28 Sept. 2 Kings 3:1-27

28 Sept.  Elisha prophesies the defeat of Moab

“Joram son of Ahab became king over Israel at Samaria in Jehoshaphat’s eighteenth year as king of Judah. And Joram ruled twelve years. He did what the LORD said was wrong, but he was not like his father and mother; he removed the stone pillars his father had made for Baal. But he continued to sin like Jeroboam son of Nebat who had led Israel to sin. Joram did not stop doing these same sins.”

“Mesha king of Moab raised sheep. He paid the king of Israel 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 sheep. But when Ahab died, the king of Moab turned against the king of Israel. So King Joram went out from Samaria and gathered Israel’s army. He also sent messengers to Jehoshaphat king of Judah.”

“’The king of Moab has turned against me,’ he said. ‘Will you go with me to fight Moab?’ Jehoshaphat replied, ‘I will go with you. My soldiers and my horses are yours.’ Jehoshaphat asked, ‘Which way should we attack?’ Joram answered, ‘Through the Desert of Edom.’ So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom.”

“After they had marched seven days, there was no more water for the army or for their animals that were with them. The king of Israel said, ‘This is terrible! The LORD has called us three kings together to hand us over to the Moabites!’ But Jehoshaphat asked, ‘Is there a prophet of the LORD here? We can ask the LORD through him.’ An officer of the king of Israel answered, ‘Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He was Elijah’s servant.’ Jehoshaphat said, ‘He speaks the LORD’s truth.’ So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to see Elisha…”

“Elisha said to the king of Israel, ‘As surely as the LORD All-powerful lives, whom I serve, I tell you the truth… Now bring me someone who plays the harp.’ While the harp was being played, the LORD gave Elisha power.”

“Then Elisha said, ‘The LORD says to dig holes in the valley. The LORD says you won’t see wind or rain, but the valley will be filled with water. Then you, your cattle and your other animals can drink. This is easy for the LORD to do; he will also hand Moab over to you.’… The next morning, about the time the sacrifice was offered, water came from the direction of Edom and filled the valley… “

“When the Moabites came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites came out and fought them until they ran away. Then the Israelites went on into the land, killing the Moabites. They tore down the cities and threw rocks all over every good field. They stopped up all the springs and cut down all the good trees. Kir Hareseth was the only city with its stones still in place, but the men with slings surrounded it and conquered it too.”

“Then the king of Moab took his eldest son, who would have been king after him, and offered him as a burnt offering on the wall. So there was great anger against the Israelites, who left and went back to their own land.”

          (2 Kings 3:1-27)



When he died in 852BC, King Ahab was succeeded by his son Joram, who continued - like his father and King Jeroboam - to worship idols (see 1 Kings 12: 28-30).

On the death of Ahab, King Mesha of Moab refused to pay his annual tribute to the new king of Israel. So King Joram of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah marched out together into the Wilderness of Edom to fight King Mesha of Moab.

After seven days marching through the desert, the water supply ran out, and all the horses and livestock began to die. Confronted with a catastrophe, Jehoshaphat suggested they consult the prophet Elisha.

Elisha ordered them to dig ditches across a dry stream bed, which was filled by a flash flood the next morning. Elisha also prophesied the defeat of King Mesha of Moab.

When the Moabites attacked the Israelite camp, the Israelites fought bravely and chased the Moabites away. Then they ransacked Moab, demolishing cities and destroying fields, trees and springs.

The Israelite sling-throwers then attacked Moab's capital city, Kir Hareseth (meaning ‘the wall of broken pottery’). They were horrified when they saw King Mesha sacrificing his eldest son to the Moabite god Chemosh on the city walls in order to save the city.

The photo shows the ‘Mesha Stele’- a large piece of basalt on which King Mesha inscribed an account of his ‘victory’ over the Israelites. This can still be seen today in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

You can read more about Elisha @ https://thebiblejourney.org/biblejourney2/32-the-divided-kingdom-amp-journey-into-exile/elisha-performs-miracles-and-healings/

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