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Here Comes Elijah

2 Chronicles 21:11-15 :

Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and made the inhabitants of Jerusalem play the prostitute, and led Judah astray. A letter came to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, “Yahweh, the God of David your father, says, ‘Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah, but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and have made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the prostitute like Ahab’s house did, and also have slain your brothers of your father’s house, who were better than yourself, behold, Yahweh will strike your people with a great plague, including your children, your wives, and all your possessions; and you will have great sickness with a disease of your bowels, until your bowels fall out by reason of the sickness, day by day.’ ”

Elijah was a man who made kings fear, and this time, he wrote a message to the king of Judah. As we read here, he didn't try to soften his words, no matter who he was talking to and he was often used by God to bring the word of God's judgment to kings. I am sure that it was well known by this time that God had used him to stop the rain from falling in Israel and that he had killed the prophets of Baal after calling fire down from heaven. Elijah, on the other hand, was probably aware that he was paying a visit to the man who married Jezebel's daughter. Jezebel was the one that he had to run away from when she tried to kill him. Elijah's willingness to do this demonstrated that he was an obedient man.

God told Jehoram that he would now face punishment because he chose to follow the ways of the kings of Israel instead of his own fathers' ways. God makes it clear to Jehoram and to us, that he was also punishing him for the fact that he killed his own brothers. We also find out that Jehoram was worse than brothers. We don't usually get to know facts like that about people. We may think we think we know, but we don't. Only God knows who is better than who, and in this very special case, God stated it plainly for all to hear. When we say that people are better or worse than others, we are making judgments about people that we cannot know. We must wait until God makes His judgment, and God made it perfectly clear in this passage. Notice that Elijah didn't hold back from giving this bold message.

God condemned Jehoram to an intestinal sickness that would slowly kill him. It is a horrible thing to face God's judgment. It is so much better to make things right with God when you can. Thankfully, God has made a way for us to do that. The Bible clearly says that Elijah will return someday and again bring a message of judgment to a future king. Those will be the most horrible days the world has ever seen. We must do what we can now to avoid those days.

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