Today’s passage is 2 Kings 1:1-18. Let’s go!
2 Kings 1:1-4 (NIV)
1 After Ahab’s death, Moab rebelled against Israel.
2 Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, “Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury.”
3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’
4 Therefore this is what the LORD says: ‘You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!'” So Elijah went.
On verses 1-4: Ahaziah king of Israel falls and injures himself. He wonders whether he will recover from this accident or die from it. He decides to consult Baal-Zebub the god of Ekron on the question. The Lord’s prophet Elijah brings a message to Ahaziah, stating that Ahaziah’s actions have offended the Lord. By seeking another god for help and not consulting the Lord first, Ahaziah showed that he places his hope in other things more than he does in God. Elijah also tells Ahaziah that Ahaziah will not recover but will certainly die.