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A bad seed sown reaps a baleful harvest
Blessed Sabbath, Berean! There’s an old saying, “A bad seed sown reaps a baleful harvest.” And this was evident in the life of Ahab’s son, Ahaziah. After the death of King Ahab, Ahaziah became king of Israel. The Bible says Ahaziah, “did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way ofhis mother.” I Kings 22:52.
Ahaziah had witnessed God’s miraculous works during his father’s reign. He was acquainted with the Mt. Carmel experience, the work of the Prophet Elijah, and the prophecy that foretold his father’s death. Yet Ahaziah served Baal. Having fallen, “through a lattice in his upper chamber,” Ahaziah sent his servants to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, if he would recover. On the road to Ekron the servants were met by the Prophet Elijah, who gave them this startling message for their king: “Is it because there is no God in Israel that ye go to inquire of Baal-zebub?” The prophet continued, “Thus saith Jehovah, Thou shalt not come down from the bed . . . but shalt surely die.” With the prophecy of his own death looming over him, the impenitent king sent a captain of the army with 50 soldiers to bring the unapologetic prophet to him. When “ordered” by the captain to “come down quickly,” Elijah said, “If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty.” A ball of fire raced through the sky and consumed them. A second captain and fifty soldiers were sent; they met the same fate. A third band was dispatched, and the captain humbly fell on his knees before Elijah and begged for his life and the lives of his men. God instructed Elijah to go with them to Ahaziah. Elijah boldly reiterated God’s words to the unrepentant king. “So he died according to the word of the Lord.” See II Kings 1.
What an opportunity King Ahaziah had to be a blessing to his people—if—he’d only been taught to obey God! He didn’t receive that education that would’ve prepared him to be a great king. Berean, let’s not make the same mistake. Let’ continue to support Christian education by placing our generous love gifts in the baskets that are brought to us by the children at Offering time or in a tithe envelope (indicate the amount on the Education line).