[Linux4christians] Saturday - 2 Kings 8
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Fri Feb 18 20:46:32 EST 2011
2 Kings 8
Elisha Again Helps the Shunammite Woman
8:1 Now Elisha advised the woman whose son he had brought back to life,
"You and your family should go and live somewhere else for a while, for
the Lord has decreed that a famine will overtake the land for seven
years." 8:2 So the woman did as the prophet said. She and her family
went and lived in the land of the Philistines for seven years. 8:3 After
seven years the woman returned from the land of the Philistines and went
to ask the king to give her back her house and field. 8:4 Now the king
was talking to Gehazi, the prophet's servant, and said, "Tell me all the
great things which Elisha has done." 8:5 While Gehazi was telling the
king how Elisha had brought the dead back to life, the woman whose son
he had brought back to life came to ask the king for her house and
field. Gehazi said, "My master, O king, this is the very woman and this
is her son whom Elisha brought back to life!" 8:6 The king asked the
woman about it, and she gave him the details. The king assigned a eunuch
to take care of her request and ordered him, "Give her back everything
she owns, as well as the amount of crops her field produced from the day
she left the land until now."
Elisha Meets with Hazael
8:7 Elisha traveled to Damascus while King Ben Hadad of Syria was sick.
The king was told, "The prophet has come here." 8:8 So the king told
Hazael, "Take a gift and go visit the prophet. Request from him an
oracle from the Lord. Ask him, 'Will I recover from this sickness?'" 8:9
So Hazael went to visit Elisha. He took along a gift, as well as forty
camel loads of all the fine things of Damascus. When he arrived, he
stood before him and said, "Your son, King Ben Hadad of Syria, has sent
me to you with this question, 'Will I recover from this sickness?'" 8:10
Elisha said to him, "Go and tell him, 'You will surely recover,' but the
Lord has revealed to me that he will surely die." 8:11 Elisha just
stared at him until Hazael became uncomfortable. Then the prophet
started crying. 8:12 Hazael asked, "Why are you crying, my master?" He
replied, "Because I know the trouble you will cause the Israelites. You
will set fire to their fortresses, kill their young men with the sword,
smash their children to bits, and rip open their pregnant women." 8:13
Hazael said, "How could your servant, who is as insignificant as a dog,
accomplish this great military victory?" Elisha answered, "The Lord has
revealed to me that you will be the king of Syria." 8:14 He left Elisha
and went to his master. Ben Hadad asked him, "What did Elisha tell you?"
Hazael replied, "He told me you would surely recover." 8:15 The next day
Hazael took a piece of cloth, dipped it in water, and spread it over Ben
Hadad's face until he died. Then Hazael replaced him as king.
Jehoram's Reign over Judah
8:16 In the fifth year of the reign of Israel's King Joram, son of Ahab,
Jehoshaphat's son Jehoram became king over Judah. 8:17 He was thirty-two
years old when he became king and he reigned for eight years in
Jerusalem. 8:18 He followed in the footsteps of the kings of Israel,
just as Ahab's dynasty had done, for he married Ahab's daughter. He did
evil in the sight of the Lord. 8:19 But the Lord was unwilling to
destroy Judah. He preserved Judah for the sake of his servant David to
whom he had promised a perpetual dynasty.
8:20 During his reign Edom freed themselves from Judah's control and set
up their own king. 8:21 Joram crossed over to Zair with all his
chariots. The Edomites, who had surrounded him, attacked at night and
defeated him and his chariot officers. The Israelite army retreated to
their homeland. 8:22 So Edom has remained free from Judah's control to
this very day. At that same time Libnah also rebelled.
8:23 The rest of the events of Joram's reign, including a record of his
accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the
Kings of Judah. 8:24 Joram passed away and was buried with his ancestors
in the city of David. His son Ahaziah replaced him as king.
Ahaziah Takes the Throne of Judah
8:25 In the twelfth year of the reign of Israel's King Joram, son of
Ahab, Jehoram's son Ahaziah became king over Judah. 8:26 Ahaziah was
twenty-two years old when he became king and he reigned for one year in
Jerusalem. His mother was Athaliah, the granddaughter of King Omri of
Israel. 8:27 He followed in the footsteps of Ahab's dynasty and did evil
in the sight of the Lord, like Ahab's dynasty, for he was related to
8:28 He joined Ahab's son Joram in a battle against King Hazael of Syria
at Ramoth Gilead in which the Syrians defeated Joram. 8:29 King Joram
returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds he received from the
Syrians in Ramah when he fought against King Hazael of Syria. King
Ahaziah son of Jehoram of Judah went down to visit Joram son of Ahab in
Jezreel, for he was ill.
Lord, Your knowledge is perfect, and though You know the evil men plan
in their hearts, Your perfecting timing sometimes means that You respond
or not as is right. May I never question Your perfect knowledge and
wisdom even when I do not like or understand what is happening.
Elisha warned the Shunammite woman to take her son to another region as
a famine was coming. She went to the land of the Philistines and when
she returned she petitioned the king for the return of her property.
Elisha's assistant, Gehazi, was just-then telling the king of Elisha's
expressions of God's power -- including the story of bringing the
Shunammite woman's son back to life -- so the king inquired then hearing
her story returned her property and all that her property had produced
while she was gone.
Elisha traveled to Damascus, in Syria, when the king was ill. The king
requested an oracle from a prophet and his assistant found Elisha.
Hazael learned that the king would survive the illness but would still die.
Elisha stared at Hazael then cried as the Lord God revealed to him the
horrors he would visit upon the Israeli people, Hazael didn't understand
until Elisha told him he would be come king.Hazael gave the king the
news of his recovery then smothered him to death in his sick bed and
took over as king of Syria.
Jehoshaphat's son Jehoram became king over Judah but he married Ahab's
daughter and did evil like Ahab and the other kings of Judah. The
Edomites rebelled and when Joram, king of Israel, went to challenge them
he was overwhelmingly defeated.
Jehoram's son Ahaziah became king of Judah but was a descendant of Ahab
and sinned against God. He joined Joram in attacking King Hazael of
Syria but things went badly and Joram was injured, so Jehoram went to
see him in Jezreel.
The Lord God continued to use Elisha to bless the faithfulness of the
Shunammite widow and her son.
Why would the kings have attacked Syria without first consulting Elisha?
That Elisha, through God, knew what Hazael would do he was not empowered
by God to stop him as the people of Israel and Judah were constantly
When have you experienced or observed the Lord God returning to bless
again someone whom He had previously blessed in a profound way.
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a place where you have set-off on a
course of action without pausing to consult and patiently wait on God's
Today I will stop what I am doing and consult the Lord God via prayer
and searching His Word.
I will also ask a fellow believer to pray in-agreement that I recognize
the leadership of the Lord for my life.
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Sunday's text will be: 2 Kings 9
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David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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