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Ahaziah (king of divided Israel)

Ahaziah, the son and successor of Ahab was the eighth king of divided Israel. His mother was the infamous Jezebel, who along with his wicked father, influenced a very wicked reign. He continued to worship Baal and fight against Elijah, but was no match. He was to all purposes a weak and ineffectual king. During his reign the Moabiles revolted from under his authority.

But after Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. So at that time King Joram set out from Samaria and mobilized all Israel. He also sent this message to Jehoshaphat king of Judah: "The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?"

"I will go with you," he replied. "I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses." (2 Kings 3:5-7)

The battle would have been disastrous had it not been for the intervention of Elijah. As it turned out, they barely escaped with their lives.

Ahazian then united with Jehoshaphat in an attempt to revive maritime trade by the Red Sea, but this proved a failure.

Soon thereafter Ahaziah fell through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. He sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if he would recover from this injury. They were met on the way by Elijah who sent them back with the message that the king would never rise from his bed again.

When he died, he left no son, so Joram succeeded him to the throne.

Quick Facts:
Ahaziah: (means "seizure; vision of the Lord") The eighth king of divided Israel.

Additional Reference: See also The Twelve Tribes of Israel, The Kings of Israel and The Kings of Judah