First Glance: 2 Kings 9:1-13

So the young prophet went to Ramoth Gilead. - 2 Kings 9:4 Elisha was the most influential and significant prophet of his day. After literally taking the mantle of his mentor, Elijah, Elisha lead the renewal movement within Israel known as the company of prophets. Under Elisha’s influence, God worked to bring life and shalom into... Continue Reading →

First Glance: 2 Kings 8:7-15

He stared at him with a fixed gaze until Hazael was embarrassed. Then the man of God began to weep. (2 Kings 8:11) The story of the murder of Ben-Hadad is a troubling text. All the way back in 1 Kings 19, God told Elijah that Hazael would become the King of Aram and exercise... Continue Reading →

First Glance: 2 Kings 8:1-6

The King was talking to Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, and had said, “Tell me about all the great things Elisha has done.” (2 Kings 8:4) Gehazi’s presence in this story is curious. He is the only one of the servants of Elisha to ever be given a name, and he appears... Continue Reading →

First Glance: 2 Kings 6:8-23

When an attendant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. His servant said, “Alas, my master. What shall we do?” He replied, “Do not be afraid. There are more with us than there are with them.” Then Elisha... Continue Reading →

First Glance: 2 Kings 6:1-7

They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axe head fell into the water. “Oh no, my lord,” he cried out, “It was borrowed.” (2 Kings 6:4b-5) The spiritual and physical are never far apart in the miracles of Elisha. Needy... Continue Reading →

First Glance: 2 Kings 5

“Go in peace,” Elisha said. After Naaman had travelled some distance, Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, “My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something from... Continue Reading →

First Glance: 2 Kings 4:8-37

Did I ask for a son, my lord?” she said, “Did I not tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes?’ (2 Kings 4:28) The first story of Elisha and the Shunammite woman is filled with life and joy. The woman extends the hospitality of her table and eventually has a room built to house the prophet.... Continue Reading →

First Glance: 2 Kings 4:1-7

Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. (2 Kings 4:3) The story of the Widow’s Oil is a miracle of abundance. God takes one little jar of oil and multiplies it to provide for the entire debt of a family and enough for them... Continue Reading →

First Glance: 2 Kings 2

As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more.... Continue Reading →

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