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September 13, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Kings 4 (ESV)

Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few.Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing.She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”....Continue Reading

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  1. . 35Then he got up again and walked once back and forth in the house, and went up and stretched himself upon him. The child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 36Then he summoned Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite.” So he called her. And when she came to him, he said, “Pick up your son.” 37She came and fell at his feet, bowing to the ground. Then she picked up her son and went out.

  2. Illustrates 3 miracles
    One exercising faith in the midst of sadness and oil sustains life for the widow and family
    Another during tragedy loss of a child there is a persistent refusal to accept death and life is restored
    3rd miracle reflects something practical and feeds an army

  3. Isn’t it interesting in the first account that the oil ran out when the last pot was full. It’s just like God and how He honors faith. If you bring more pots (more faith) then there would be more oil to fill them. We need to be empty in order to be filled. In the second account, the Lord certainly gives and takes away and then gives back. And all of it helps faith, either by encouraging faith by providing something or challenging faith by taking something away. But all of these things and the two accounts at the end of the chapter clearly show God’s hand on Elisha, that he was God’s man, he did take over for Elijah and he did have a double portion of Elijah’s spirt.

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