Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
2 Kings 9:27 (NIV)
When Ahaziah king of Judah saw what had happened, he fled up the road to Beth Haggan. Jehu chased him, shouting, “Kill him too!” They wounded him in his chariot on the way up to Gur near Ibleam, but he escaped to Megiddo and died there.
2 Kings 9:27(MSG)
Ahaziah king of Judah saw what was going on and made his escape on the road toward Beth Haggan. Jehu chased him, yelling out, “Get him, too!” Jehu’s troops shot and wounded him in his chariot on the hill up to Gur, near Ibleam. He was able to make it as far as Megiddo; there he died.
“When Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden house. Jehu pursued him and said, “Shoot him too, [while he is] in the chariot.” So they shot him at the ascent to Gur, which is by Ibleam. And Ahaziah fled to Megiddo and died there.” -AMPLIFIED
Joram had died by the hand of Jehu and now Jehu’s focus turned to Ahaziah king of Judah. Because there are no coincidences with God we must believe that He orchestrated Ahaziah’s visit to Joram to happen at the precise time that it did. Both men were together and God was fulfilling His prophecy to destroy Ahab’s family. Since both kings were from Ahab’s family God was allowing His prophecy to come to pass.
When Ahaziah saw what had happened to Joram he turned and fled. He tried escaping by way of Beth Haggan, or the way of the garden house, but it did him no good. We find Jehu demanding that his troops not allow Ahaziah to escape. Someone pulled back their bow and shot Ahaziah while he was still in his chariot. We are told here that he made the trip as far as Megiddo and then he died.
In 2 Chronicles 22 we find a bit more information that fills in a few of the details:
“The fate of Ahaziah when he went to visit was God’s judgment on him. When Ahaziah arrived at Jezreel, he and Joram met with Jehu son of Nimshi, whom God had already authorized to destroy the dynasty of Ahab. Jehu, already at work, executing doom on the dynasty of Ahab, came upon the captains of Judah and Ahaziah’s nephews, part of the Ahaziah delegation, and killed them outright. Then he sent out a search party looking for Ahaziah himself. They found him hiding out in Samaria and hauled him back to Jehu. And Jehu killed him. They didn’t, though, just leave his body there. Out of respect for his grandfather Jehoshaphat, famous as a sincere seeker after God, they gave him a decent burial. But there was no one left in Ahaziah’s family capable of ruling the kingdom.” -2 Chronicles 22:7-9(MSG)
Ahaziah apparently learned nothing from his father’s, Jehoram’s, mistakes. He followed in his father’s footsteps in doing evil. Being the grandson of Ahab and Jezebel and having their ungodly influence in his life did not help him either. Ultimately though, it was his own choices that destroyed him. He reigned for just one year.
Something that we need to remember is this, nothing but disaster will happen when we set ourselves against God. Ahaziah is a good example of this truth. Sin is a choice and those who practice sin can expect to reap the consequences that go with it.
The Bible says:
* “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable, overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 6:23 (AMP)
* “Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.” –James 1:13-15 (MSG)
* “All who indulge in a sinful life are dangerously lawless, for sin is a major disruption of God’s order. Surely you know that Christ showed up in order to get rid of sin. There is no sin in him, and sin is not part of his program. No one who lives deeply in Christ makes a practice of sin. None of those who do practice sin have taken a good look at Christ. They’ve got him all backward.” -1 John 3:4-6 (MSG)
The sin that we commit is a decision of our own making. it is a choice. Something that we need to remember is that even though God forgives those confessed sins the consequences of those sins will still affect us; that is part of God’s judgement and justice.
Take the time to think and consider the affect that your choices will have on not only you, your family, your friends, but even the Kingdom of God. Be creful, my friend, lest you fall.
“These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.” -1 Corinthians 10:12 (MSG)
Lord, You are a Just God; this I know. I have seen evidence of this in your Word. I know that you will not and cannot tolerate sin. So Lord, help me to wisely consider the choices that I make. I want to make godly choices; not evil, lawless, ungodly choices. I want to be pleasing to you in all that I do. I read of the consequences of sin in your Word and I ask you to give me wisdom to do what is right; I do not want to be a sin-practicer. God, I surrender my will to you.