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II Kings – Chapter 4
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A prophet’s widow came to Elisha crying that she couldn’t pay her debts and that the creditor was going to take her children as servants to work it off. Elisha asked her what she had in the house; all she had was oil. “No problem,” he said. “Go to all your neighbors and borrow vessels […]
II Kings – Chapter 3
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Ahab’s son Yehoram became king of Israel after his brother Achaziah died and, like their parents, he was pretty rotten, just not as bad. He got rid of the altar to Baal that his father had made, although he left the asheira tree cult alone. Mesha, king of Moav, had paid Ahab a hefty annual […]
II Kings – Chapter 2
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G-d told Elijah that He was going to take him into Heaven so Elijah headed out for Beth-El with Elisha in tow. The other prophets they passed called out to Elisha, “Don’t you know that G-d is taking your master away today?” Elisha replied, “I know, so be quiet!” Elijah asked Elisha to remain in […]
II Kings – Chapter 1
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NOTE: It’s going to get a little bit confusing soon if you don’t pay attention, because some names are going to start repeating. Just as many British monarchs had the same name – and the US had two Presidents named John Adams and two named George Bush – there are some kings with duplicated names. […]
I Kings – Chapter 22
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Aram and Israel had peace for three years. King Yehoshafat (Jehoshaphat) of Judah was visiting Ahab when Ahab mentioned that Ben-Hadad had not returned the city of Ramot Gilad. (Remember his promise in chapter 20 to return all the captured cities?) He asked Yehoshafat if he would join him in battle against Aram. Yehoshafat said, […]
I Kings – Chapter 21
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Despite the victories that G-d permitted him, Ahab didn’t improve. His neighbor Naboth (Navos) had a vineyard next to the palace. Ahab wanted to purchase the vineyard and make a vegetable garden out of it. He offered Naboth a better vineyard or cash for it, but Naboth replied, “G-d forbid that I should sell my […]
I Kings – Chapter 20
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Ben-Hadad, King of Aram, attacked Samaria, Ahab’s capital. He sent messengers telling Ahab, “Your silver and gold are mine and your wives and children are mine.” Ahab took this to mean that Ben-Hadad was claiming him as a vassal and he cowardly replied, “Whatever you say: I and all that I own are yours.” Ben-Hadad […]