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September 21, 2018

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

2 Kings 6 (ESV)

Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See, the place where we dwell under your charge is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan and each of us get there a log, and let us make a place for us to dwell there.” And he answered, “Go.”Then one of them said, “Be pleased to go with your servants.” And he answered, “I will go.” So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. But as one was felling a log, his axe head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Alas, my master! It was borrowed.” Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there and made the iron float. And he said, “Take it up.” So he reached out his hand and took it.......Continue Reading

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  1. 15When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

  2. Commenting on the same verse as Mel (15-17).

    This reminds me of Jesus calming the storm; the man of faith has total calm. The contrast between the immature and mature Christian will certainly be illustrated with this language. We should all work to purify ourselves, craving spiritual milk.

    “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” -I Peter 2:1-3

    As we mature, we learn from Christ the attitude towards the Father:
    7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” -Hebrews 5:7
    and later:
    “13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Heb: 5:13,14

    By establishing patterns of behavior that filter the world you see in terms of the scripture you know and nature of God with which you are familiar, we mature in faith and make room for the Holy Spirit to fill us up.

    “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matt 5:6

    “Therefore, thus says the Lord, “If you return, then I will restore you—
    Before Me you will stand; And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, But as for you, you must not turn to them.” -Jer 15:19

    The uphill road to maturing in Christ is a hunger for righteousness, but results in a personal spring of living water that sustains you in the midst of a treacherous, dying world with faith that stands confidently when the armies of the enemy surround us.

    “13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” -John 4:13,14

  3. Ah to see the power of God defy the laws of nature, just further reveals who made up those laws in the first place. I mean axe heads just don’t float ( btw golf clubs don’t either, from my own experience). Unless of course you are a prophet connected to the power of God. And there is a whole realm of reality just the other side of human perception that we could see if we were ever given the eyes to see. But I really like Aram’s confusion and frustration, why does this guy always know our plans…it’s like he is here in the room with us. Once again something that is easy for God and therefore easy for the man of God. But then why does the king of Aram conclude that I can take care of this guy and capture him. Might God have an answer for that as well? Of course He does, and that is the confidence we have as believers in Him. Nothing is too hard for Him. There are always more forces for us than against us and whenever God does not make that evident, it is not because He lacks the ability, He just has a different plan and a different purpose and lesson for us. But these accounts just show us what God can do and should bolster our faith to be still and know that He is God.

    And what a neat resolution to the battle. Should we kill these men stricken with blindness and led into our capital? No, show a compassion that is also a reflection of the character of God and let’s see how that changes the heart of this foreign king. Yes, God has many ways to influence the course of human events….

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