After Ahab died Moab’s king justified himself in rebelling against the burden placed on and against him by Ahab (some political disarray occurring in Israel). Israel’s king, Jehoram, aligns himself with two other kings (from Judah and Edom) and proceeds to bring Moab back in line. After seven days of searching the king of Israel begins to grown apprehensive (panic?) about the Lord having brought them out to this wandering in order for Moab to be the victor (3:1-12). The king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, makes an inquiry concerning whether or not God’s prophet is in their midst. Elisha is present and makes it plain that were it not for the king of Judah, he would not serve at the king’s pleasure (3:11-19). The Lord’s prophet gave encouraging words to the kings and shortly thereafter victory was theirs (3:20-27).
Application: The Moabite Stone has attested to the historicity of the king of Moab. I always write in the margin of my Bible things of this sort. Do I need, however, an archaeological find to attest to the veracity of Scripture? I do not, but surely it is an encouraging point of interest when it is unearthed. On the same note, when the king of Israel had been given testimony from the Lord with regard to what was going to happen, and did happen, did he take that information and “write it down in the margin on his brain”? Perhaps we might ask the same question of us.
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