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27 Jan 2019
1 Kings 22:51 - 2 Kings 1:18
Andrew Sach

 

The prophet who
couldn’t be stopped

1 Kings 22:51 - 2 Kings 1:18

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SYNOPSIS

 

Ahaziah does evil and serves Baal (22:52-53) and when injured, looks to Baal-zebub (2 Kings 1:2)

 

Elijah is told to go up and say:

“…You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die” (v3-4)

 

The king’s messengers report that a man came up and said:

“…You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die” (v5-6)

 

Ahaziah realises that the camel’shair-clothed man was Elijah (vv7-8)!

 

A captain went up and said to Elijah:

 “O man of God … come down!” (v9)

But Elijah answered

 “Let fire come down!

   fire came down (v10)

 

A second captain was sent to say to Elijah:

 “O man of God … come down!” (v11)

But Elijah answered

 “Let fire come down!

   fire came down (v12)

 

A third captain went up and pleaded with Elijah:

 “Please don’t let fire come down!” (vv13-14)

And the angel of the LORD told Elijah

“It’s safe to go down

Elijah went down (v15)

 

Elijah says to the king

“You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die” (v16)

he died according to
the word of the LORD (v17)

 

 

1) Why would you consult the Lord of the flies?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) God will judge the idolater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) God’s word cannot be stopped by force

 

cf. Acts 5:17-42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) God’s word will come to pass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Questions

Where do we see God’s word opposed by force today?
How is this an encouragement to know that it will come to pass?