Elisha Purifies The Deadly Stew

A young boy went to the local store with his mother. The shop owner, a kindly man, passed him a large jar of suckers and invited him to help himself to a handful. Uncharacteristically, the boy held back. So the shop owner pulled out a handful for him. When outside, the boy&rsqu … More

Provision

 

 

Elisha goes back to Gilgal while there was famine in the land. Remember he was the man God choose to replace Elijah. Where Elijah’s ministry was marked with great events such the praying for a drought for three and half years or the battle between Elijah and the prophets of Baal, we find an entirely different type of prophet in Elisha. I believe he was a quieter man than Elijah was. What marked his ministry was his great desire to do something great for God. Elisha accounts for fourteen miracles of the Bible. That is double what Elijah had. This passage can be summed up as follows:

 

1. DEARTH IN THE LAND (v.38) - “there was a dearth in the land.” What is dearth? It is a severe famine in the land. The Lord promised it would happen.

2. DEATH IN THE POT (v. 40) - And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof.”

3. DISTRESS OF THE HEART (v. 40) - By proclaiming the truth of the situation, it would be offensive to the one who put the wrong herbs in the pot. People get offended many times when they are confronted with the fact that they are sinners.

4. DELIEVERANCE IN THE MEAL (v. 41) - “But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people” The meal was the antidote to the poison. Meal in the Bible is a type of the pure Word of God.

5. DIVIDING OF THE LOAVES (v. 42-44) A man from Baal Shalisha brought some food for the prophet. The Lord multiplied it for 100 men and had some left over, just as He predicted.

 

Application

 

 

If I try to accomplish things in my own strength I will fail but when I attempt great things for God in His strength there is nothing that is too hard for Him.

 

II Kings 4:38-44 (English Standard Version)

And Elisha came again to Gilgal when there was a famine in the land. And as the sons of the prophets were sitting before him, he said to his servant, "Set on the large pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophets." One of them went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine and gathered from it his lap full of wild gourds, and came and cut them up into the pot of stew, not knowing what they were. And they poured out some for the men to eat. But while they were eating of the stew, they cried out, "O man of God, there is death in the pot!" And they could not eat it. He said, "Then bring flour." And he threw it into the pot and said, "Pour some out for the men, that they may eat." And there was no harm in the pot. A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And Elisha said, "Give to the men, that they may eat." But his servant said, "How can I set this before a hundred men?" So he repeated, "Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, 'They shall eat and have some left.'" So he set it before them. And they ate and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.

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