Welcome back to Week 2 in the Book of 2 Kings.
The daily reflections you have shared out on Instagram and Facebook have been wonderful! I have loved reading them each day and they are such an encouragement! If you missed those discussions – I hope you will join us this week! They are so helpful!
Here are the links to last week’s posts on the blog, in case you missed any of them:
Faith, Work and Getting Out of Debt – based on our reading in 2 Kings 4 and Elisha and the Widow’s Oil.
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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Elisha reassured his servant that he had nothing to fear because they had spiritual protection that he could not see. Elisha prayed and ask the Lord to open the servant’s eyes. When his eyes were opened, he saw the mountain full of horses and chariots of fire, all around them. God struck the Syrians with blindness and Elisha and his servant were safe.
Elisha did not try to explain to the servant the reality of God’s protection for them, instead he prayed and asked the Lord to open his eyes. God answered Elisha’s prayer. The servant had to see it for himself to believe it. There is a spiritual reality around us that we cannot see, but it is real. God is with us. Is there someone you love who is blind to the spiritual realities of God? Though God may want to use you to point that person toward the truth, only God can open their eyes. Write a prayer below and ask the Lord to open their eyes.
The word of the Lord came to Elisha and he prophesied that the prices of food would drop within 24 hours. The king’s captain doubted Elisha and even joked that perhaps God would just drop food from heaven. As a result, a judgement was placed on the captain that he would see the prophecy fulfilled, but not get to share in the blessing. Then God fought for Israel by simply causing the Syrians to hear the sound of chariots, horses and a great army. When they fled, they left all their food in the camp behind. And then it happened according to the word of the Lord, the prices of food went down and the captain saw but was trampled by the people.
May we never doubt the word of God or the power of God to work in ways beyond our imagination or understanding. Unbelief will cause us to miss out on the blessings of the Lord! In what area of your life are struggling with unbelief? Pray and ask the Lord to sustain, strengthen and deepen your faith.
Once again, the Shunammite woman and her son were saved by God, through Elisha. Elisha warns her of a famine in the land and so she arises and does exactly as he tells her to do. For seven years, they sojourn in the land of the Philistines. Upon her return, God intervenes in the timing of her appearance before the king, and all of her land is restored to her.
If you turn back to 2 Kings 4:8-10, you will remember that the way that the Shunammite woman connected with the prophet Elisha was by urging him to eat some of her food. So, whenever he passed by, he would stop and eat at her house. From there, she asked her husband to make a room for him with a bed, chair and lamp. God used this woman’s hospitality and her ‘bed and breakfast’ to meet his needs.
God saw the Shunammite woman’s generosity toward the man of God and blessed her. Have you ever helped care for the need of a pastor, a Sunday School teacher, or a missionary? Is there someone right now in ministry, who has a need you could meet? Write it below and ask the Lord to give you the ability to help meet that need.
As the queen to king Ahab, Jezebel plotted evil against the prophets of God. She called herself a prophet and led the people of Israel astray into idolatry and immorality. When Jehu was anointed king, it was foretold that he would be used to avenge on Jezebel the blood of the prophets. And so, it came to pass, Jezebel was not only killed but she was trampled by horses and eaten by dogs.
God was greatly angered at Jezebel and her wickedness. Her influence is spoken of in Revelation 2:20: “But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.” The problem in the church in Revelation was not that the evil existed, but that the church tolerated it. We must be aware that there are false teachers, both women and men, in the church today. Where do you see false teaching creeping into the church today? How can you grow in wisdom and remain faithful to God’s Word, so that you will not be led astray?
Jehu carried out what was right in the eyes of the Lord by wiping out the house of Ahab and destroying the house of Baal, along with Baal’s prophets. Jehu was zealous for God and he showed it, by wiping out evil in the land.
Zeal is passion and Jehu’s passion caused him to obey the Lord even though it was not safe or comfortable to do. Although Jehu in the end, was far from perfect, God still blessed his zeal. God wants us to be passionate about doing what is right. Are you passionate for the things of God? What is something that requires courage or going outside your comfort zone, that God is asking you to do? Is there something you need to get rid of your life that is displeasing to him?
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This Week’s Verses of the Day:
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Keep walking with the King,
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