“Then the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his place, for the raiders who came with the Arabians into the camp had killed all the older sons. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, reigned. Ahaziah was forty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah the granddaughter of Omri. He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother advised him to do wickedly. Therefore he did evil in the sight of the Lord , like the house of Ahab; for they were his counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction. He also followed their advice, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth Gilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram. Then he returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds which he had received at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Azariah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick. His going to Joram was God’s occasion for Ahaziah’s downfall; for when he arrived, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the Lord had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab. And it happened, when Jehu was executing judgment on the house of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah’s brothers who served Ahaziah, that he killed them. Then he searched for Ahaziah; and they caught him (he was hiding in Samaria), and brought him to Jehu. When they had killed him, they buried him, “because,” they said, “he is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with all his heart.” So the house of Ahaziah had no one to assume power over the kingdom.”
II Chronicles 22:1-9 NKJV
When a man’s counselor is not of the Lord, he won’t last long. Counselors are like interpreters, they’re more than just advisers.
A leader without a good counselor won’t last long.
Ahaziah had a wicked counselor and he also had a wicked association.
The most interesting thing is that he joined forces with other kings against kings and rulers God anointed. Hazael was one of the three rulers God had commanded Elijah to anoint. Although he didn’t before being caught up but Elisha unveiled his assignment to him. Jehu was also one of the three people Elijah was supposed to anoint. Ahaziah died without an heir and shortlived his glory.
When we have wicked counselors we will most likely err, but when we keep wicked associations we will most certainly err.
As God has warned us to be careful of our allegiances and leagues. Let us receive grace to mind the company we keep and avoid giving our ears to wicked counselors.
May God help us all in Jesus name. Amen!