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September 29, 2018

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

2 Kings 8 (ESV)

Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, “Arise, and depart with your household, and sojourn wherever you can, for the Lord has called for a famine, and it will come upon the land for seven years.” So the woman arose and did according to the word of the man of God. She went with her household and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years. And at the end of the seven years, when the woman returned from the land of the Philistines, she went to appeal to the king for her house and her land. Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me all the great things that Elisha has done.” And while he was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and her land. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, here is the woman, and here is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed an official for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, together with all the produce of the fields from the day that she left the land until now.”....Continue Reading

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  1. .” 5And while he was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and her land. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, here is the woman, and here is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” 6And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed an official for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, together with all the produce of the fields from the day that she left the land until now

  2. What a divine coincidence that Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, would be talking with the king about all the things Elisha did, when the Shunammite would be coming to address the king about her land. It was nice of Elisha to warn her to leave Israel and nice that she could both confirm Gehazi’s account of the raising of her son to the king and Gehazi could advocate for her to get her land back. It’s neat when God orchestrates things like this. I am intrigued as to why the king was curious about Elisha. Was it an indication of seeking God, or was it to discover a way to harm or kill the prophet.

    It is also intriguing to see this close relationship between Elisha and the king of Aram. Remember Elisha healed Namaan, the commander of the army of Aram, back in chapter 5 and Namaan became convinced that it was the God of Israel who was the true God. It is not far fetched to think the faith expressed here by the king of Aram is related to Namaan, or even to assume that Ben-Hadad was the king not specifically identified in chapter 5. But here he refers to God as Lord, provides gifts to Elisha, and Hazael refers to Ben-Hadad as Elisha’s son. All indications of some movement of God in the highest echelons of Aram’s courts. Aram will be used as a means of judgement of Israel and Elisha weeps over the tragedy of it. Would we be touched in such ways when people suffer judgment even if it is deserved. And kind of typical of the courts of that time, the kings is killed and his murderer is made king.

    Next we are introduced to 2 evil kings of Judah. And although the covenant with David is mentioned that gives Judah a special place in God’s heart, because of these kings’ association with the house of Ahab, they did evil in the sight of the Lord. It is good that their reigns were fairly short.

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