But the angel of the Lord said unto Elijah ,.... One of the ministering spirits sent by the Lord to him:
arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria : that is, the king of Israel, whose capital city was Samaria:
is it not because there is not a God in Israel ; known, acknowledged, and worshipped there, of whom there had been sufficient proof of his deity and divine perfections, as omniscience, omnipotence, &c.;
that ye go to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron ? about future things, when they had God nigh unto them, fully acquainted with them, as this message shows.