Sept. 29, 2016
2 Kings 8
At that very moment, the mother of the boy walked in to make her appeal to the king about her house and land. 2 Kings 8:5b
LET IT GLOW
The places we go and the time of it is important. There are times we experience an "ahha moment" the Lord has ordained for us to share of His wondrous deeds with another. It is at that moment, we know we are doing the Lord's work and will. A woman in our study today experienced at that very moment, an ahha moment. She was in the right place, at the right time.
Apparently, the events in this chapter occurred earlier than chapter 5 when Naaman was healed of leprosy due to Elisha's servant Gehazi was with Elisha (not leprous himself), and before the 7 year famine in Israel. So it is out of chronological order.
With that said, let us look into the events here. When Elisha knew there was going to be a 7 year famine in Israel, he told the widow whose son Elisha had raise from the dead in chapter 4, to move to some other place. (verse 1)
So she took her family and settled in the land of the Philistines for 7 years.
The Lord brought a famine on Israel to punish them for their sin of idol worship. Yet, we see His mercy in sparing the Shunammite woman that had been kind to Elisha in chapter 4.
Now the famine has ended, and we pick up the following events:
- The Shunammite widow returned home and went to see her king about getting back her house and land she previously owned 7 year earlier. (Maybe it was occupied by strangers, relatives, or turned over to the crown. Evidently her husband was dead so she had to handle business.)
- As she entered, the king was talking with Gehazi, Eisha's servant.
- Gehazi was telling the king some great things Elisha had done (upon his request).
- When Gehazi was sharing about the time Elisha had brought a boy back to life, at that very moment, in walks the mother of the boy to make her appeal to the king-providence.
- Gehazi recognized the woman and her son, calling her son the very one Elisha brought back to life. (He said it to the king.)
- The king asked the woman if it was true. She told the king the whole story.
What resulted by this happening?
The king directed one of his officials to see that everything she had lost was restored to her, including the value of any crops that had been harvested during her absence.
Friends, we have a story to tell-how the Lord has brought us back to life, spiritually, through salvation.
Also, Jesus was brought back to life as He rose from the grave. His is a story to tell, also.
LET IT GO
Share with someone today the great things God has done in my life.
Tell the wonderful story of Jesus, my Risen Savior.