2 Kings Chapter 3

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2 Kings 3

King James Version (KJV)

3 Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve years.

And he wrought evil in the sight of the Lord; but not like his father, and like his mother: for he put away the image of Baal that his father had made.

Nevertheless he cleaved unto the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.

And Mesha king of Moab was a sheepmaster, and rendered unto the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred thousand rams, with the wool.

But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.

And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Israel.

And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses.

And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way through the wilderness of Edom.

So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days’ journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them.

10 And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the Lord hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab!

11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of theLord, that we may enquire of the Lord by him? And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.

12 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

13 And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for the Lord hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.

14 And Elisha said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.

15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.

16 And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches.

17 For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.

18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.

19 And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.

20 And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.

21 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armour, and upward, and stood in the border.

22 And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood:

23 And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and they have smitten one another: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.

24 And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country.

25 And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the wells of water, and felled all the good trees: only in Kirharaseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers went about it, and smote it.

26 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not.

27 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.

26 thoughts on “2 Kings Chapter 3

  1. V.17 The word of the Lord contained a promise and a directive.The Lord will graciously provide for His people , but they must respond to His word in faith and obedience(v.16)

  2. 3:17 The word of the Lord contained a promise and a directive.The Lord will graciously provide for His people ,but they must respond to His word in faith and obedience (v.16).

  3. 2 And he wrought evil in the sight of the Lord; but not like his father, and like his mother: for he put away the image of Baal that his father had made.

    3 Nevertheless he cleaved unto the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.

    Sin is still sin, no matter how much. Jehoram wasn’t as bad as his parents, yet he still made some poor choices and was known for his sin. It can be easy to get caught in comparisons and say “well as long as I’m not as bad as *them* then I should be fine.”

    Comparisons can become a shield against righteousness. Instead of covering our lives with Jesus and applying the blood to remit our sins, we cover our lives with another person and apply accusation concerning their “greater” sins to hide our own. Our lives become a big show of justification by accusation to shed another’s blood, instead of justification by reconciliation through Jesus’ Blood. It takes humility and honesty to come to the cross, yet the initial pain of Calvary fades in comparison to the righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost, to freedom from condemnation, to hope of life eternal, to the miracle of the love of God shed abroad in our hearts, to the beauty of the life (and life more abundantly) of sanctification. We must count the cost, both what it will cost to turn to Jesus (no matter how long we may have already been serving Him) and what it will cost if we don’t.

  4. In this chapter we see how quickly Joram was so quick to blame the Lord when they ran into trouble. Meanwhile, Jehoshaphat knew where to look for an answer by seeking the counsel of the prophet of God. Many people try to blame God for their problems, issues and poor choices; but, in reality he is the answer, the response and salvation.

    The end of the chapter showed the desperation of a man, one who did not know where to find that answer, response and salvation. King Mesha of Moab sacrificed his son as an offering on the city wall when he saw he was surely defeated. There are so many people who see themselves this way, defeated, and are seeking an answer. POFW can show them where to find that answer!

  5. ILove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    The power of a Saint

    13 And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for the Lord hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.

    14 And Elisha said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.

    Our influence not on affects our lives, but all those around us. The king of Israel was saved just because of the relationship Jehoshaphat had with God.

  6. NLT 13 “Why are you coming to me?” Elisha asked the king of Israel. “Go to the pagan prophets of your father and mother!”

    When trouble arrives, we seek for help. How quickly the 3 kings looked to God for answers. They looked for the prophet of God. They did not rely on their pagan gods or idols. The kings know who the true God is, but allow society to easily influence them with idols and other gods.

    Then the King of Moab, in desperation sacrificed his own son, probably in the name of a pagan god. During times of trouble, all we need is to pray unto the one true God, Jesus!

  7. v15 But now bring me a minstrel , And it came to pass,when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.
    v16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD,
    Make this valley full of ditches.

    GOD wants us to be part of what HE IS doing.
    GOD wants to use us When we hear the rushing mighty wind, Sing, Praise,Shout,Worship ” Receive Ye The Holy Ghost.
    When The Spirit comes it makes all the difference in the world.
    HE’ LL fight your battles
    iPray
    iGive
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  8. SEEKING COUNSEL

    11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of theLord, that we may enquire of the Lord by him? And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.

    It is obvious that Elijah was a renowned man of FAITH and MIRACLES; however Elijah is taken at this point. While Elijah was still on the minds of those in Israel the connection made to wisdom, counsel and the miraculous was Elisha the one who served Elijah.

