Week #52; Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 2 Kings 4:1-8:29

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Elisha succeeded Elijah after he was taken up to Heaven in the whirlwind and Elisha continued to demonstrate the same miraculous powers that Elijah had shown.
2. More evidence is presented on the miraculous events surrounding Elisha during the progression of kings in Israel and Judah.
3. At the point before a miracle occurred, Elisha included a response from the recipient as a precursor to fulfillment; a demonstration of faith.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
2 Kings 4, Elisha and the Widow’s Oil
1. When Elisha responded to the woman whose husband died and the creditor was seeking her two children to be his slave; he said, “What do you have in this house?”
2. The woman said, “Just a jar of oil.”
3. He told her to go outside and borrow empty vessels from all her neighbors, then return and shut the door behind her and her sons.
4. Elisha told her to pour the oil into all the borrowed vessels until all were full; then the oil stopped flowing from her original vessel.
5. Elisha told the woman to go and sell the oil and pay her debts and for her and her sons to live on the rest.
6. Elisha went to Shunem where a wealthy woman lived who urged him to eat food.
7. The woman perceived that Elisha was a holy man of God that continually passed that way.
8. She asked her husband to make a small room on the roof furnished with a bed, table, chair, and a lamp so Elisha could stay there whenever he passed by the woman’s house.
9. When Elisha told his servant, Gehazi, to inquire what the woman needed done, the woman said she had no son and her husband was old.
10. Elisha told the woman that in a year, she would deliver a son and she did.
11. When the child had grown, he complained to his father that he had severe head pain and his father sent him to his mother where he soon died.
12. The woman saddled a donkey and went to Elisha quickly and found him on Mount Carmel.
13. The woman hid her distress from Elisha, but he sent Gehazi with his staff to place it on the woman’s son, but no sound came from her son.
14. When Elisha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed; he prayed to the Lord and lay on the child and the child became warm.
15. Elisha stretched himself upon him again and this time the child sneezed seven times and opened his eyes; Elisha returned the boy to his mother.
16. When Elisha came to Gilgal, there was a famine in the land.
17. Elisha said to set up a large pot and boil stew for the sons of the prophets, but one of them gathered herbs and wild gourds for the stew.
18. When the men became ill, Elisha poured flour into the pot and it became harmless and nourishing.
19. When a man from Baal-shalishah came bringing bread and ears of grain, Elisha said to give it to the men.
20. When the servant asked how the bread and grain could satisfy a hundred men; Elisha said to serve it and they ate their fill with some left according to the word of the Lord.

2 Kings 5, Naaman Healed of Leprosy
1. When Elisha learned that the king of Syria sent the commander of his army, Naaman, who was a leper, to the king of Israel for healing, he told the king to send him to him.
2. Elisha wanted it known that there is a prophet in Israel; he sent a messenger to Naaman saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.”
3. But Naaman was angry that Elisha did not come out to him and wave his hand and call on the name of the Lord and cure his leprosy; he went away in rage.
4. After his servants spoke with him, he returned and dipped himself seven time in the Jordan as instructed by Elisha, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
5. When Naaman was healed, he confessed, “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so, accept now a present from your servant;” however, Elisha refused.
6. Elisha sent Naaman away in peace, but, Gehazi followed Naaman lying to him and accepting two talents of silver and two changes of clothing.
7. But when Gehazi stood before his master, Elisha asked him where he had been.
8. When Gehazi denied his whereabouts to Elisha, he said, “the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever.”

