In II Kings Chapter 1 there is a story of a wicked king that sent soldiers to capture a prophet of God. The wicked king was Ahaziah of Samaria. King Ahaziah sent a Captain of 50 soldiers to bring the prophet of God to him. The prophet of God was Elijah the Tishbite.
Elijah was sitting on top of a hill when the Captain, with his 50 soldiers, called out to him. The Captain said in verse 9 "...Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down." Elijah answered in verse 10 "If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume thee and thy fifty." The passage continues "And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty." The fire from heaven completely destroyed the Captain and his fifty soldiers.
A second group of 50 soldiers, with their Captain, was sent to retrieve Elijah the Tishbite.
The second Captain of 50 called out to Elijah and said "O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly."
Elijah proceeded to call down fire from heaven, he said "If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty."
The second group of soldiers with their Captain suffered the same fate as the first group.
In verse 13 of this chapter of the Bible, we find a very interesting thing occurred when the King sent a third group of 50 soldiers with their Captain to capture Elijah. The Bible declares in this verse that the third Captain "went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight." In verse 14, the third Captain testified that he knew the manner by which the first two groups were destroyed. He believed the same fate would befall him and his soldiers. He cried out, "...therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight."
The angel of the Lord instructed Elijah to go down with the Captain and be not afraid. Elijah went down from the hill and went unto the King. God had mercy on the 50 soldiers and the Captain, which were the third group sent to retrieve the prophet of God.
(to be continued)