begins his ministry as the prophet. He takes the mantle of Elijah and stuck the water causing the river to be divided. Once the people from Jericho saw this, they came to meet him and bowed before him saying that the spirit of Elijah rested upon him.

The sons of the prophets come out and ask for a search party to find Elijah thinking that the chariots of fire might have taken him to some other part of Israel. Elisha knew that this mission would be futile and when they come back without finding their master, he tells them… did I not say to “not go”.

The men of the city go to Elisha and ask him to heal the water source. He asks for a bowl of salt, which he pours into the river and tells them that the water source would be healed.

Elisha then left and went to Bethel, and as he was walking along the road, the youths from the city came out an mocked him, calling him “baldhead”, he turned around and pronounced a curse upon them in the name of the Lord which caused to female bears of the forest to come out and mauled forty two of the youths. Then he went to Mount Carmel and from there he returned to Samaria.