Week #51; Wed, 12/19/18: 1 Kings 21:1–2 Kings 3:27

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Many miraculous events took place by Elijah and Elisha that were worked on behalf of the Lord against evil in Israel.
2. There were good kings and bad kings throughout the times of the kings of Israel and Judah.
3. Other gods made Israel to sin but these gods were proved ineffective and false.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
1 Kings 21, Naboth and Ahab, King of Samaria
1. Naboth owned a vineyard that he inherited from his fathers and it was located near the the house of King Ahab.
2. King Ahab’s greed led him to seek Naboth’s vineyard for his own.
3. Ahab offered to either give Naboth a better vineyard or purchase it outright for money.
4. Naboth refused because his vineyard had been the land he inherited from his fathers.
5. Ahab became upset and refused to eat; but when his wife Jezebel learned what happened, she told Ahab that she would give him the vineyard belonging to Naboth.
6. Jezebel wrote letters to the city elders and leaders to arrange a fast with Naboth at the head table between two worthless fellows that are to bring false charges against Naboth.
7. The two worthless fellows charged Naboth in the presence of the people saying, “You have cursed God and the King.”
8. Naboth was taken out and stoned to death and his death was reported to Jezebel.
9. Jezebel brought the news to Ahab that Naboth was dead; Ahab then went down to take possession of Naboth’s vineyard.
10. But the anger of the Lord was kindled against the house of Ahab and he sent Elijah to meet him in the vineyard.
11. Elijah carried the word of the Lord to Ahab saying, “In the place where the dogs licked up the blood of Naboth, they will lick up your blood because you have done evil in the sight of the Lord.”
12. Further, every male, bond or free, will be cut off from Ahab and his house will be like Jeroboam and Baasha because Ahab made Israel to sin.
13. Jezebel and anyone belonging to Ahab will also be eaten by the dogs within the walls of Jezreel; those that die in the open country will be eaten by the birds of heaven.
14. Ahab fasted and repented in sackcloth and the word of the Lord came to Elijah saying, “I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the disaster upon his house.”

1 Kings 22, False Prophets and Ahab
1. Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah came to the king of Israel and they agreed to reclaim Ramoth-gilead from the king of Syria.
2. Jehoshaphat told the king of Israel, “Inquire first for the word of the Lord.”
3. About 400 prophets were gathered together and they said, “Go up, for the Lord will give it into the hand of the king.”
4. But, Jehoshaphat sought another prophet and Micaiah was found.
5. Micaiah said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master; let each return to his home in peace.'”
6. But the Lord said, “Who will entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?”; a spirit came before the Lord and said, “I will entice him.”
7. The spirit went out and enticed the prophets and Micaiah was thrown into prison and given bread and water.
8. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead to do battle.
9. An arrow from a random bow struck Ahab, king of Israel, and he later died in his chariot.
10. About sunset a cry went out, “Every man to his city, and every man to his country.”
11. As the blood of Ahab was washed from his chariot, the dogs came and licked up his blood.
12. Ahaziah, his son, reigned in his place for two years; he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.
13. Ahaziah served Baal and worshiped him angering the Lord of Israel.
14. Jehoshaphat reigned in Israel for 25 years; he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, but he failed to remove the high places for sacrificing and making offerings.

2 Kings 1, Elijah Denounces Ahaziah, King of Samaria
1. Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.
2. Ahaziah, Ahab’s son, was injured when he fell from his upper chamber and he sent messengers to go to Baal-zebub to inquire if he would recover.
3. The Lord said to Elijah to inform Ahaziah he would not come down from the bed to which he has entered, but that he would surly die.
4. Elijah met Ahaziah’s messengers and told them the Lord’s message regarding Ahaziah.
5. Ahaziah sent a captain and fifty men to Elijah who told him to come down from a mountain; but Elijah confronted the men saying, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.
6. Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
7. Ahaziah sent a second captain and fifty men to order Elijah to come down, but Elijah replied as he did for the first captain.
8. The fire of God came down again and destroyed the second captain and his men.
9. Ahaziah sent a third captain and fifty men to Elijah who fell on his knees pleading to let him live.
10. The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go with him to see the king.”
11. Elijah said to the king, “You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.”
12. Ahaziah died and Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat, became king in his place because Ahaziah had no son.

2 Kings 2, Elijah Taken Up to Heaven
1. Elijah and Elisha were traveling to Gilgal when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind.
2. Elijah told Elisha to stay put; however, Elisha told Elijah that “I will not leave you.”
3. Again, while on the way to Jericho Elijah told Elisha to stay back, but Elisha told Elijah that “I will not leave you.”
4. And again, while on the way to the Jordan, Elijah told Elisha to stay, but Elisha told Elijah that “I will not leave you.”
5. But as was prophesied by the prophets of Jericho, Elijah took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the water; the water was parted till the two men could go over on dry ground.
6. Before Elijah was lifted up, he asked Elisha what he should do for him; Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”
7. Elijah told Elisha that if he saw him being taken in a whirlwind, it would be so.
7. As they continued to walk, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
8. Elisha saw Elijah go up in the whirlwind; later Elisha also separated the water with his cloak.
9. Elisha succeeded Elijah.
10. The men of Jericho reported to Elisha that the water of the city is bad and the land is unfruitful.
11. Elisha told them to bring him a new bowl with salt in it that he used to throw into the spring and it became fresh.
12. On his way to Bethel, small boys jeered at Elisha; he cursed them and bears came out of the woods and tore 42 of the boys.
13. From there, he went on to Mount Carmel and from there he returned to Samaria.

2 Kings 3, Moab Rebels Against Israel
1. Jehoram, son of Ahab, reigned over Israel for 12 years and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.
2. When Ahab died, Mesha, king of Moab, rebelled against the king of Israel.
3. Jehoram marched out of Samaria and mustered all of Israel, Judah, and Edom to fight Moab; but on the way they ran out of water for the men and the animals.
4. The three kings sought out Elisha, and Elisha asked for a musician.
5. As the musician played, a dry stream bed became full and Elisha said the Moabites will be given into the hands of the three kings.
6. The Moabites came up to fight the three kings, but when they looked at the water, it appeared as blood.
7. The Moabites came down for the spoil thinking the three kings fought with each other and struck each other down.
8. But the Israelites rose and struck the Moabites, till they fled before them.
9. The Israelites stopped every spring of water and felled all the good trees.
10. Finally, the king of Moab took his oldest son and offered him for a burnt offering causing a great wrath on Israel.
11. Israel withdrew and returned to their own land.

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