A dead end.
That’s probably the most concise way to describe the reign of King Ahaziah of Israel. He was born into a dysfunctional family… the son of King Ahab & Jezebel, and, like his father, is described as “evil in the eyes of the Lord” because he worshiped idols. When Ahab died, Ahaziah became king over a land neck-deep in idolatry, dishonesty, and blatant rebellion against God.
Ahaziah immediately began to add his own mistakes to those of his heritage. The only 2 events the Bible mentions during his brief 2-year reign are his failed ventures with King Jehoshaphat and his encounter with Elijah, who prophesied judgment on him for consulting Baal about an inquiry.
Many years before, King Solomon had launched trading ships from Ezion Geber on the Red Sea, at the extreme southern border to Israel, and they returned with gold, silver, and exotic goods from faraway lands (1Ki. 9:26-28; 10:11,12). It appears Jehoshaphat and Ahaziah intended to do the same thing from Ezion Geber, but their ships were wrecked in port before they ever set sail (1Ki. 22:48,49).
Sometime later, Ahaziah fell through the lattice of an upper room in his palace in Samaria… and seriously injured himself. He sent messengers to consult the god, Baal-Zebub, in the Philistine city of Ekron to see if he would recover. But, the prophet, Elijah, intercepted the messengers and told them Ahaziah would die without ever leaving his bed… in part because he consulted a false god rather than the One True God.
Elijah’s words were true… and Ahaziah died without leaving an heir – and his brother became king in his place (2Ki. 1).
Our past may serve as a handicap… putting us behind the eight-ball, but we are still responsible for our own decisions. And it will be our decisions that will either choose God or will condemn us.
Understanding family problems and dysfunctions only becomes useful if we use that knowledge to make better choices.
How often do you let your past influence your decisions… for better or for use?
* A bad past can be repeated or repented of for a better present.
You can read Ahaziah’s story in 1Kings 22:51—2Kings 1:18; 2Chronicles 20:35-37.