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2 Kings 4 – 6

2 Kings 4

These chapters are about the miracles of  Elisha done by the power of God.

The miracle of the oil 

This is a prophetic miracle that all God’s truly sincerely faithful obedient, will be filled to overflowing with the oil of God’s Spirit!

2 Kings 4:1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. 4:2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

4:3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. 4:4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.

The woman, a type of the faithful of God, obeyed God’s servant.

4:5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. 4:6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. 4:7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

A woman of position is kind to Elisha for love of God.

4:8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. 4:9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. 4:10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick [lampstand]: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.

Elisha partook of her kindness and one day offered something to her.

4:11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there. 4:12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him.

She asked for nothing and Elisha’s servant suggested a child.

4:13 And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. 4:14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.

The desire of her heart was offered to her when she had asked for nothing; so God will reward all his faithful with good things and many spiritual children from all nations, in the kingdom.

4:15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. 4:16 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. 4:17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.

Then some years later the child died.

4:18 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. 4:19 And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. 4:20 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.

Then this woman of so great faith sent for Elisha.

4:21 And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. 4:22 And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. 4:23 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.

4:24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. 4:25 So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: 4:26 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well:

The woman’s purpose was hidden from Elisha

4:27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.

Elisha’s servant was sent to run on before them.

4:28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me? 4:29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.

The woman of faith insisted that she would not leave Elisha until the child woke from death. 

4:30 And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.

The servant did as he was bidden but the child did not arise.

4:31 And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked. 4:32 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.

Elisha prayed to God for the child and then began to warm the child.

4:33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. 4:34 And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.

Elisha walked about a bit and returned to the child again.

4:35 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.

The woman was given her child back alive; just as the godly dead will be resurrected to eternal life

4:36 And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. 4:37 Then she went in, and fell at his feet [at Elisha’s feet in gratitude], and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.

In a famine some unidentified  poisonous plants were shredded into the soup.

4:38 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets. 4:39 And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not.

The food tasted foul and poisonous and could not be eaten.

4:40 So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof.

Elisha added flour [which was stone ground pure organic flour of that time] to the pot and it was healed.

This pure flour is a type of the unleavened Bread of Life, Jesus Christ and the Word of God; which we are to internalize, learning to live by every Word of God making God’s nature, our nature; and saving us from the eternal death which we all deserve.

4:41 But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot.

The miracle of feeding the people

4:42 And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn [grain of barley] in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat.

4:43 And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof. 4:44 So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD.

 

2 Kings 5

Naaman the Syrian is cleansed through obedience 

We can only be cleansed from our sins by turning from our pride and obeying the Word of God like Naaman humbled his pride and obeyed the word of the prophet from God. 

Naaman is an allegory about conversion; which is to humble our pride and submit to the whole Word of God.  Oh, that the brethren would turn from their pride and their own ways to keep the Word of the LORD.

2 Kings 5:1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.

Naaman learns of God and his prophet from a captive of Israel.

Remember that the disciples were persecuted and spread abroad in the first century, and that God used that dispersion to greatly further the preaching of God’s Word.  God can use captivity or persecutions to spread his Word and fulfill his will.  Very soon now the proud of the Ekklesia will be corrected in great tribulation and when they learn the lesson and sincerely repent many will become a shining witness for godliness, even in their captivity.

5:2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife. 5:3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy. 5:4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.

The king heard of God and the prophet, and urged Naaman to go to him with much wealth in presents.  Truly the king loved his servant Naaman.

5:5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.

The king of Syria and Naaman had much faith in God because of the word of one servant girl. Naaman was sent to the king of Israel with a letter requesting that Naaman be healed of his leprosy.  The king of Israel had no faith; like the king of Syria! 

5:6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.

The faithless idol worshiper king of Israel knew that his gods could not heal Naaman; not being subject to the God of Abraham; and he feared greatly

5:7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.

Elisha sent to the king of Israel and tells him to send the matter to him; so that all will know that there is a man of God in Israel.

5:8 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.

So, Naaman was sent to Elisha.

5:9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

Elisha would not even see Naaman and sent him instructions by a messenger to wash seven times in Jordan. 

This was a humbling message for Naaman the great man.  This is typical of the unseen God sending a message to today’s spiritual Ekklesia, who are great in our own minds; telling us to repent and to turn to live by every Word of God.

5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.

Naaman the great man had thought that the prophet would honor him by coming out to him and healing him immediately:  Therefore Naaman’s pride was injured and he was angry.  In the same way today, the pride of many leaders and brethren of the called out prevents them from humbling themselves before God at the warnings to live by every Word of God.

5:11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. 5:12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.

Then Naaman’s servants assuaged his anger and reasoned with him.

