2 Kings 8 Horrible Alliance


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2 Kings 8:25 In the twelfth year of Joram son of Ahab king of Israel, Ahaziah son of Jehoram king of Judah began to reign. 26 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem one year. His mother’s name was Athaliah, a granddaughter of Omri king of Israel. 27 He followed the ways of the house of Ahab and did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done, for he was related by marriage to Ahab’s family.

28 Ahaziah went with Joram son of Ahab to war against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth Gilead. The Arameans wounded Joram; 29 so King Joram returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds the Arameans had inflicted on him at Ramoth[c] in his battle with Hazael king of Aram.

Then Ahaziah son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to Jezreel to see Joram son of Ahab, because he had been wounded.​

c. 2 Kings 8:29 Hebrew Ramah, a variant of Ramoth

Ahaziah is another one of those horrible moments in time for Judah. Ahaziah is attached to the house of Ahab. Ahab and Jezebel brought Baal to Israel, then through marriage, they brought it to Judah.

This is from Enduringword.com.

Now he went with Joram the son of Ahab to war against Hazael king of Syria: His close association with the wicked house of Ahab developed into a war alliance with Israel against Syria. His connection with his mother’s family (she was a daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, 2 Kings 8:18) was so strong and sympathetic that he paid a visit to the injured and sick king of Israel (Joram).​

This is from the easy English site.

King Ahab of Israel had two sons, Ahaziah and Joram (who was also called Jehoram). First one son ruled over Israel, and after him the other one ruled. King Jehoshaphat of Judah had a son called Jehoram and a grandson called Ahaziah. They also ruled in turn.

This book only mentions King Ahaziah of Judah briefly. He was a wicked king. He ruled in the same wicked manner as Ahab’s family did. One reason for that was because Ahaziah’s mother was Ahab’s daughter. Mothers have either a good effect or a bad effect on their children. Ahaziah’s mother had a bad effect on him. It is a great pity that Ahaziah imitated her evil behaviour. He could have behaved like his grandfather Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat was a good king who was loyal to God.

Ahaziah went with his uncle Joram to try to capture Ramoth Gilead. Ahab had died there during a previous battle against Syria. Joram did not die, but he suffered injuries in the battle. He returned to Jezreel and Ahaziah went to visit him. The result would be death for them both.​

Bad people...Israel and Judah split over sin. Israel built fake temples and put golden calves in them to worship. Judah maintained the Temple in Jerusalem where God was. Then the idol worshiping daughter of Jezebel and Ahab got her claws in Ahaziah, the king of Judah.... and life went downhill.