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King Mesha

The Ditches of Blood Water


Because of the sunlight, during this particular time of the day, the water looked bloody red to Mesha and his men. Therefore having them to think that they were actually looking at real blood.

( Bible Study Article Covers : 2 Kings 3:21-27 )










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Now from within the last couple of articles we'd learned that, after the death of Ahab's son and successor Ahaziah. We find that Ahaziah's younger brother Jehoram (who by the way, was the last heir from within Ahab's household) had just inherited the Israel throne. But unfortunately for Jehoram, this also meant that he had also inherited, the current revolt that was at the time, gaining momentum from throughout the land. For this a revolt that was being lead by Mesha the Moabite king. Now remember that king Mesha had started this rebellion against Israel, soon after king Ahab had met his demise, as he was at the time, waging war against the Syrian king Ben-Hadad.

Now it's believed that this rebellion had came about, because Mesha refused to continue to pay the tribute that was due to Israel.

Keep in mind, this was a tribute that had been put in place, since Ahab's forefathers.

Nonetheless, this revolt that was being lead by king Mesha, placed Jehoram into an embarrassing position that the new Israel king simply couldn't ignore.

And this is why we find Jehoram wasting no time, when it came to trying to crush Mesha and his rebels. 

So Jehoram set out from within the Israel kingdom, in order to raise the largest army that he could.

Also keep in mind, Jehoram wouldn't stop there, for we also find that in the meantime, he would send word to Jehoshaphat the Judean king.

And it would be during this time that we find Jehoram asked the Judean king, if he would join him in his quest, when it came to helping him to crush the Mesha rebellion. And just like he did with Ahab, Jehoshaphat would agree to help the Israel king. But on top of all of this, Jehoram would get an extra bonus as well, being that he would also gain the help from the Edomites as well. Now I want to remind you that all of this had came about, because the Edomites at that time, we're a vassal of the Judean kingdom; and so therefore, because of this alliance, the Edom king would automatically be drawn into this conflict regardless if he wanted to participate or not.






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Nonetheless, after Jehoram and his newly formed alliance with the Judeans and the Edomites had decided to venture forth, when it came to their war campaign against Mesha and his rebels; they started heading through the Desert of Edom. But it would be during this time all wouldn't go well; for you see, being that after they had traveled for only three days into the desert, the three kings unfortunately learned... they had ran out of water. And not only did running out of water hurt the people in their camps, but the unfortunate incident tremendously affected their livestock as well.

Now it would be at this time, during this dire situation, Jehoshaphat insisted on seeking out one of the Lord's prophets. So they ended up seeking out Elisha for help. And by doing so, God would end up using the prophet to foretell of them being victorious,  when it came to their war campaign against the Moabites.

And on top of this, the Lord also instructed Elisha to have the three kings to go out and make land ditches throughout the valley. What happens next, is something only the Lord could do:

"Make this valley full of ditches. For this is what the Lord says: 'You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water; and you, your cattle, and your other animals will drink. Know that this is an easy thing to do, from within the eyes of the Lord.' Know that He will also hand Moab over to you. For you will overthrow every fortified city, and every major town. You will cut down every good tree; stop up all the springs; and ruin every good field, with stones." -- 2 Kings 3:16-19






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Jehoram Starts Marching On Moab!





Nonetheless, as we move forward, we now find ourselves at the point, where word had just gotten back to Mesha. For this was a report that had informed the Moabite king that, Judah and Israel were declaring war upon us. And after reading this, they shouted: Look... over there! They're marching on Moab! And because of this, Mesha would call up every male, both young and old, therefore calling up all those who could actually bear arms. And after doing this, he ordered them to be stationed on the southern border.

However, another day would come and go, and once again it was morning. And it would be at this time, the Moabites would see sunlight shining on the surface of the water that had filled the ditches that the Lord had the three kings to dig the previous day. And because of the sunlight, during this particular time of the day, the water looked bloody red to Mesha and his men. Therefore having them to think that they were actually looking at real blood. And because of this, they'd cried out: "That's blood! Judah and Israel must have fought and slaughter themselves. Now here we go to the plunder... Moab!"






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Mesha's Surprise!




 

So the Moabites started their advancement, and soon, they would find themselves marching into Israel's camp. However, unfortunately upon their entry, they would soon find out, Judah and Israel did not slaughter each other after all. As a matter of fact, the opposing armies that consisted of Judah, Israel, along with the Edomites were to be found well rested, and very capable, when it came to during war at this time. Oh yes, the Moabites had found that they had made a very crucial mistake.

Needless-to-say... Jehoram, Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom, were able to easily fight off the Moabites; so much so, Mesha would soon find himself, and his men, in a full retreat. So Jehoram and his allies aggressively pursued the Moabites; destroying and slaughtering everything they had came across their path. Not only did the three kings destroy all the Moabites towns; but they also threw stones unto every good field, therefore making those fields unproductive, being that they would now be completely covered by stones. And not only this, Jehoram and his allies dammed up every water spring, as they cut down all the good trees from within the land.

Know that, all that they did on that day, ended up fulfilling the prophecy that Elisha had foretold just a few days earlier: "But know that this is a simple thing for the Lord, for He will also make you victorious over the army of Moab! For you will conquer the best of their cities, even the fortified ones. You will cut down all their trees, stop up all their springs, and ruin all their good land with stones." -- 2 Kings 3:18,19

 





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Mesha Turns to Chemosh : Please Help Us!





Now when Mesha had seen that at this point from within the battle, defeat was inevitable. The Moabite king begins rounding up 700 swordsmen. Mesha would use these men, so that he could try to escape. And he would attempt to do this by going through the land of Edom. But again, much to his surprise, the Edomites would hold strong by being able to fend off Mesha and his 700 swordsmen. So this courageous and successful stance by the Edomites ends up forcing the Moabite king to retreat once again.

Soon after this had happened, Mesha finally realized, he had been soundly defeated by the three kings. And because of this, we now find the Moabite king reaching out to their pagan deity Chemosh. Mesha wanted Chemosh to help aid him in battle. Mesha asks Chemosh this favor, by offering up his successor to the crown, which so happened to be his first born son. Mesha made this declaration as he stood on the top of the wall to his city. He did this, so all could see.

And lo and behold, after the Moabites had seen what Mesha had just done, they'd felt encouraged to fight on. So they became very angry and vengeful, when it came to Jehoram and his allies. And with this new found motivation and inspiration, the Moabites were able to hold what little ground that they'd had left. And by doing so, this caused Jehoram and his allies to give up fighting, as they returned back to their homelands... victorious!

Note: Now when it came to this false deity Chemosh; know that he was the main demigod that both the Moabites and the Ammonites had worshiped. In fact, the Moabites were actually known as: "The People of Chemosh." Also know that Chemosh is seen as being "the god of war." This is why, he is also seen by the Moabites and the Ammonites, as having the reputation of delighting in dire situations, like chaos, murder and destruction.







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Now that we find that Jehoram, Jehoshaphat and The Edom King have finally defeated king Mesha and his rebellion. Know that as we begin to move forward, the Sacred Record once again, turns our attention back towards the ministry of Elisha. Now who will Lord have Elisha help, this time around?



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