Joram Restores The Shunammite’s Land

The Japanese introduced a tree to the world that is called a Bonsai tree. It is measured in inches instead of feet as other trees are measured. It is not allowed to reach anywhere near its full growth potential but instead grows in a stunted form. The reason for it growing in s … More

Potential

 

 

The Lord had revealed to Elisha that he would bring a seven-year famine on the land. This was a punishment for apostasy.  Elisha had warned the Shunammite woman and suggested that she move temporarily to the land of the Philistines which would not be affected by the famine. Returning to Israel the woman appeared before King Joram and begged for her former property which had been taken over by someone else in her absence. Her association with the prophet influenced the king to return her property.

 

Elisha visited Damascus where the king, Ben-Hadad, was ill.  He was well known to the king for the many miracles he had performed. The king instructed his official Hazael to greet Elisha by taking him a gift.  He also instructed him to find out if he would recover from his illness. Elisha replied that Ben-Hadad would recover but he would still die, and the prophet inferred that Hazael would cause his death. The servant returned to the bedside of his master to announce that the king would recover. Since Hazael was already informed that he was to become king, he decided to hasten the process by murdering his master. He suffocated his master in a manner that made it look as if Ben-Hadad had died of natural cause. As Elisha had predicted, Hazael was elevated to the throne (v. 13).

 

Application

 

 

When Elisha told Hazael that he would sin greatly, Hazael did not admit his personal potential for evil. It is easy for me to think that I’m above gross sin. I should be taking a more realistic look at my potential for sin. I need to be asking God daily for his strength to keep me from evil.

 

II Kings 8:1-15 (English Standard Version)

Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, "Arise, and depart with your household, and sojourn wherever you can, for the LORD has called for a famine, and it will come upon the land for seven years." So the woman arose and did according to the word of the man of God. She went with her household and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years. And at the end of the seven years, when the woman returned from the land of the Philistines, she went to appeal to the king for her house and her land. Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, "Tell me all the great things that Elisha has done." And while he was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and her land. And Gehazi said, "My lord, O king, here is the woman, and here is her son whom Elisha restored to life." And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So 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." Now Elisha came to Damascus. Ben-hadad the king of Syria was sick. And when it was told him, "The man of God has come here," the king said to Hazael, "Take a present with you and go to meet the man of God, and inquire of the LORD through him, saying, 'Shall I recover from this sickness?'" So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, all kinds of goods of Damascus, forty camel loads. When he came and stood before him, he said, "Your son Ben-hadad king of Syria has sent me to you, saying, 'Shall I recover from this sickness?'" And Elisha said to him, "Go, say to him, 'You shall certainly recover,' but the LORD has shown me that he shall certainly die." And he fixed his gaze and stared at him, until he was embarrassed. And the man of God wept. And Hazael said, "Why does my lord weep?" He answered, "Because I know the evil that you will do to the people of Israel. You will set on fire their fortresses, and you will kill their young men with the sword and dash in pieces their little ones and rip open their pregnant women." And Hazael said, "What is your servant, who is but a dog, that he should do this great thing?" Elisha answered, "The LORD has shown me that you are to be king over Syria." Then he departed from Elisha and came to his master, who said to him, "What did Elisha say to you?" And he answered, "He told me that you would certainly recover." But the next day he took the bed cloth and dipped it in water and spread it over his face, till he died. And Hazael became king in his place.

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