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2 Kings 6:1-7:20

Random thoughts on Today’s Old Testament Readings:

Sometimes I forget, we forget that the mercy of God is not limited to the righteous. Jesus speaking, “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:45 KJV)”

Every single one of Israel’s kings were wicked, yet God provided a prophet to speak to them, He never gave up on them even though He knew in his foreknowledge those that would seek and turn to Him and those that would reject Him. . Yet although the kings were wicked not everyone in an ungodly nation, community, family and or business is wicked. Who knows why the righteous find themselves in an ungodly environment; maybe like Joseph in Potiphar’s house and in the prison, God allows blessings to flow through the righteous person.

Clearly Elisha served as a buffer, a mediator for God within Israel. “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: (Acts 17:26-27 KJV)”

I must remember that even when people are absolutely wicked and like King Ahab, completely sold out to evil, God’s mercy is still applied to their lives even in the midst of His judgment. Random acts of Kindness began with God not us.

On axeheads...sometimes it amazes me how God takes an interest in seemingly unimportant issues...I missed an appointment(that was important to me but had nothing to do with "spiritual" issues) to go to a messianic service and God made sure another door opened up...Thank God for weekends:).During the week I usually don't have time to got through the commentaries but today I did.I raised some questions on Naaman which John (thanks a lot)answered and reading through Bob's comments on Naaman was like a confirmation...Like Ramona pointed out,God's mercy is truly awesome....Jesus' teachings on blessing your enemies shows up here when the Syrian soldiers were fed in Samaria....
On spiritual vacations....I will be changing continents on friday....so will miss out on my regular prayer meetings and fellowships.I sure do hope the internet service has improved where I'm going but I know like Lydia....where there's a heart that's longing for God,there's always a God that fulfills that longing...
God bless you all

2Kings7:2

"Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?"

The king’s officer doubted the prophecy, and his doubt was based on several faulty premises.


i. First, he doubted the power of God. If God willed it, He certainly could make windows in heaven and drop down food from the sky for the hungry, besieged city of Samaria.


ii. Second, he doubted the creativity of God. In the mind of the king’s officer, the way food could come to the city was from above, because the city was surrounded by a hostile, besieging army. He had no idea that God could bring provision in a completely unexpected way. “How often faith breaks down in this way! It knows that God is, and that He can act. But it only sees one way, and refuses to believe that such a way will be taken. The supply came without the opening of heaven’s windows.” (Morgan)


iii. Third, he doubted the messenger of God. Though the promise was admittedly hard to believe, the king’s officer could have and should have believed it because it came from a man with an established track record of reliability.


iv. All in all, the officer well illustrates the conduct of unbelief:


· Unbelief dares to question the truthfulness of God’s promise itself.

· Unbelief says, “This is a new thing and cannot be true.”

· Unbelief says, “This is a sudden thing and cannot be true.”

· Unbelief says, “There is no way to accomplish this thing.”

· Unbelief says, “There is only one way God can work.”

· Unbelief says, “Even if God does something, it won’t be enough.”

http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/1207.htm

2 Kings 6 (NKJV)
6
So the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float.
7
Therefore he said, “Pick it up for yourself.” So he reached out his hand and took it.

I like this quote By: Bob Deffinbaugh , Th.M. based on this passage above.

“How many times I have wished that God would do the job Himself, supernaturally, and not leave any of the hard work to me. But what we read in our text is very true to the way God works. He provides us with the means—the tools—to do what He has purposed, and then He expects us to labor to accomplish it.

These “tools” are not just material things, like axe heads, but are divine enablements such as spiritual gifts (see 1 Corinthians 12:1ff.).”

Excellent comment.

2 Kings 6 (NKJV)
9
But the prophet sent this message to the king, “Make sure you don’t pass through this place because Syria is invading there.”

Bob Deffinbaugh , Th.M. makes a very interesting and thought-provoking comment:

“Wars are commenced, but they are supernaturally terminated in a way that prevents the loss of human life. I believe I know how this unique period of time can be explained. Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army, is healed of his leprosy, and he is drawn to faith in the God of Israel (2 Kings 5)... [S]urely he does not wish to engage the Israelites in battle. Can’t you just see this man, kneeling in prayer, beseeching God to keep him from going to war with His people? I believe the answers to his prayers are described in 2 Kings 6 and 7.”

2 Kings 6 (NKJV)
16
He replied, “Don’t be afraid, for our side outnumbers them.”

God’s nature is to be victorious, and He has given us His victory. Jesus died so we can know His victory.

This reminds me of a song by Words and Music: Jim Gum, Jay LaVergne © 1998, called “He Walked That Road”:

He stumbled on his way, Just like I’ve done
Yet his gaze was fixed, On the great beyond
Beneath a crown of thorns, I saw his bloody face
Beaten by the hands, Of this fallen race

CHORUS:
He walked that road for me, He took my place
He wiped out my regrets, And didn’t leave a trace
He walked that road for you, To set you free
He walked that road for you and me

Acts 16 (NKJV)
6
Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.
7
After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit [of Jesus] did not permit them.

