Monthly Archives: September, 2011

2 Kings 8.7- 15

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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 will certainly die.” And he fixed his gaze and stared at him, until he was ashamed. 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 slay their young men with the sword, and dash in pieces their little ones, and rip up their women with child.”

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 on the morrow he took the coverlet and dipped it in water and spread it over his face, until he died. And Hazael became King in his stead.

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Luke 9.44-50

Amid the general wonder and admiration at all he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, “What I now say is for you. The son of Adam is going to be given up into the power of men.”

But they did not understand what he said; it had been hidden from them so they should not perceive its drift; and they were afraid to ask him what it meant.

A dispute arose among them: which of them was the greatest?

Jesus knew what was passing in their minds, so he took a child by the hand and stood him at his side, and said, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives the One who sent me. For the least among you all– He is the greatest.”

“Master,” said John, “we saw a man casting out devils in your nam, but as he was not one of us we tried to stop him.”

Jesus said to him, “Do not try to stop him, for he who is not against you is on your side.”

2 Kings 6.24-7.17

Afterward Benhadad King of Syria mustered his entire army, and went up and besieged Samaria.

And there was a great famine in Samaria when they besieged it, until an ass’s head was sold for 80 shekels of silver, and the fourth part of a kab of dove’s dung for five shekels of silver.

Now as the King of Israel was passing by upon the wall, a woman cried out to him, saying “Help, my lord, O King.”

And he said, “If the Lord will not help you, whence shall I help you? From the threshing floor, or from the wine press?” And the King asked her, “What is your trouble?”

She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’ So we boiled my son, and ate him. And on the next day I said to her, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him,’ but she has hidden her son.”

When the King heard the words of the woman he rent his clothes– Now he was passing by along the wall– and the people looked, and behold, he had sackcloth beneath upon his body– and he said, “May God do so to me, and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shapat remains on his shoulders today.”

Elisha was sitting in his house; and the elders were sitting with him.

Now the King had dispatched a man from his presence; but before the messenger arrived, Elisha said to the elders, “Do you see how this murderer has sent to take off my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door, and hold the door fast against him. Is not the sound of his master’s feet behind him?”

And while he was still speaking with them, the King came down to him, and said, “This trouble is from the Lord! Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?”

But Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord, Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine meal shall be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.”

Then the captain on whose hand the King leaned said to the man of God, “If the Lord himself should make windows in Heaven, how could this thing be?”

But Elisha said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.”

Now there were four men who were lepers at the entrance to the gate; and they said to one another, “Why do we sit here until we die? If we say, ‘Let us enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there; and if we sit here, we die also. So now, let us go over to the camp of the Syrians. If they spare our lives we shall live, and if they kill us, we shall but die.” So they arose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; but when they came to the edge of the camp of the Syrians, behold, there was no one there.

For the Lord had made the army of the Syrians hear the sound of chariots, and of horses– the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, “Behold, the King of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to come against us.” So they fled away in the twilight and forsook their tents, their horses and their asses, leaving the camp as it was, and fled for their lives.

And when these lepers came to the edge of the camp, they went into a tent, and ate, and drank; and they carried off silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them. Then they went back, and entered another tent, and carried off things from it, and went and hid them.

Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news; if we are silent, and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us! Now, therefore, come let us go and tell the King’s household.” So they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city, and told them, “We came to the camp of the Syrians, and behold, there was no one to be seen or heard there, nothing but the horses tied, and the asses tied, and the tents as they were.”

Then the gatekeepers called out, and it was told within the King’s household. And the King rose in the night, and said to his servants, “I will tell you what the Syrians have prepared against us! They know that we are hungry; therefore they have gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the open country, thinking ‘When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive and get into the city!'”

And one of his servants said, “Let some men take five of our remaining horses, seeing that those of us left here will fare like the whole multitude of Israel that have already perished; let us send and see.”

