2 Kings 1-3     Psalm 69     Romans 9

Review:  King Ahaziah of Israel is injured (1:1-4)…God protects Elijah with fire three times (1:5-16)…Ahaziah dies and Jehoram becomes king (1:17-18)…Elijah taken into heaven by way of a whirlwind (2:1-11)…Elisha given a double portion of Elijah’s spirit (2:12-14) and succeeds him (2:15-22) as prophet of Israel…Kids insults of Elisha are reproved (2:23-25)…Jehoram is not as bad as his parents, Ahab and Jezebel (3:1-8)…Moab is defeated by the combined forces of Israel, Judah, and Edom (3:9-27).

Analysis:  Ahaziah is the product of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel who were certainly competitive with the worst of monarch’s of Israel (1 Kings 22:52-53)…Ahaziah succumbs to Elijah, king to prophet, idolatry to orthodoxy (1:1-17)…Three times Elijah tells Elisha not to follow him; three times Elisha disobeys showing his devotion and independent thinking (2:2-8)…The mysterious departure of Elijah with horses of fire and chariot and whirlwind display God’s both awesome and unpredictable natures (cp. Exodus 14, Joshua 3-4, Deuteronomy 34)…The youth’s may have survived their encounter with two female bears (2:23-25)…Elisha’s insights are contrasted with the monarch’s beliefs (2 Kings 3)…It’s of interest to note that the LORD’s dealings are not simply with His people in isolation; rather they are made in some combination with happenings and other peoples…All of this takes time to come together.