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In the pilot episode of The Matthew Bible Podcast, Pastor Nathan Harding presented the story of king Ahaziah and the prophet Elijah as found in 2 Kings. The king wanted to capture Elijah because the prophet had proclaimed negatively against him. 150 of the kings soldiers were sent to capture the man of God who was sitting on the top of a hill, but the soldiers were faced with a protective fire from heaven and could not get through: Only one of three captains made a good choice.
The Matthew Bible compared to the King James
The main differences that were discussed was the variations in a couple of the names (Ohoziah/Eliah vs. Ahaziah and Elijah), and that the Matthew Bible said the king attempted to inquire “through” Baalzebub, whereas the KJV said inquire “of” Baalzebub. This difference in words is a point of interest for future Bible studies. If you choose to use the podcast episode as a Bible study you might attempt to discover what was taking place in this incident by asking “how did the king try to communicate with Baalzebub?”
The Scriptural Story - Taken from The Matthew Bible: Modern Spelling Edition™ 2 Ki 1:1-18
The following Scriptures have been translated into Modern Spelling, Modern Font and have had KJV verse divisions added.
1 And the Moabites rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.
2 And Ohoziah fell through a lattice window out of an upper chamber that he had in Samaria, & fell sick. Then he sent messengers saying unto them: go & inquire of Beelzebub the God of Akaron, whether I shall recover of this disease.
3 But the Angel of the Lord spake unto Eliah the Thesbite: up and go against the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them: Is it because there is no God in Israel, that ye go to ask through Beelzebub the God of Akaron.
4 Therefore thus sayeth the Lord: thou shalt not come down from the bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt die. And Eliah departed.
5 And the messengers turned back again unto him. And he said unto them: why are ye thus come again?
6 And they said unto him: there came a man against us & said unto us: go and turn again unto the king that sent you, & say unto him. Thus sayeth the lord: It is because there is no God in Israel, that thou sendest to inquire through Beelzebub the God of Akaron? Therefore thou shalt not come down from the bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
7 And he said to them: what manner a man was that which met you, and told you these words?
8 And they said unto him: it was an hairy man and gird with a girdle of a skin about his loins. And he said unto them: it is Eliah the Thesbite.
9 Then the king sent unto him a captain, over fifty with his fifty. And when the captain was come to him: behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And the captain said unto him: man of God, the king biddeth thee come down.
10 And Eliah answered and said to the captain over the fifty: if I be a man of God, fire come down from heaven and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came fire down from heaven, & devoured him & his fifty.
11 And the king went again and sent to him another captain over fifty with his fifty, which answered & said unto him: O man of God, thus sayeth the king, make haste & come down.
12 And Eliah answered and said unto them: if I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven & consume thee & thy fifty. And there came fire down from heaven, and consumed him, and his fifty. And the king sent again the third captain over fifty.
13 And when the third captain over fifty was come up to him, he fell on his knees before Eliah and besought him & said unto him: Oh man of God, let my life & thy life of these fifty thy servants be precious in thy sight.
14 Behold, there came fire down from heaven & burned up the two fore captains over fifty with their fifties. But let my life now be precious in thy sight.
15 Then said the Angel of the Lord unto Eliah: go down with him, and be not afraid of him. And he went down with him unto the king.
16 And he said unto the king, thus sayeth the Lord: for as much as thou sentest messengers to ask through Beelzebub the God of Akaron, as though there had been no God in Israel to ask through this word? therefore thou shalt not come off the bed on which thou art ascended, but shalt surely die.
17 And so he died according to the word of the lord which Eliah spake, and Jehoram was made king in his stead, the second year of Jehoram son of Jehosaphat king of Judah, because he had no son.
18 The rest of the deeds of Ohoziah which he did, are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
Questions for conducting a Bible Study or for consideration:
1. Is there ever a time to seek spiritual advice of people who do not serve God?
2. What does it mean to have no other God’s before Jehovah our God?
3. Are there times in your life that you took bad counsel and it caused you harm?
4. What would your life look like today if you only followed Godly wisdom?