Don’t Come Down
The King hath said, come down (II kings 1:7-9)
The Scripture text before us was an encounter between prophet Elijah the man of God, the messengers of king Ahaziah the son of Ahab whom he sent to Ekron to inquire of Baal-Zebub the god of Ekron whether he shall recover of his disease and a captain of fifty soldiers with his fifty whom the king sent to arrest Elijah. The Israelite’s by this time were yet to recover from the ruins, destruction and devastation brought about by the evil reign of king Ahab and his enfant terrible wife Jezebel who introduced the worship of Baal in Israel of God and influenced her husband king Ahab to do all manner of evil. Israelite under Ahab and Jezebel chose Baal For God, except Elijah brought a revival and reawakening to His people who in repentance shifted their allegiance Baal back to God saying:
The Lord, He is the God
the Lord, He is the God
(II kings. 18:39)
But soon after the death of King Ahab, his so king Ahaziah, who reigned in his stead had an accident by falling down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria. Rather than go to God for healing for the wound and injures sustained from the accident thereby correcting the mistake made by his late father Ahab, Ahaziah like Beltshazzar the son of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon went further to do more evil than his father through he knew what happened ton his father for disobeying God. Ahab worshiped Baal who God used Elijah the prophet to destroy, but Ahaziah his son then went to Baal-Zebub, A higher idol to be introduced to Israel again. God who wouldn’t take chance had His servant Elijah at hand to stop the evil move by Ahaziah to save His people Israel from another circle of destruction, suffering and pain witnessed during the reign of Ahab. Ahaziah who was bent on following the evil steps and ways of his parents then decided to arrest and possibly kill Elijah to avoid what his father suffered in the hands of the prophet. What concerns us in this little pamphlet is not how the battle ended between God and King Ahaziah, the son of Ahab, but the command the king gave to Elijah through a captain of his fifty.
Thous man of God, the King hath said, Come down.