Going Against The Grain

“The officer of the third group went up the hill and knelt in front of Elijah.” -2 Kings 1:13

I’m very impressed by this officer. This man, who we don’t have a name for, is my kind of guy. He is someone I admire. It’s all about his actions. What made him great was his humbleness, sincerity, braveness, kindnesses, intelligence, leaderships, and his love for the men under him. In particular, he thought for himself. Don’t miss this in this story.

Briefly, King Ahaziah fell through a window. He sent messengers, "Go ask Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron, if I will recover from this injury.” Meanwhile, The Angel of the Lord went to Elijah with a message to the messengers of the King, and it wasn’t a good word. "Meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and ask them, 'Do you seek advice from Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron, because ⌊you think⌋ there is no God in Israel? This is what the Lord says: You will not get up from the bed you are lying on. Instead, you will die there.'" Imagine having to deliver that word.

King Ahaziah sent an army officer with 50 men to bring Elijah to him. When they found him on top of a hill the officer commended him to come down. Fire came down and killed them all. The King sent a second army officer and 50 men, they met with the same fate. The King sends a third army officer and another 50 men. This time there’s a different outcome.

Imagine being that army officer, and the 50 men, what were they thinking? I don’t know about you, but I would have been frightened. One Hundred men plus the two commanding officers just died, and they weren’t even in battle. Obviously, their chances of escaping death were next to impossible. However, there was a commander who cared about his life and the lives under his care. He thought for himself.