2 Kings 1* The revolt of Moab-Sickness of Ahaziah, king of Israel. (1-8)Fire called from heaven by Elijah-Death of Ahaziah. (9-18)1-8 When Ahaziah rebelled against the Lord, Moab revolted fromhim. Sin weakens and impoverishes us. Man's revolt from God isoften punished by the rebellion of those who owe subjection tohim. Ahaziah fell through a lattice, or railing. Wherever we go,there is but a step between us and death. A man's house is hiscastle, but not to secure him against God's judgments. The wholecreation, which groans under the burden of man's sin, will, atlength, sink and break under the weight like this lattice. He isnever safe that has God for his enemy. Those that will notinquire of the word of God for their comfort, shall hear it totheir terror, whether they will or no. 9-18 Elijah called for fire from heaven, to consume thehaughty, daring sinners; not to secure himself, but to prove hismission, and to reveal the wrath of God from heaven, against theungodliness and unrighteousness of men. Elijah did this by aDivine impulse, yet our Saviour would not allow the disciples todo the like, #Lu 9:54|. The dispensation of the Spirit and ofgrace by no means allowed it. Elijah was concerned for God'sglory, those for their own reputation. The Lord judges men'spractices by their principles, and his judgment is according totruth. The third captain humbled himself, and cast himself uponthe mercy of God and Elijah. There is nothing to be got bycontending with God; and those are wise for themselves, wholearn submission from the fatal end of obstinacy in others. Thecourage of faith has often struck terror into the heart of theproudest sinner. So thunderstruck is Ahaziah with the prophet'swords, that neither he, nor any about him, offer him violence.Who can harm those whom God shelters? Many who think to prosperin sin, are called hence like Ahaziah, when they do not expectit. All warns us to seek the Lord while he may be found.
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