Oct. 18, 2016
2 Kings 13-Part 2
LET IT GLOW
For a little overview, King Jehoahaz's son, Jehoash who is called Joash, becomes king in Israel and rigned 17 years. (Joash is not to be confused with the Joash who was Judah's king at the same time.) Joash did what was evil in the Lord's sight, like his father and grandfather, yet he did visit Prophet Elisha.
Jumping ahead, we read of an encouraging event when the Lord was gracious and merciful to the people of Israel. They were not totally destroyed by the Syrians. God pitied them because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And to this day He still has not completely destroyed them or banished them from His presence. (verse 22)
Dear ones, let us pray for God's grace, mercy, and pity upon America as our future is at stake with the votes of its people on November 8. Our religious freedom, protecting our family with firearms, our Constitutional freedoms, and women's freedoms are all at stake.
LET IT GLOW
Prophet Elisa became sick, which eventually led to his death. He had faithfully served the Lord for 45-55 years and known a lot of kings.
What happened next?
- King Joash went to visit Elisha on his deathbed. Elisha had been only point of contact with Jehovah in time of emergency for the kings.
- Elisha gave Joash a golden opportunity to defeat Syria once and for all, but he failed to use his opportunity.
- Elisha instructed Joash to put his hand on his bow, which was a means of defense. Then Elisha put his hands on Joash's hands. This was symbolic of Joash exerting power against the Syrians that came from the Lord through His prophet. (McArthur)
- Next, Elisha told the king to open the window and shoot his arrow. An arrow was a symbol of God's deliverance over Syria, called an arrow of victory.
- Joash shot the arrows only 3 times instead of 5 or 6 times. A partial victory was symbolized here.
- Elisha was angry at what Joash had done, rather neglected to do. This indicated that Joash knew what he was doing. He deliberately chose not to comply with God's plans. With Assyria gaining in strength, Joash did not want Syria destroyed altogether.
I had to share this. So please pray about who you vote for on November 8. Let our arrow of victory be shot in the form of a vote. What will we do?
Getting back to our story now, Elisha died and was buried in a sepulchre. Then an unnamed man died and before he could be buried, the men doing so spotted a band of Moabites approaching. In desperation the men placed the dead man in the same sepulcher with Elisha. When he was let down and came in contact with Prophet Elisha's bones, the man came alive. Wow!
In his life and death, Elisha had 14 miracles attributed to him, which was twice as many as Elijah.
Later on, Judah and Israel will become a united nation.
Are we living in the last days that Revelation speaks of? Is the Antichrist preparing a one world government?
LET IT GO
Pray and vote.