2 Kings 6:8-23, (15-17)
Verses 8-23 tell the story of how Elisha captures an army. But what I want us to look at are verses 15-17. Elisha's servant had woken up early and saw the Syrian army encompassed about them. We can sense the fear in his voice as he goes to tell Elisha what he has seen. The devil does the same thing to us. Something in our lives may occur and we become afraid, we become unsure. This is just natural; for man is weak by nature.
But why is this? Especially for a Christian. The Bible tells us that God is always with us.
So why was the servant afraid? Could he not see what God was doing or was preparing to do? Could he not see the angels camped about them?
Why is it that we cannot seem to open our eyes of faith? Faith can reveal that God is doing more than people realize. Faith is trusting in God. Living by faith shows our obedience to God.
Church Hymnal, page 162, Living by Faith,
I care not today what the morrow may bring,
If shadow or sunshine or rain.
The Lord I know ruleth o'er everything,
And all of my worry is vain.
Living by faith, in Jesus above,
Trusting, confiding in His great love.
From all harm safe in His sheltering arm,
I'm living by faith and feel no alarm.
Spiritual resources are there, we just have to look for them. Is blindness temporary or permanent? ls it partial or full blindness? Is it one eye or both eyes? Do we need to go to the eye doctor? Do we need eye drops/ointment? Do we need corrective eyewear or surgery?
Faith uncovers that God is accomplishing more for His children than we can ever acknowledge through actual sight alone. At the point when we face troubles that appear to be impossible, we really should remember that spiritual assets are there regardless of whether we can or cannot see them. We ought to glance through the eyes of faith and allowed God to show us His provisions and what He has available for us. In the event that we do not see God working in our lives, the issue might be our spiritual vision, not God's power.
2 Kings 6:1-7
Elisha has succeeded Elijah as a prophet to the Northern Kingdom (2 Kings 2: I - I 8). He has by now already prophesied and God has performed a few miracles through him. But now we will see something peculiar, he makes an axe head float. This incident shows how God cares for His children and how He can provide for them in the little things of life. We also learn of Elisha's interaction with everyday people. We cannot forget where we came from and do not become so engaged with the act of service that we forget the reason and to whom we serve.
In verses 1-3:
Here we see a few students (sons of prophets). The students wanted to go build a new place to study in because where they were at was beginning to get too small. This may be due to an increase in the number of students. They even decided to build the new school themselves. Not only that, but they also wanted Elisha to go with them.
So, what does these few verses tell us? Well, I do not know for certain, but I would think that Elisha was a teacher here (2 Kings 4:38) and it seems that he was somewhat popular because the students wanted him to go with them as they built a new school. These men were willing to work and not just sit idly by and wait for a new school to be built. There is work that needs to be done in the service for the Lord. Not all of us will do the same type of work, but we all have our part in God's service.
His popularity may have come from the miracles that had been performed and the people could tell that he was a man of God. He not only showed this in his speech but in his daily walk. It would behoove many professing Christians today to not only talk the talk but to walk the walk more so.
In verses 4-7:
There are quite a few questions that will be asked during this next section. We see that as they came to Jordan, they began to labor. But suddenly, one man's axe head came off the handle and fell into the water. He started stressing - what am I to do? Was it because it was not his tool? Why did he borrow it anyway? Did he not have his own tools? Being as he was a student; I would suspect that the man could not afford to have much. Or maybe, someone saw something in the man and trusted him with the tool.
Why did axe head fall off? Were the tools not properly prepared or was it just a coincidence? Where did it fall? What happened after it fell off, the work stopped. The man then calls for Elisha. The man knew to who to call for. Does the scripture say anything about Elisha rebuking the student for being careless or for not having his own tool? No, he simply went to help. What a miracle to happen. God looks at the small things just as much as the big things.
You see, the axe head laid on the bottom of the river. It was raised up, restored, replaced, and then put back to work again. If we look at this another way, Elisha reaches down, places a stick in the water, which compels the axe head to come forth, it was fixed and was ready to be used. That is what Christ has done for us. We were down in the mire, dirty, filthy, and uncleaned. Christ gave Himself for us so that we could be made clean.
What do we do when something like this happens to us? Has God trusted us with heavenly tools to use for His service? Have we taken care of them? Christians, what have we done with the tools God has graced us with? We need to recognize that we have lost it, pray, and go back to where we lost it. Seek guidance from a spiritual mentor, ask for someone to help us pray.
Get your assignment in alignment with God's direction.
Get yourself in alignment for your assignment.
2 Kings 5:1-15
The story of Naaman, a war hero, captain of the Syrian army who acquired leprosy.
In verses 1-7:
Leprosy was one of the most dreaded illnesses of the time. Some forms of leprosy were incredibly infectious and hopeless. The worst cases of leprosy lead to death. Numerous lepers were constrained out of the urban communities into isolated camps. Since Naaman still held his post, he most likely had a gentle type of the sickness.
The young lady's confidence and Naaman's journey appear differently in relation to the obstinacy of Israel’s king. A leader in Syria looked for the God of Israel; Israel's own king would not. The young lady's brief word of faith in God given to her boss was in tum sent to a Syrian captain. God had put her there for a reason and she was unwavering. Where has God put us? Regardless of how modest or little our position, God can utilize us to spread His Word. We should search for chances to mention to others what God can do. Who knows who will hear our message?
