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Israel seeks alliance

The Mesha Stele, which is popularly known as the Moabite Stone, contained an inscription by the Moabite. The said stone was found in 1868, and this provided evidence of the different events that happened with the Moabites. One of these events was when three kings gathered and decided to plan for a battle against Moab. The Alliance can be found on the Bible Timeline Chart around 704 BC. As a background to this event, it helps to understand certain accounts prior to the battle. During the reign of Jehoram, he was engaged in evil acts, which displeased God. He also decided to get rid of the holy pillar of Baal made by his father. Jehoram was from a family that had issues during their own time of reigning the kingdom. For instance, Ahab, his father, was among the least liked kings in Israel. The same held true for his mother, who was not popular among the people. Although Jehoram had better traits than his parents, he still practiced sinful ways that caused problems with his kingdom. In terms of spiritual concerns, this man was rather neutral and undecided. Although he put away the statue that his father constructed, he still hardly become a believer of God. His main intention for removing the Baal may be either due to his fear of suffering the same punishment that befell Ahab, or the possibility that he tried to impress the Judean king to start an alliance.Israel. The same held true for his mother, who was not popular among the people. Although Jehoram had better traits than his parents, he still practiced sinful ways that caused problems with his kingdom. In terms of spiritual concerns, this man was rather neutral and undecided. Although he put away the statue that his father constructed, he still hardly become a believer of God. His main intention for removing the Baal may be either due to his fear of suffering the same punishment that befell Ahab, or the possibility that he tried to impress the Judean king to start an alliance.

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‘He was tasked to pay Israel’s king as much as 100,000 lambs and 100,000 rams with the finest wool.’

The Rebellion of Moab The king of Moab, whose name was Moab, raised and cultivated sheep. He was tasked to pay Israel’s king as much as 100,000 lambs and 100,000 rams with the finest wool. However, during Ahab’s death, the Moabite king realized it was his time to flee from taxation, which was forced by the king of Israel. Hence, Jehoram went to Israel and Judah, so he could get more armies to stand by his side. He approached the king of Judah and asked if he would be willing to fight against Moabites together with his people. He sought for the advice and wisdom of the King of Judah because of the latter’s extensive experience in battles. Jehoram was advised to attack Moab coming from the south and into the dry desert of Edomites.

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‘The statue of Elijah at the Saint Elias Cathedral, Aleppo, Syria.’

Along with the King of Edom and Judah, they proceeded to their route for seven days. While there was no food and water, the travel became more difficult for them. They kept their goal in mind, which is to attack Moab with more armies coming from the south.

Jehoshaphat was a God-fearing man, and he suggested that they consult God for help. Afterwards, one of the king’s servants said that Elisha is a great prophet that may be of help to them. Jehoshaphat and Jehoram believed in God as a redeemer and someone who could help them with their plan of battling.

Upon meeting Elisha, the three kings listened intently to his words. The kings were ordered to consult their mother’s and father’s prophets for advice on the best thing to do. Elisha wanted for these people to continue Elijah‘s ministry, which the kings tried to follow with the hopes of succeeding in the war.

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