|2 Kings 4 |
1 Now the wife of a man from the company of prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he feared the LORD. But now his creditor has come to take my two sons to be his slaves."
2 And Elisha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?" And she said, "Your handmaid has nothing in the house except a pot of oil."
3 Then he said, "Go, borrow empty vessels from of all your neighbors; do not borrow just a few.
4 And when you come in, shut the door upon yourself and your sons. Then pour out the oil into all those vessels, setting aside those which are full."
5 So she left him and shut the door upon herself and her sons, who brought the vessels to her as she poured out the oil.
6 And when all the vessels were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel." And he said to her, "There is not another vessel." And the oil stopped flowing.
7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your children live off the rest."
8 Now it happened one day, that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a prominent woman who persuaded him to eat a meal. And as often as he passed by, he turned in there to eat.
9 And she said to her husband, "Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God who passes by us continually.
10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray you, on the housetop and put a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp there for him. Then whenever he comes, he can turn in there.
11 Then one day he came there and turned into the chamber and lay there.
12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, "Call this Shunammite woman." And when he had called her, she stood before him.
13 And he said to Gehazi, "Say now to her, 'Behold, you have been concerned for us with all this care; what can be done for you? Would you like me to speak to the king or to the captain of the army on your behalf?'" And she answered, "I dwell [content] among my own people."
14 So he said to Gehazi, "What then is to be done for her?" And he answered, "Truly she has no child and her husband is old."
15 And he said, "Call her." And when he had called her, she stood in the door.
16 And Elisha said, "About this time next year, you shall embrace a son." And she said, "No, my lord, man of God, do not lie to your handmaid!"
17 But the woman conceived and bore a son at about that same time the next year, just as Elisha had said to her.
18 Now when the child had grown, he went out with his father to the reapers.
19 And he said to his father, "My head, my head!" And his father said to a servant, "Carry him to his mother."
20 Now when he was brought to his mother, he sat on her knees until noon, and then he died.
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.
22 Then she called to her husband and said, "Send me one of the servants and one of the donkeys, that I may go quickly to the man of God and return."
23 And he said, "Why are you going to him today? It is neither the new moon nor the sabbath." And she said, "It will be well."
24 Then she saddled a donkey and said to her servant, "Ride and go forward; do not slacken your pace for me unless I tell you."
25 So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel. And when the man of God saw her afar off, he said to Gehazi his servant, "Behold, there is that Shunammite woman.
26 Run now to meet her and say, 'Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?'" And she answered him, "It is well."
27 Now when she came to the man of God at the mountain, she caught him by the feet. And Gehazi came to push her away, but the man of God said, "Let her alone, for her soul is distressed within her, and the LORD has hid it from me and has not told me."
28 Then she said, "Did I desire a son of my lord? Did I not say, 'Do not deceive me?'"
29 Then Elisha said to Gehazi, "Gird up your loins and take my staff in your hand and go and lay my staff upon the face of the child. If you meet any man, do not greet him. And if he greets you, do not answer him."
30 But the mother of the child said, "As the LORD lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you." So he arose and followed her.
31 Now Gehazi went on before them and laid the staff upon the face of the child, but he neither spoke nor heard. Therefore he went back to meet Elisha and told him, "The child has not awaked."
32 And when Elisha came into the house, behold, the child was dead and laid upon his bed.
33 So he went in, shut the door on the two of them, and prayed to the LORD.
34 And he got on the bed and lay upon the child, put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands. And as he stretched himself upon the child, the flesh of the child became warm.
35 Then he turned and walked back and forth in the house, and then went up and stretched himself upon him again. And the child sneezed seven times, and then opened his eyes.
36 Then Elisha called Gehazi and said, "Call the Shunammite woman." So he called her. And when she came, he said, "Take up your son."
37 So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground. Then she took up her son and went out.
38 Now Elisha returned to Gilgal, and there was a famine in the land. And the company of the prophets were sitting before him, and he said to his servant, "Set on the large pot and boil stew for the company of prophets."
39 And one of them went out into the field to gather herbs and found a wild vine. And he gathered its gourds and filled his lap full, and returned and cut them up into the pot of stew, though they did not know what they were.
40 So the stew was poured out for the men to eat. But as they were eating the stew, they cried out and said, "O man of God, there is death in the pot." And they could not eat it.
41 But he said, "Bring meal." And he cast it into the pot and said, "Pour it out for the people to eat." And then there was no harm in the pot.
42 Now a man came from Baalshalisha and brought the man of God bread from the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of grain in the husk. And Elisha said, "Give it to the people to eat."
43 But his servant said, "What! Should I set this before a hundred men?" Bur Elisha said again, "Give it to the people to eat. For thus says the LORD, 'They shall eat and have some left over.'"
44 So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the LORD.1
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1 In this chapter, Elisha has raised someone from the dead and twice miraculously provided food for many from a small amount. One would think that when Jesus came, raising people from the dead and feeding 5000 from a few fish and loaves, the Jews would have recognized the same spirit that they attributed to Elisha — but no, the Jews accused Jesus of miracles by Beezelbub, who was the god worshiped as Baal, who is Satan. Why? Because Jesus attacked the hypocrisy of the Jewish religion that had deterioated to lip service, while their hearts remained full of evil. Rather than admit that their hearts were still full of evil, they chose to kill the Light of the World, the King of Glory. The same thing happened with the rise of the 17th Century Quakers: when the Quakers told Christendom that their religion was lip service with their hearts still full of evil, the good Christian — Episcopalians, Baptists, Presbyterians, and Congregationalist Puritans imprisoned, killed, and sent them [the Quakers] to slavery. Just as Jesus said would happen to all his true followers: Whoever kills you will think and claim that he has offered service to God. John 16:2. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Mat 10:25.
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