The king of Syria sent Naaman to the ruler of Israel, figuring that the king would command Elisha to heal Naaman. He thought he could buy God's healing power. The king of Israel was disturbed because he realized he had no influence over the circumstance, and he believed that the king of Syria was attempting to discover a reason to battle. He was totally oblivious of God's capacity working through Elisha. He did not comprehend that the power of God could change Israel's adversaries. (Luke 4:27, 2 Kings 6:23, 1 Samuel 9:8, 1 Kings 13:7, 2 Kings 8:8-9)
In verses 8-15:
Naaman, an extraordinary war hero, was accustomed to getting admiration, and he was offended when Elisha treated him like a standard individual. He anticipated VIP treatment. To wash in an incredible stream would be a certain something, yet the Jordan was little and grimy. To wash in the Jordan, Naaman thought, was underneath a man of his position. Be that as it may, Naaman needed to lower himself and comply with Elisha's orders to be healed.
Humility leads to obedience to God. We should accept that His way is better than our own. We may not generally comprehend God's methods for working, yet by submissively complying, we will get His blessings. We should recollect that God's ways are ideal. God wants our submission more than everything else. God can utilize anything to achieve His plans.
Naaman left in anger since the remedy for his infection appeared to be so straightforward.
He was a hero, and he anticipated a grand cure. Loaded with proudness and self-will, he was unable to acknowledge the straightforward healing of faith. Occasionally, people respond to God's idea of pardoning similarly. Just to have faith in Jesus Christ some way or another does not appear to be sufficiently noteworthy to bring eternal life.
To comply with God's orders does not appear to be courageous. What Naaman needed to do to have his sickness washed away is like what we should do to have our sins washed away. Try not to let our response to the method for faith keep us from the healing we need the most.
(John 9:7, Luke 4:27, Luke 5:13, Joshua 9:9, 1 Kings 18:36, Isaiah 43:10)
2 Kings 4:8-37
This is the story of how Elisha restores a child to life. What does it have to do with evangelism? Simple, someone needed to hear the Word from God, and so God sent someone out.
In verses 8-11:
A Shunammite woman realizes a man of God which passes by continually. He was an evangelist, out spreading the Word of God. The woman sensed a need for the traveling prophet, so out of kindness she had prepared a room for him to use while he was there for his journey. I would think it was similar to a Bed & Breakfast or like the new AirBnB's.
Many years ago, when true evangelism was going through our nation, there were many believers that had a spare room in their home, which they called the 'prophet's chamber'. I remember those days when a visiting preacher would stay in church members home during a revival week. That way the visiting preacher didn't have to pay for a hotel room nor meals.
How often do we offer assistance to those that pass by in our lives that may need some type of assistance? What has happened to the old-time revivals with visiting ministers? Where are they now?
In verses 12-19:
Sometime later, Elisha tells his servant to bring the Shunanunite woman to him. It appears that the prophet wanted to repay her and her husband for their kindness. She was asked was there anything that she was in need of. Elisha's servant told him that she was without child. Elisha tells her that she would have a son. This is very similar to the case of Sara and Abraham in Genesis.
Time passes and she gave birth. Time passes again, and the child goes out to help his father but unfortunately, he was ill and died. Why? We don't know. What we do know is that an answered prayer has a tragic outcome.
In verses 20-25:
The woman had faith. She did not blame nor curse God. She lays her deceased child on the bed of the man of God. We're unsure why this is but we could presume that she began to have belief in the God that Elisha served. The passage doesn't say anything about her praying to God, just that she tells her husband that she is going to search for the man of God that had been there at their home. She had confidence that he could be restored.
The woman broke tradition. It was not the new moon of the sabbath. She got out of the normal rituals. How often do we get ourselves stuck in the same routine? 'We've always done it this way'. Times may come when we need to change from our old habits or rituals. God doesn't change but we may need to so that we can reach others.
In verses 26-30:
The man of God had compassion for others. He sent his servant to inquire about her and her family. He didn't know about her current situation; he just remembered her and her family.
Do we have true compassion for others in the world?
When she got to the man of God, Elisha, she fell at his feet. Elisha's servant was about to move her, but Elisha stopped him. Elisha was unsure of her reason to be there. He states that 'the Lord had hidden it from him'. She seems angry and asks him why did he deceive her? Elisha tells his servant to go to the child and place his staff on the child's head. (Exodus 7:19; Exodus 14:16)
The woman said she would not leave Elisha. So, the man of God went to where the issue was. There are times we need to get out and go. It's more important to go to the problem. Don't sit back and wait for others or for the problem to come to us.
In verses 31-37:
Elisha's servant got there first and did as instructed. However, the child did not wake up. The condition was recognized, and the man of God was not defeated by failure. Not his failure but the failure of the world. Elisha knew the objective, went into the inner chamber, and prayed to be endued with power. Elisha cried to God in faith and belief. Maybe Elisha saw the similarities between this situation and the one Elijah was in.
Prayers do get answered. Maybe not in the way we want, but in accordance with God's will.
The action that followed the prayer was that the child came to life. Elisha, in faith, had called unto God and the child was restored. We can only imagine the woman's response.
There is a need for us to be alive as well. Don't be a dead servant. Do not settle for nothing except life. There is life in Christ. We need to show true concern for others as we share the Gospel. Those who take the life of Christ to a dead world must do so with deep conviction and in fervent prayer. Those dead in sin come to life when they come in contact with Christ.