Chronological Bible Reading 2 Kings 1-4

1 July 2020, Chronological Bible Reading, 2 Kings 1-4.

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My wife, Lori, and I are reading through the Bible in chronological order, which is the order in which the events happened. Her blog on this can be found here. This is not intended to be a lesson or a sermon. It is my thoughts and notes as I read through the text and as I sometimes look things up. Today we read 2 Kings 1-4.

2 Kings 1

Ahaziah became ill and sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether he would recover. The angel of the Lord told to Elijah to go meet the messengers and say to them, “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Now therefore thus says the Lord, ‘You shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but you shall surely die.’”

The messengers returned to Ahaziah and told him what had been told them. When they described the man, he knew it was Elijah. The king sent a captain of fifty with his fifty. When the captain ordered Elijah to come down, Elijah replied to the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.

This happened with a second captain of fifty and his fifty. The king sent a third captain of fifty with his fifty. The captain bowed and asked Elijah to not kill him or his men. The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So he arose and went down with him to the king and told Ahzaiah the same message God had said to the original messengers. Ahaziah died according to the word of the Lord.

Jehoram became king in his place.

2 Kings 2

When Elijah was about to be taken up by the Lord, Elijah asked Elisha what he could do for Elisha. Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit upon him. Elijah responded that if Elisha saw him leave, he would get what he asked for. A chariot fire and its horses of fire appeared and took Elijah away, and Elisha saw it.

Elisha succeeded Elijah as prophet.

The water of Jericho was bad. Elisha purified it.

Many kids mocked Elisha and Elisha cursed them in the name of the Lord. Two female bears came out of the woods and mauled 42 of the kids.

2 Kings 3

Moab rebelled against Jehoram. Jehoram king of Israel asked Jehoshaphat king Judah to join him and Israel’s army in battle. He and the king of Edom joined Jehoram. The kings went to Elisha to inquire of the Lord. Elisha said if it weren’t for the presence of Jehoshaphat, he would ignore them. He had a minstrel play and the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha. He told them to fill the valley with trenches and they would be filled with water by God and God would give the Moabites into their hands.

When the Moabites arose in the morning, the sun shone upon the water and they thought it was blood and that the three kings had killed each other. The Moabites went to get the spoils. The Israelites attacked and slaughtered the Moabites. They destroyed destroyed the cities and filled the land with stones as commanded. The king of Moab with 700 swordsmen was unable to break through to the king of Edom.

The king of Moab offered the son who was supposed to become king after him as a burn offering to his god and great wrath came upon Israel and they left and returned to their own land.

2 Kings 4

A woman whose husband had died asked Elisha for help with bills. she only had a jar of oil. Elisha had her borrow every vessel she could get her hands on, and then fill them with oil from the jar. She had enough oil to fill every vessel she could get, and was able to pay her bills out of the proceeds from selling the oil and was able live on the remainder.

A Shunammite woman saw Elisha was going by often, and set up a bed for him. One day he took advantage of the bed and wanted to repay her kindnessss. She didn’t need anything. So his servant suggested she was childless. So Elisha promised her a son. And she conceived and gave birth.

But when he had become an adult, he got sick and died. She went to Elisha and Elisha brought him back to life.

After returning to Gilgal, Elisha had his servant cook stew for the sons of the prophets. One gathered gourds from a wild unknown vine. As they were eating, they became very sick. Elisha put meal into the stew and so cleansed the stew.

Elisha told his servant to hand out twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain to the people. When questioned, since there was no where near enough food for all the people, he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” And they did so, and it was as the Lord had said.

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