NOTE:
I was curious: Where was Bithynia? According to www.encyclopedia.com:

“BITHYNIA [Bithynia], ancient country of NW Asia Minor, in present-day Turkey.”

Wikipedia (the free encyclopedia) provides further information:

“The most important cities were Nicomedia and Nicea, which disputed with one another the rank of capital..."
"...at a much earlier period the Greeks had established on the coast the colonies of Cius (afterwards Prusias, modern Gemlik); Chalcedon (modern Kadıköy)...”

I am unsure why the Lord Jesus would stop such devoted servants of the Lord—who literally gave up all for the Gospel—from entering into Bithynia.

Yet, the Lord Jesus—being sovereign—is working out His perfect plan.

It is interesting to note is that even though the Apostle Paul and his companions were not allowed to go to Bithynia, God later used Christians this area to bless all Christians and the world with the clear and definitive affirmation that: Jesus is Lord!

For it was at Nicea and Chalcedon that two (2) major creeds of the Christian church were formed.

The Council of Nicea answered the question of Arius: If Jesus is the Son of God, how can he be God? The council of Nicea established officially what the Lord Jesus had taught and what the Church had been teaching from the beginning: Jesus is fully God.

Wikipedia (the free encyclopedia) mentions this interesting historical footnote: “The first Nicene Council was probably held in the now ruined mosque of Orchan.” The power of the Gospel has won, and will win, over opposing beliefs.

This will happen as we pray, walk in the Word by the power of the Spirit, and enter into the spiritual boldness that Elisha knew.

The Council of Chalcedon later established that Jesus is fully human. According to Wikipedia (the free encyclopedia): “Monophysitism (from the Greek monos meaning 'one, alone' and physis meaning 'nature') is the christological position that Christ has only one nature, as opposed to the Chalcedonian position which holds that Christ has two natures, one divine and one human.”

Jesus is fully human and fully God. These life-giving truths were taught by the Lord Jesus, believed by the apostles and by the 1st century church. Only the true Jesus can provide true, real salvation and can make us pleasing to the Father.

So…the Gospel marches on. May we enter into the flow of the power of the Gospel!

Vance

II Kings 6-7:20

Ah, the story of the Arameans being trapped by “blindness” is awesome and shows how lacking in common sense men of military training and political leaders can be. If the king’s officers really believed that Elisha knew everything the king did, why would you set out to capture him, would not one think he would know what you are doing? Whether their assumption was true or not common sense, if one had any, would dictate the prophet would know you were coming to get him.

I am amazed how blinded to Truth we humans can be. There were plenty of times in my life that God showed himself to me either with incidents like the Arameans experienced or receiving clear words of direction and warnings from what I now know was God, yet a chose not to believe. According to Proverb’s definition, I was just a plan ordinary garden variety “fool.” Praise God for His Redemptive work on Calvary. Amazing Grace how sweet …


Interesting this official of the king who was trampled to death. He in essence said, “Seeing is believing!” when told about the sudden drop in the price of commodities, that seeing he just had to do to believe, killed him. Somewhere in that is a warning for us. I heard a preacher/teacher once say, “No, seeing is not believing, seeing is knowing. We see because we believe so believing is seeing.”

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Hebrews 11:3 NIV)
Acts 15:36-16:15

This disagreement between Paul and Barnabas, IMHO, appears to have been orchestrated by the Holy Spirit. With the break-up of the team, one evangelistic ministry became two! I believe, no, I know that each and every person upon this earth has a purpose that has been designated before the foundation of the earth. When we allow the Holy Spirit to direct us we may wind up like Paul and Barnabas, at odds with each other each thinking the other is wrong and out of line. Because each person is hearing differently, and of course each believes that what they heard in their hearing must also be what the other heard so the other is being disobedient, we clash or worse, someone submits wrongly to the vision of the other and follows along. Then major frustration and resentment develops in the others life.

Today’s reading also goes on to show how when we have an agenda set to do something in ministry, the Holy Spirit is not shy about inserting True plans. It is our job to listen intently to what the Spirit is saying and change course. We mess up when we ignore the Spirit and do our own thing and fail. Then we wonder where God is. “Hey God don’t you know I’m trying to do your work!” In reality, we need to be doing God’s work His way if it is any other way we are doing “Our work our way.”

Psalm 142:1-7

This Psalm is one I believe I need to incorporate into my prayer life, often. I just realized how universal, crossing time and space, these Psalms really are. The condition of man’s heat really has not changed since the Fall of man in the Garden. The tools we have to sin with may have become new and improved, but the sinning, the despair, the desperation and emptiness remains the same, without God.

Proverbs 17:24-25

In reading this verse, 24 Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth,” it just crossed my mind that if our eyes wonder, we will wonder and thus we are unstable. Loyalty, a characteristic we humans desire in our relationships are usually not based on “Truth” which is the only stable thing upon this earth, but based on personalities, family relationships and such like. But unless the person we have given our loyalties too is grounded on the Word of God, our unconditional loyalty to folks will also carry us to the “ends of the earth.” Yikes! This is something I must really think about for a while. Loyalty and unconditional love I don’t believe should be the same thing, have I confused the two.

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