5:13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

Naaman humbled himself to obey the word of the LORD by his prophet Elisha. 

We also must humble ourselves and repent of our own ways of idolizing men and false traditions, to turn back and zealously live by every Word of God.

5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Naaman was healed and he understood that there is no God but God, the Eternal God of Abraham.  Oh that we would all learn this lesson and stop our idolizing of men and false teachings, turning to keep the whole Word of God in deeds as well as in words.

5:15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.

Elisha would take no reward from Naaman to emphasize that God had healed and not Elisha.

5:16 But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

Naaman then asks for earth from Israel to build an altar to the Eternal in Syria.

5:17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules’ burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.

Naaman also asks that even though he will worship the God of Israel, that as a part of his duties to attend the king he be forgiven if he goes into the house of the king’s god Rimmon.

5:18 In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing.

5:19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.

Then Elisha’s servant sought a reward from Naaman, not understanding that the healing was by God and not by Elisha.

5:20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. 5:21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well?

Gehazi begs a gift under cover of a falsehood.  Gehazi lies about the two visitors and about Elisha.

5:22 And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments. 5:23 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him.

Gehazi took the gifts at the border tower and went home to conceal then in his own house.

5:24 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed.

Gehazi now lies to Elisha.

5:25 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither.

Then Elisha curses his lying servant Gehazi with the leprosy of Naaman. 

Brethren here is the lesson of Gehazi:  We should not lust after physical things, but seek after spiritual things. We should do the whole will of God, whether in riches or poverty, good health or ill; forever!

5:26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants? 5:27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

 

2 Kings 6

The men of God wanted to build a bigger place and Elisha said build. 

2 Kings 6:1 And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us. 6:2 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye. 6:3 And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go. 6:4 So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.

A borrowed axe head was lost.

6:5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed. 6:6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim. 6:7 Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.

Then Syria sought to make war on Israel, and Elisha warned the king of Israel.

6:8 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp. 6:9 And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down.

Elisha warned the king of Israel from God about every action of the king of Syria, so that Israel was saved many times from the stratagems of Syria: God thus proving his sovereignty through the prophet.

6:10 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.

The king of Syria then looks for spies in his council.

6:11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?

It is revealed that God warns the king of Israel through his prophet Elisha.

6:12 And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.

The king of Syria proposes to take Elisha.

6:13 And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. 6:14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

Elisha full of faith confronts the army of Syria surrounding his house.

6:15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 6:16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

How often it is that we forget the power of our God to deliver his beloved faithful and are intimidated by men.  This ought not to be, for if we are diligently learning and keeping the whole Word of God to please him; nothing else matters for he will deliver us up even from the dead in that day. 

Romans 8:31    What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 

When God allows us to suffer it is for our own good, so that we may develop in godliness, to learn and grow spiritually.

2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

Elisha asks God to smite this band of Syrians with blindness.

6:18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

Elisha then led this band of blind men to the king of Israel at Samaria.

6:19 And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria.

Then God opened their eyes at the request of Elisha and these men knew that they had been captured by Israel.

6:20 And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said, LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may see. And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.

Elisha tells the king of Israel to feed and water the captives and then release them to their master. This is the incredible wisdom of God, for these men had felt the power of God and would then tell everyone in the camp of Syria about the servants of God; and of the glory and power of God in Israel.

6:21 And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My father, shall I smite them? shall I smite them? 6:22 And he answered, Thou shalt not smite them: wouldest thou smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow? set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their master. 6:23 And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.

Then the king of Syria came up and besieged the city of Samaria.

6:24 And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria.

The situation of famine in Samaria was similar to the starvation of Israel [the Anglo Saxon people and Judah] coming in the  tribulation. 

Kab (1/18 ephah)2.6 pints1.2 liters

6:25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab [a little more than a pint]  of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver.

The people were reduced to paying their life savings for a pint of bird droppings and in some cases even eating their own children.

6:26 And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king.

The king then replied that only God could help because he had nothing.

6:27 And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?

Then he asks her for her petition.

6:28 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow. 6:29 So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son. 6:30 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth within upon his flesh.

The king then blames Elisha for the siege and famine.

6:31 Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.

God revealed to Elisha that the king’s messenger was coming, and Elisha told those with him of the intent of the king of Israel.

6:32 But Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him; and the king sent a man from before him: but ere the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, See ye how this son of a murderer hath sent to take away mine head? look, when the messenger cometh, shut the door, and hold him fast at the door: is not the sound of his master’s feet behind him?

6:33 And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down unto him: and he said [the messenger of the king said] , Behold, this evil [siege and famine] is of the LORD [of Elisha]; what should I wait for the LORD [delay killing Elisha of the LORD] any longer?

Then Elisha delivers a prophecy from the LORD for the king.

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