2 Kings Chapter 3

Joram started to reign over Israel in the 18th year of king Jehoshaphat of Judah, and he ruled for 12 years. He was a wicked king, but he was not as wicked as his predecessors. Joram removed the revered stone of Baal that his father had made. Nonetheless, he clung to the sins of king Jeroboam, which he caused Israel to do, and did not turn away from them.

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King Mesha Rebels

Mesha, the king of Moab, raised sheep, and he had to pay the king of Israel an annual tribute of 100,000 lambs. When Ahab died, King Mesha rebelled against Israel. Joram mobilized all Israel to fight Moab. Joram also sought an alliance with King Jehoshaphat of Judah, which was readily promised. Joram set out with Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom. After a march of seven days, the soldiers and animals ran out of water.

Asking Elisha’s Assistance

Joram was beginning to worry. He began to wonder if God had called the three kings out to the wilderness together just to deliver them into the hands of the Moabites. Jehoshaphat replied, “Is there no prophet of God here through whom we can inquire of God?” He was then informed that the prophet Elisha was at hand, so they went down to him to seek his assistance.

God Speaks through Elisha

The Lord’s hand came on the prophet Elisha. He said to the three kings that He will fill this land with water. He said they would not see any wind or rain, but the land would be filled with waters for the animals and soldiers to drink. God also told them that He would deliver the Moabites into their hands.

Further, God told the kings that they would overthrow each fortified city and each major town. They will cut down each good tree, stop up the springs, and destroy each good land.

God’s Words Come True

The next morning, the kings saw water. The land was flooded with fresh water. When the Moabites knew that the Israelites had come to attack them, everyone who could fight was deployed on the border. When they woke up in the morning, they thought the water was blood. “It’s blood!” they said. “They must have slaughtered each other.”

Moabites Fight the Israelites

When the Moabites approached the camp, the Israelites rose up and fought them. The Israelites invaded their land and slaughtered them. Their city was in ruin. When Mesha saw that the fight was going against him, he tried to get through to the king of Edom but failed. He then took his firstborn son and offered him as the sacrifice. The Israelites departed and returned back to their land.

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2 Kings 3 (King James Version)

1 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.

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.

4 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.

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

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

7 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.

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

9 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 the LORD, 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.

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One response to “2 Kings Chapter 3”

  1. Chibuzo says:

    Why did the three not defeat moabite as God promised them but they went back after the has offered his son for sacrifice.

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