2 Kings 3 Get Me a Musician by Pastor Don
We have watched Israel, God’s people, mess it up by not fully obeying God. Partial commitment will eat you up and destroy you. You cannot vacillate between full and partial commitment, bad things happen.
Pastor Don reminded us that there was the Northern Kingdom – called Israel and the Southern Kingdom – called Judah. The Northern Kingdom had been living in sin, in idol worship, and Jehoram, who was the son of Ahab and Jezebel is going to set about doing some reforms, but we will see it is not complete. Partial worship and conviction is not what God wanted in His children.
This chapter occurs after Elijah has been taken up to heaven and Elisha has taken on the mantle of Elijah.
2 Kings 3:1 Now Jehoram the son of Ahab became king over Israel at Samaria in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve years.
Jehoram is the king of Israel – the Northern Kingdom – its capital was Samaria.
2 Kings 3:2-3 And he (Jehoram) did evil in the sight of the LORD, but not like his father and mother; for he put away the sacred pillar of Baal that his father had made. Nevertheless he persisted in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin; he did not depart from them.
Pastor Don talked about the Jezebel (Jehoram’s mother) spirit. He said that it attacks the head of the church and destroys the work of God. That behind every Jezebel is a weak Ahab, an Ahab that does not control the evil of the Jezebel. He also pointed out that a Jezebel spirit does not just have to be a woman, a man can also have a Jezebel spirit. Jezebel would not have been able to do what she did if Ahab had told her not to do it, but he permitted her to do what she did as long as he benefited from her actions.
The Jezebel spirit is a spirit of idol worship who seeks to destroy men and women of God, and whoever is in leadership by lying, deceit, or any means necessary to take down the house. It is a destructive spirit that comes against God’s work. And sometimes the spirit looks like it is coming from a VERY spiritual place, saying very spiritual things, but the end result, the fruit, is destruction. The fact that the Jezebel spirit can look so spiritual makes it hard to identify in the Body of Christ. Words give way to insidious undermining of leadership, critical comments, negative statements. They are usually quick to identify “hypocrites” but they themselves are hypocritical.
The Ahab spirit creates Jezebel and permits her actions. He does not step into the role of spiritual head of the family, and does not give correction or control the tongue of the Jezebel spirit. He permits Jezebel to reap havoc as long as he gets the rewards. Remember Jezebel lied to get a piece of property for Ahab.
The Jezebel/Ahab spirit takes more pride in destroying a church than in building a church. If there is a Jezebel spirit in the church, they have to be dealt with strongly because their Ahab will not do anything.
Ahab and Jezebel did great destruction in the nation of Israel. And, just like today, when there is a Ahab and Jezebel spirit, God will send a prophet to speak truth to the people. And if they do not listen to the prophet, then God will send correction. The prophet will speak the Word of God and bring the power of God to correct the problem. An example is Elijah and the 300 prophets of baal, who were destroyed.
Jehoram did evil in the sight of God but not as great an evil, but then there is that word NEVERTHELESS, he still persisted in the sins of Jeroboam. He did right some wrongs, but did not go all the way. (Heather’s note, 2 Kings 12 talks about Jeroboam building two golden calves and giving the people idols to worship and shrines in the high places, and ordained sacrifice to the idols.) We have to remember that God’s word will not return void.
2 Kings 3:4-5 Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheepbreeder, and he regularly paid the king of Israel one hundred thousand lambs and the wool of one hundred thousand rams. But it happened, when Ahab died, that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.
After Ahab’s death the covenants and contracts and agreements with the Moabites broke down. Ahab’s life put a curse on Jehoram’s, for what the father does is passed down to their children. Someone asked why, this was so, that the parent would see this happen to their child did not seem fair. Pastor Don pointed out that many are more hurt by what happens to their children and the mistakes that their children make, than if the same thing happened to them. (Heather’s note, like father/like son, kids watch what we do and say and then imitate it, the kids probably would have imitated their father, and continued on doing the same sort of evil in God’s eyes.)
