October 20 2017 19:33:11
What killed the king?
2  King Ahaziah of Israel fell off the balcony on the roof of his palace in Samaria and was seriously injured. So he sent some messengers to consult Baal-zebub, the god of the Philistine city of Ekron, in order to find out whether or not he would recover (Good News).
16 And he [Elijah] said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? THEREFORE thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
17 So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken (KJV) (2 Kings 1:2,16-17).
What killed King Ahaziah? Was it the fall from his upper balcony and the complications arising therefrom? Or was it because he went consulting after the god of Ekron? According to our passage, he died from where he went seeking a solution to what he thought was about to kill him. He died from a where, not a what.  Of course, everybody would say that the king died from his accidental fall, but our passage tells us that his death was actually a divine sentence for seeking help in the places he sent to consult from.
Not everybody dies from their deadly disease. Some die from the deadly places they go to, seeking help.Mind the places you go to when trouble comes. God may pardon ignorant Ekronites who visit their Baalzebub, who might even come out with fantastic lies of Baalzebub’s miraculous powers; but Israelites who should know better, risk death when they play the same game.  Mind the places to which you go to seek help in the season of your great afflictions.
Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help…   (Isaiah 31:1).
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD (Jeremiah 17:5).

A sister told the story of a Christian couple that was childless several years after being married.  This was in spite of their many personal prayers and the solicited prayers from several great and mighty people of God. With time, the wife began to succumb to the pressures from her many ‘concerned’ friends and relatives who urged her to seek alternative potent solutions to her futile ‘church’ option. There was a particular specialist whose record had been impressive, they told her. Then the lady turned the heat on her husband until he could bear her no more and accompanied her to consult the famed juju priest. Her desperation may be explained by the fact that in traditional Africa, a wife is merely a piece of furniture until she has had a child, especially a male child, even if the man might be responsible for the childlessness.
As this Christian couple approached the shrine of the fetish priest, he accosted them outside his entrance and told them that he could not help them unless they renounced their God. How did he know who they were? That was by the way.  The wife wasted no time to answer the priest. “Is that all?’’ she demanded. “Then I deny Jesus,” she ventured. At once she fell down and died, and her husband fled.
Beelzebub might be allowed to lie to his Ekronites, who often come away with fantastic tales of his miraculous feats, but Israelites who walk that path risk disaster.
Not everybody dies from the deadly disease that apparently kills them. Some die from the places they visit, seeking help.  Mind the places you go to seek help in the days of your troubles.
BECAUSE you sent messengers to consult Baalzebub, the god of Ekron… You will not get well; you will die (Good News).
When some king crashes to death from his high places, let ignorant newspapers say what they may. The prophet knows why.
From The Preacher’s diary.
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