    In our current EGO driven society we find an attitude of “individuality” every one desiring to make a name for themselves. Elisha realized the value of riding the shoulders and mantle of the previous generation.

    MSG
    11 But Jehoshaphat said, “Isn’t there a prophet of God anywhere around through whom we can consult God?”

    One of the servants of the king of Israel said, “Elisha son of Shaphat is around somewhere—the one who was Elijah’s right-hand man.”

    The results of Elisha were similar to those of Elijah:

    KJV
    16 And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches.
    17 For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.
    18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.
    19 And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.
    20 And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.

    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
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  9. We need to be very careful of the sins that directly or indirectly we teach our children to do. For they will become as second nature to them & they might not see the errors of their way.

    That goes also for idols for what ever we put before God becomes an idol and here the king of Moabites gives his elder son, his successor as a sacrifice. How many children could be lost because of our actions or lack of it? Get up, be church, go get them of the walls before they are burned by the evils of this world.

    27 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.

  10. V15 there had to be some worship so God can speak. It wasn’t in till after worship God spoke through Elisha.
    When I need God to speak worship and praise brings Him to you and says what you need child.

  11. Where’s the praise team?

    15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.

    I have heard and said that music is a vital role in a church service. This passage just goes to show that to be true. We must have a praise on our lips, and sing from the heart. It needs to be a heartfelt worship.

  12. The 3 Kiings wanted to know if the prophert Elisha could speak to God and find out where they could find water and if they would defeat the Moabs.
    Elisha asks go and ask the prophets that your father and mother worship, they said no we were led here. Elisha then receives word from the Lord and tells them they will find water for them and the animals to drink and they will defeat the Moabs.

    What an awesome God, because the Kings seeked him God delivered.
    Lord deliver me from every obsticle that gets in my way of pleasing you.

  13. 16. And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches.

    Before God would send the water, He first wanted empty ditches for the water to flow into. If we want God to pour out the Holy Ghost in our services, there should empty vessels there for Him to pour it into. Digging ditches is work; winning souls is work.

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  14. This chapter illustrates position. Elisha spoke to the king of Israel only because of the king of Judah . We must examine ourselves and make ourselves ready if need be for we surely do not want too be as the king of Israel and only hear what thus saith the Lord if our so called king of Judah is not in position with the man of God. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  15. 9-11
    How like us King Jehoshapat was. he thinks to seek Gods guidance only when his own plans have gone away. Always act up on the Lords plans instead of our own.

  16. 15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.

  17. 16 And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches.
    17 For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.

    With faith, all things are possible. When the Lord moves, dry lands become oasis’s, waters part, and battles are won. Lord let us continue to dwell and move in your holy presence…

  18. 14 And Elisha said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.

    15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.

    The prophet Elisha knew how important atmosphere was. Before he spoke he asked for a minstrel.

    God is so mighty, powerful, and holy that before we come before him we must prepare ourselves.

  19. 11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of theLord, that we may enquire of the Lord by him? And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.

    Finally something intelligent. They ask the man of God about it. Maybe they would have done better if they would have started there.

  20. The obedient is victorious in any situation. Letting God figure out the battle plan is always the wisest decision.

    For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. (Psalm 18:29 KJV)

    Only through Jesus are we victorious

  21. 15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.

    Music is influencing to our spiritual walk

  22. 18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.
    Mighty God…
    It is nothing for God to save by many or by few. God is saying here that it is a little thing for him to deliver a whole army into their hands. He is all powerful and mighty Im glad that I serve a powerful God.

  23. The complete destruction of the land of the Moabites is not indiscriminate, nor is it done without reason. Standard practices of warfare at the time called for soldiers to destroy their enemy’s agricultural potential as well. The extreme action taken here is due primarily to the idolatry and wickedness of the Moabites and the threat for idolatry that they represent to the people of Israel. The soldiers could have done nothing, however if the man of God, Elisha was not present to call on the Lord. Because of Gods actions the Moabites see pools of water in the desert which they take to be blood, giving them a false sense of confidence. the likely source of those pools of water, is the over neighboring Edom. The reflection of the rising sun on the water causes the illusion to appear like red blood.

  24. 14 And Elisha said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.

    15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.

    Yet another illustration where music brought the presence of the Lord into a situation and God was able to speak and give direction through Elisha. And just like he said it came to pass.

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