But this kind of generational curse can be broken when someone steps up and does what is right in God’s eyes. If a parent doesn’t discipline their children (not brutal discipline, but correction), the kids will grow up to disrespect the parents, and their lack of discipline will impact their future lives and the lives of future generations.
If a father spent most of his parenting life as a drunk, and gets sober, he may still see that his kids follow in his footsteps of drinking. But God has given us a way of changing things. Galatians 3:13-14 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
When Jesus steps in our lives generational curses can be broken. Forgiveness can stop the curse. Parents are only free if they have fully repented. And even though Jesus freed me of my sins, some of us still have guilt and sadness for what went on before. In Revelation 22 we are told God will wipe the tears from or eyes. If we do not deal with these past issues on the earth, we will deal with them in Heaven.
There are things that we wish we never did, and we want God to completely wipe away these things, so that satan can no longer tempt us to do these things. We need to let God clean us completely, not hold onto any sins. God has given us his word to vicariously show us what happens when we do not let God completely cleanse us, when we hold onto old idols and strongholds. Far better to learn by watching what happens to those in the Bible, than by experience.
Jehoram did not go far enough in cleansing what Ahab and Jezebel did, he did not remove all the idols.
2 Kings 3:6 So King Jehoram went out of Samaria at that time and mustered all of Israel. Jehoram mustered Israel, but he did not do all necessary, for there were still idols in the land. His incomplete work still left a curse in the land.
2 Kings 3:7-11 Then he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?” And he said, “I will go up; I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.” Then he said, “Which way shall we go up?” And he answered, “By way of the Wilderness of Edom.” So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom, and they marched on that roundabout route seven days; and there was no water for the army, nor for the animals that followed them. And the king of Israel said, “Alas! For the LORD has called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab.” But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of the LORD by him?” So one of the servants of the king of Israel answered and said, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.”
Moab turned against Israel. Jehoram made a smart decision of going to Jehoshaphat to ask for help. Jehoram did not know the LORD, his parents disobeyed, rebelled, and fought against the LORD. He did not know how to enter into warfare (spiritual) with Moab, so he went to Jehoshaphat for help. He did try to ally with the Edomites, but that would also be an unholy alliance for they were idol worshippers. They were led into a dry place, no water.
Fortunately the godly king Jehoshaphat realized that they needed to ask God. Most of us act, get into trouble, and then blame God for the trouble we brought on ourselves by not asking God first. If we don’t do what God tells us to do, we cannot blame God for the result.We can get tied up with the wrong things, and we have to realize our bad choices are not God’s fault.
Jehoshaphat realized that with spiritual warfare, we need to ask for a prophet. If we cannot hear from God directly, find someone spiritual, with an anointing, to help guide you.
So many want to just study the milk of the word, but what we need is the meat of the word – Word that has teeth. We also need to grow enough to properly digest the meat of the word, to analyze ourselves in light of the Word, and with those around you chew on the word, digest it, and let it soak into your spirit.
Pastor Don then pointed out that we need to investigate business ties and associates, to make sure that they are acting in a godly fashion, to know that all are operating from the same principles. Jehoshaphat realized you don’t go to war without checking with God.
2 Kings 3:12-13 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. (Elisha) Then Elisha said to the king of Israel, “What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.” But the king of Israel said to him, “No, for the LORD has called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab.”
Rough words for Jehoram, Elisha knew what Jehoram’s parents (Ahab and Jezebel) did, and he wanted nothing to do with him, telling him to go to the idols his parents worshipped.
2 Kings 3:14 And Elisha said, “As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, surely were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not look at your , nor see you.
This shows how important right alliances are, if you are on shaky ground spiritually, make sure you are allied with someone who is doing right. Because of Jehoshaphat, Elisha will help Jehoram. It is important to take the time to position ones self before the time of testing, so that you can prosper and advance. Sometimes the pressure will be turned up on us to see if we are walking the Christian walk. Ignorance is not bliss in war.
I will continue this Bible Study by Pastor Don tomorrow,
Hoping you have a blessed day.
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