So they took two mounted men, and the king sent them after the army of the Syrians, saying “Go and see.” So they went after them as far as the Jordan; and lo, all the way was littered with garments and equipment which the Syrians had thrown away in their haste. And the messengers returned and told the King.

Then the people went out and plundered the camp of the Syrians.

So a measure of fine meal was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord.

Now the King had appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned, to have charge of the gate. And the people trod upon him in the gate, so that he died, as the man of God had said when the King came down to him.

Luke 9.37-43

Next day when they came down from the hills he was met by a large crowd.

All at once there was a shout from a man in the crowd: “Master, look at my son, I implore you, my only child! From time to time a spirit seizes him, gives a sudden scream, and throws him into convulsions with foaming at the mouth. It keeps on mauling him, and will hardly let him go! I asked your disciples to cast it out, but they could not!”

Jesus answered, “What an unbelieving and perverse generation! How long shall I be with you and endure you all? Bring your son here.”

But before the boy could reach him, the spirit dashed him to the ground and threw him into convulsions.

Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, cured the boy, and gave him back to his father.

And they were all struck with awe at the majesty of God.

2 Kings 6.8-23

[Skipping a brief miracle story in 6.1-7]

Once when the King of Syria was warring against Israel, he [The King of Israel?] took counsel with his servants, saying, “At such and such a place shall be my camp.”

But the man of God sent word to the King of Israel, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are going down there.” And the King of Israel sent to the place of which the man of God told him. Thus he used to warn him, so that he saved himself there more than once or twice.

And the mind of the King of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me who of us is for the King of Israel?”

And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O King, but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the King of Israel the words that you speak in your bedchamber.”

And he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him.”

It was told him, “Behold, he is in Dothan.” So he sent there horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city.

When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was round about the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”

He said, “Fear not, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed, and said, “O Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes that he may see.”

So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

And when the Syrians came down against Elisha, he prayed to the Lord and said, “Strike this people, I pray Thee, with blindness.”

So He struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha.

And Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man you seek.” And he led them to Samaria.

As soon as they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they might see.”

So the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw; and lo, they were in the midst of Samaria.

When the King of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, “My father, shall I slay them? Shall I slay them?”

He answered, “You shall not slay them. Would you slay those whom you have captured with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.”

So he prepared for them a great feast, and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master.

And the Syrians came no more on raids into the land of Israel.

Luke 9.28-36

About eight days after this conversation he took Peter, John, and James with him and went up into the hills to pray. And while he was praying his face changed and his clothes became dazzling white.

Suddenly there were two men talking with him; these were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, the destiny he was to fulfill in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile Peter and his companions had been in a deep sleep; but when they awoke, they saw his glory and the two men who stood beside him.

And as these were moving away from Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, how good it is that we are here! Shall we make three shelters: one for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah?” (but he spoke without knowing what he was saying.)

The words were still on his lips when there came a cloud which cast a shadow over them; they were afraid as they entered the clous, and from it came a voice: “This is my son, my chosen; listen to him!”

When the voice had spoken, Jesus was seen to be alone.

The disciples kept silence and at that time told no one anything of what they had seen.

2 Kings 5

Naaman, commander of the army of the King of Syria, was a great man with his master, and in high favor, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.

Now the Syrians on one of their raids had carried off a little maid from the land of Israel, and she waited on Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”

So Naaman went in and told his lord, “Thus and so spoke the maiden from the land of Israel.”

And the King of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the King of Israel.”

So he went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shields of gold, and ten festal garments. And he brought the letter to the King of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you Naaman my servant, that you may cure him of his leprosy.”

And when the King of Israel read the letter, he rent his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Only consider, and see how he is seeking a quarrel with me!”

But when Elisha the man of God heard that the King of Israel had rent his clothes, he sent to the King, saying, “Why have you rent your clothes? Let him come now to me, that he may know there is a prophet in Israel.”

So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the door of Elisha’s house.

And Elisha sent a message to him, saying, “Go and wash yourself in the Jordan seven times; and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.”

