2 Kings 4
Elisha was a powerful man of God. He was favored by God and was delivered from human death. He succeeded Elijah in the line of prophets. Elisha was known for:
1. Fighting idolatry.
2. Promoting true worship.
3. Power to work miracles.
OBEDIENCE IS THE FIRST REQUIREMENT FOR A MIRACLE: 2 Kings 4:1-3
“The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, ‘Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.’
“Elisha replied to her, ‘How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?’ ‘Your servant has nothing there at all,’ she said, ‘except a little oil.’
“Elisha said, ‘Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.’”
1. Faith without works is dead.
2. Blessings come in proportion to our expectations.
“He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you’” -Matthew 17:20.
OUR EXTREMITY IS GOD’S OPPORTUNITY: 2 Kings 4:4-6
“‘Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.’
5“She left him and afterward shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6When all the jars were full, she said to her son, ‘Bring me another one.’ But he replied, ‘There is not a jar left.’ Then the oil stopped flowing.”
1. God delights in taking the meager and making it much.
2. God is always present in our darkest moment.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” -Isaiah 43:2.
GOD’S MIRACLES ALWAYS TEACH US A LESSON: 2 Kings 4:7
“She went and told the man of God, and he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.’”
1. A lesson of righteousness.
2. A lesson of resources.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” -I John 5:14-15.