Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 19, 2015

“Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of …?”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings Chapter 1.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+1&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“2 And Ahaziah fell through the lattice in his upper chamber which was in Samaria, and became ill.  So he sent messengers and said to them, “Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I will recover from this sickness.”  3 But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria 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?’ 

9 Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty.  And he went up to him, and behold, he was sitting on the top of the hill.  And he said to him, “O man of God, the king says, ‘Come down.’”  10 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.

11 So he again sent to him another captain of fifty with his fifty.  And he said to him, “O man of God, thus says the king, ‘Come down quickly.’”  12 Elijah replied to them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.”  Then the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.

13 So he again sent the captain of a third fifty with his fifty.  When the third captain of fifty went up, he came and bowed down on his knees before Elijah, and begged him and said to him, “O man of God, please let my life and the lives of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight.  14 Behold fire came down from heaven and consumed the first two captains of fifty with their fifties;  but now let my life be precious in your sight.”  15 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.  16 Then he said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron—is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of His word?—therefore you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.’”

17 So Ahaziah died according to the word of the Lord which Elijah had spoken.  And because he had no son, Jehoram became king in his place in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah.”  2 Kings Chapter 1:  Verses 2-3 and 9-17.

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We may laugh and scoff at Ahaziah for seeking an answer to his question only from Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, but do we also seek answers to our questions about how to live only from sources other from God through His Word, the Bible? 

For example, I am continually tempted to first and only seek advice on how to handle my finances and prepare for retirement from only “worldly” financial magazines, internet sources, and other sources of information rather than from seeking advice from the Word of God.

I am certainly not saying that we should not seek advice from “worldly sources”.  We should certainly learn about stocks and bonds and index funds and employers’ 401ks and individual Roth IRAs and the importance of diversification in investments and the importance of early and systematic saving and when to begin taking Social Security etc.

But, if we only sought advice from “worldly sources”, we would never tithe nor give as we should.  We would never volunteer nor work in certain low-paying areas of employment.  We would worry and be anxious about money much more than we should.  We would love money, the love of which is the root of all evil.  “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”  1 Timothy 6:10.

In conclusion, for those who seek God and meditate on His Word day and night, there is the promise of security and success.

“2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.”  Psalm 1:2-3.


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