2 Kings – Chapter 7

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Verses 1, 2 – The kings officer had said it couldn’t happen when Elisha prophesied it would. The officers faith and hope were gone, but God’s words came true anyway (7:14-16). Sometimes we feel like it’s too hard to keep believing and hoping in what we’ve believed God has said to us. When we keep our eyes on only the problem, we just might miss the perfect opportunity that God has placed in front of us to use. Nothing is impossible for God.
Verse 3 – According to Leviticus 13:45, 46; Numbers 5:1-4, lepers had to stay outside of any city gate. There was a major famine taking place inside the city gates, so they were dead either way. These men knew that there was plenty of supply in the Arameans camp. They were to the point of not caring what happened any more.
Verses 5-7 – God had already caused the Aramean army into a supernatural panic and caused them to abandon all their provisions. (The Lord goes before you.) When people receive a miracle from God, it will be in a way far above anything we could have done or thought of on our own.
Verses 8-10 – At first the lepers kept the good news to themselves. Then they realized this was not right while their fellow citizens were starving to death. We as Christians can’t forget about those who are dying without Christ. That’s why we share our faith. Our “good news,” is like what the lepers figured out. We have the ability through Jesus Christ to save lives.
Verses 12, 13 – The king was still reacting to God’s miracles with hopeless despair. However, his servants persuaded him to examine the situation.
Verses 16-20 – Now all of Elisha’s prophecy was fulfilled. It is God, and only the All Mighty, who provides our daily provisions! We can’t ever become skeptical that God will deliver us. When our resources are low and doubts strong, remember God can open the floodgates of heaven!

2 Kings – Chapter 6

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Verses 1-7 – Elisha lived among and worked with the prophets. The communities of the prophets were fairly mobile and could relocate whenever their homes or neighborhood became crowded. This story shows us that God is interested in insignificant events of everyday life. This iron ax head was very expensive and belonged to someone else. The man couldn’t just go out and buy another one.
Verses 8-15 – This section, almost two chapters long, shows the man of God intervening in politics. Though God’s people had rejected Him, He didn’t abandon them. During this time, Elisha could live safely in Samaria, though suffering occasional personal threats (6:32). Elisha helped Israel in two ways; by sharing supernatural knowledge of the enemy; and by serving as prophetic encouragement for Samaria. The Arameans knew about Elisha’s supernatural military intelligence. The king of Damascus had an attitude similar to Ahab’s’—defiant.
Verses 16, 17 – Elisha’s servant was no longer afraid when he saw God’s mighty heavenly army. Faith reveals that God is doing more for His people than we can ever realize through sight alone. When face impossible situations, we need to remember that spiritual resources are there even if we can’t see them.
Verses 18-20 – God miraculously delivered the Aramean army into the hands of the Hebrews without bloodshed.
Verses 21, 22 – The Miraculous capture and release of the Aramean army did produce a brief period of peace between the Israelites and Arameans. Elisha told the king not to kill the Arameans and to feed them. The king was not to take credit for what God alone had done. In setting food and water before them, he was heaping “burning coals” on their heads (Proverbs 25:21, 22).
Verses 23, 24 – How long the Arameans stayed away from Israel is not known but a number of years probably passed before the invasion recorded in verse 24.
Verse 25 – When a city like Samaria faced famine, it was no small matter. This famine was so severe that mothers resorted to eating their children (6:26-30). Deuteronomy 28:49-57 predicted that this would happen when the people of Israel rejected God’s leadership.
Verses 31-33 – For years there was conflict between the kings of Israel and the prophets of God. The prophets often predicted doom because of the kings’ evil, so the kings saw Elisha as a troublemaker and blamed God for this situation. Perhaps the king thought Elisha could do any miracle he wanted and was angry that he had not come to Israel’s rescue.

2 Kings – Chapter 5

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Verse 1 – Much like Aids today, leprosy could be contagious and in many cases incurable. In its worst forms, leprosy led to death. Many lepers were forced out of the cities into quarantined camps. Naaman still held his post in the military so his case may have been mild or was in the early stages.
Verse 2 – Naaman’s servant girl was an Israelite, kidnapped from her home and family. Ironically, Naaman’s only hope of being cured came from Israel.
Verses 3, 4 – We don’t know the little girl’s name or much about her, but her brief word to her mistress brought healing and faith in God to a powerful Aramean captain. God had placed her there for a purpose and she was faithful. No matter how humble or small your position, God can use you to spread His Word.
Verse 7 – The reaction of the king of Israel, particularly his fear that Damascus was seeking a pretext for war, showed that this was a time of weakness for Israel.
Verses 9-15 – Naaman, a great hero was used to getting respect, and he was outraged when Elisha treated him like an ordinary person. He was a proud man and expected royal treatment. He couldn’t believe that Elisha told him to go wash in the Jordan, which was small and dirty. To wash in the Jordan, Naaman thought, was beneath a man of his position.
Obedience to God begins with true humility. We have to recognize that God’s way is better than ours is. God can use anything and anyone to accomplish His purposes.
Verse 12 – Naaman was in a rage because he felt in order to cure his disease, this was too simple. Full of pride and self-will, he could not accept the simple cure of faith. Sometimes people react to God’s offer of forgiveness in the same way. What Naaman had to do to have his leprosy washed away is similar to what we must do to have our sin wash away—humbly accept God’s mercy of forgiveness.
Verse 16 – Elisha refused Naaman’s money to show that God’s favor could not be purchased. Our money like Naaman’s is useless when facing death. It is our faith in Jesus Christ that saves us, not our bank accounts.
Verses 18, 19 – Also known as Hadad, Rimmon, the god of Damascus, was believed to be a god of rain and thunder. Naaman, unlike most of his contemporaries, showed a keen awareness of God’s power. Instead of adding God to his nation’s collection of idols, he acknowledged that there was only one true God.
Verses 20-27 – Gehazi saw a perfect opportunity to get rich by selfishly asking for the reward Elisha had refused. Gehazi lied and tried to cover up his motives for accepting the money. Personal gain had become more important than serving God. This scripture is not telling us that money is evil or that ministries shouldn’t get paid; instead, it is warning against greed and deceit. True service is motivated by love and devotion. We need to always check our motives.