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Bible Commentaries
2 Kings 1

Everett's Study Notes on the Holy ScripturesEverett's Study Notes

Verses 1-18

The Reign of Ahaziah Over Israel (continued from 1 Kings 22:51-53 ) (853-852 B.C.) 1 Kings 22:51-53 records the story of Ahaziah reigning over Israel. This story is continued in 2 Kings 1:1-18. We have the story of Elijah’s ascent to heaven added at the end in 2 Kings 2:1-25.

2 Kings 1:9-17 Elijah Calls Down Fire 2 Kings 1:9-17 records the event of Elijah calling down fire upon the soldiers sent from the king to seize him. Elijah had seen the fire come down from heaven and consume the sacrifice on Mount Carmel. This event was fresh in his mind, his faith in God was strong, and He believed God could do it again.

The calling down of fire by Elijah's actions was a defensive measure. In contrast, Jesus' disciples wanted to call down fire from heaven in an offensive act (Luke 9:51-56), which is a different motive from what Elijah's had.

2 Kings 1:17 So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken. And Jehoram reigned in his stead in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; because he had no son.

2 Kings 1:17 Comments - Jehoram was the brother of Ahaziah and son of Ahab. Because Ahaziah did not have a son, his brother was appointed king over Israel in his stead.

Bibliographical Information
Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on 2 Kings 1". Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghe/2-kings-1.html. 2013.
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