My wife and I took Dickens, our Yorkie, along for a ride in our paddle boat a few years ago. His year-old exuberance and had him looking excitedly at the water and shoreline as we paddled along. Since he had never known water deeper than belly deep on him, he thought he would take a stroll. He jumped off the edge of the boat and went under. Shortly after, his life jacket brought him to the surface. In full panic mode, he dog paddled madly in any direction. Dickens discovered that that didn’t work out very well. He has hated the idea of swimming ever since.
Sometimes, like Dickens, I make the wrong decisions. The problem with wrong decisions is the consequences of that action. Turning to the wrong god brings eternal consequences. In this Bible passage, Ahaziah fell and was seriously injured. He turned away from the true God to a false one to find out the outcome of his malady. God had Elijah tell him that because of this decision, he would die. Note the word “therefore” in verses 4, 6, 16. Because of spurning Jesus and looking elsewhere for hope and salvation, the searcher will die and not experience eternal life.
“And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease. But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed.” II Kings 1:2-4.
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