2 Kings 6, The Axe Head Recovered
1. The sons of the prophets told Elisha they wanted to expand their dwelling place to the Jordan and he went with them.
2. In cutting logs, one of the men lost his axe head in the water and he cried out to Elisha that it was borrowed.
3. Elisha asked him, “Where did it fall?”
4. Elisha threw a stick into the place where the axe head fell and made the iron float.
5. The axe head was recovered.
6. The king of Syria was warring with Israel and Elisha kept informing the king of Israel about Syrian movements in frequent warnings.
7. The king of Syria became troubled and asked his servants of this matter; they told him that Elisha informs the king of Israel all that you do.
8. The Syrian king sent his army to Dothan to seize Elisha; Elisha’s servant arose and discovered the presence of the army and reported to Elisha.
9. Elisha prayed to the Lord asking for him to open the eyes of his servant and reveal the horses and chariots of fire all around on the mountains.
10. Elisha also prayed for the Lord to strike the Syrians with blindness when they came down against him; the Lord delivered, and Elisha led them away to Samaria
11. On arriving in Samaria, Elisha prayed to the Lord to open the eyes of the Syrians.
12. The Syrians saw they were amid Samaria and were captives.
13. The king of Israel inquired of Elisha about striking them down, but Elisha told him to give them something to eat; a great feast was prepared.
14. When they were filled, the king of Israel sent them away.
15. The Syrians did not come again on raids into the land of Israel.
16. Afterward, Ben-hadad, king of Syria sent his entire army up to besiege Samaria.
17. There was a great famine in Samaria at the time of the Syrian siege and the king of Israel was in sackcloth.
18. The king was enraged and took his anger out on Elisha, threatening to kill Elisha.

2 Kings 7, Elisha Promises Food
1. Elisha revealed relief was coming the next day with abundance of food at the gate of Samaria.
2. Four lepers were at the entrance of the gate and they decided to give themselves up to the Syrians; but, when they went to the Syrian camp, they found it was completely abandoned.
3. The Lord had made the army of the Syrians hear the sound of chariots and of horses, the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, “Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to come against us.”
4. So, the Syrians fled away in the twilight and abandoned their tents, their horses, and their donkeys, leaving the camp as it was, and fled for their lives.
5. The lepers took all that they wanted and went and hid what they took; but, one said, “We are not doing right, punishment will overtake us if we do not tell the king’s household.”
6. The four lepers came to the gate and informed the gatekeepers that the Syrians had fled leaving all the camp as it was.
7. When the king of Israel was told, he suspected a feint withdrawal to lure the people of Israel out into the open land where they could be easily attacked.
8. The king took two horsemen and sent them after the Syrians; the trail was littered with garments that they had thrown away in haste.
9. They went as far as the Jordan without contact with the Syrian army; they returned and told the king.
10. Then the people went out and plundered the camp of the Syrians, trampling the captain in charge of the gate—he never ate of the spoil as prophesized by Elisha.

2 Kings 8, The Shunammite’s Land Restored
1. Elisha told the Shunammite woman whose son Elisha had restored to life to flee because of the coming famine.
2. She sojourned in the land of the Philistines for seven years and returned at the end of the famine.
3. When she went to the king to appeal for her land, Gehazi the servant of the man of God was speaking to the king about Elisha and the woman appeared to make her appeal.
4. Gehazi told the king that this is the woman that Elisha restored her son to life.
5. The king asked the woman and she told him what Elisha did.
6. Then 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.”
7. Now Elisha came to Damascus and Ben-hadad the king of Syria was sick.
8. Ben-hadad sent Hazael to Elisha with a present telling him to inquire of the Lord through Elisha if he will recover from his sickness.
9. Elisha said to him, “Go say to him, ‘You shall surely recover,’ but the Lord has shown me he will surely die.”
10. Elisha wept because he knew the evil that will be done to the people of Israel.
11. Elisha said, “The Lord has shown me that you are to be king over Syria.”
12. Then Hazael departed Elisha to report to the king of Syria.
13. Hazael told the king that he would surely recover; but the next day he took the bed cloth and dipped it in water and spread it over his face until the king died.
14. Hazael became king in his place.
15. Jehoram began to reign in Judah for eight years and he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord; yet the Lord was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David his servant and the promise to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever.
16. Edom revolted from the rule of Judah and set up a king of their own.
17. Joram rose and stuck the Edomites but was unsuccessful; Edom ruled under separate rule until Ahaziah took Joram’s place.
18. Ahaziah also walked in the way of the house of Ahab; he went with Joram to make war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth-gilead where he was wounded.
19. Ahaziah went down to see Joram because he was sick.

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