Three Captains of Fifty – All they had to do was ask.
In 2 Kings 1 we find Elijah’s encounter with King Ahaziah
and his three Captains of Fifty. Ahaziah was crippled by
recent injures and sent men to consult a pagan god. Elijah
intercepted his messengers and sent them back with a
question and a judgement: “Is it because there is no God in
Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god
of Ekron? Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘You will not
leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!”
So, Ahaziah sent for Elijah to be brought to him.
At the end of this story 103 people are dead. Verse 15
indicates the gravity of the situation – from beginning to end