But Naaman was angry and went away, saying “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and cure the leper! Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.

But his servant came near and said to him, “My father, if the prophet had commanded you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much, rather, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”

So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Then he returned to the man of God, all his company; and he came and stood before him, and he said, “Behold, I know that there is no god in all the Earth but in Israel; so accept now a present from your servant.”

But he said, “As the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will receive none.”

Then Naaman said, “If not, I pray you, let there be given to your servant two mules’ burden of earth; for henceforth your servant will not offer burnt offering nor sacrifice to any god but the Lord. In this matter, may the Lord pardon your servant: When my master goes into the House of Rimmon to worship there, leaning on my arm, and I bow myself in the House of Rimmon; when I bow myself in the House of Rimmon, the Lord pardon your master in this matter!”

He said to him, “Go in peace.”

But when Naaman had gone from him a short distance, Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “See, my master has spared this Naaman the Syrian, in not accepting from his hand what he brought. As the Lord lives, I will run after him, and get something from him.” Sp Gehazi followed Naaman.

And when Naaman saw someone running after him, he alighted from the chariot to meet him, and said to him, and said, “Is all well?”

And he said, “All is well. My master has sent me to say, ‘There have just now come to me from the hill country of Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets. Pray give them a talent of silver and two festal garments.'”

And Naaman said, “Be pleased to accept two talents.” And he urged him, and tied up two talents of silver in two bags, with two festal garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they carried them before Gehazi.

And when he came to the hill, he took them from their hand, and put them in the house; and he sent the men away; and they departed. He went in and stood before his master.

And Elisha said to him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?”

And he said, “Your servant went nowhere.”

But he said to him, “Did I not go with you in spirit when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Was it a time to accept money and garments, olive orchards and vineyards, sheep and oxen, menservants and maidservants? Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants for ever.”

So he went out from his presence a leper white as snow.

Luke 9.25-27

“For what will a man gain by winning the whole world, at the cost of his true self?

“For whoever is ashamed of me and mine, the son of Adam will be ashamed of him, when he comes in his glory and the glory of his Father and the holy angels.

“And I tell you this: There are some of those standing here who will not taste death before they have seen the kingdom of God.”

2 Kings 4

Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha; “Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.’

And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what have you in the house?”

And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house, except a jar of oil.”

Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels of all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few! Then go in, and shut the door upon yourself and your your sons, and pour into all these vessels; and when one is full, set it aside.”

So she went from him and shut the door upon herself and her sons; and as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”

And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing.

She came and told the man of God; and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts; and you and your sons can live on the rest.”
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One day Elisha went on to Shunem, where a wealthy woman lived, who urged him to eat some food. So whenever he passed that way, he would turn in there to eat food. And she said to her husband, “Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God, who is continually passing this way. Let us make him a small roof chamber with walls, and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that whenever he comes to us, he can go in there.”

One day he came there, and he turned into the chamber and rested there. And he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite.” When he had called her, she stood before him. And he said to him, “Say now to her, See you have taken all this trouble for us; what is to be done for you? Would you have a word spoken on your behalf to the King or to the commander of the army?”

She answered, “I dwell among my own people.”

And he said, ‘What then is to be done for her?”

Gehazi answered, “Well, she has no son, and her husband is old.”

He said, “Call her.” And when he had called her, she stood in the doorway. And he said, “At this season, when the time comes around, you shall embrace a son.”

And she said, “No, my lord, O man of God; do not lie to your maidservant.” But the woman conceived, and she bore a son about that time the following spring, as Elisha had said to her.

When the child had grown, he went out one day to his father among the reapers. And he said to his father, “Oh my head, my head!”

The father said to his servant, “Carry him to his mother.”

And when he had lifted him, and brought him to his mother, the child sat on her lap until noon, and then he died. And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. Then she called to her husband, and said, “Send me one of the servants and one of the asses, that I may quickly go to the man of God, and come back again!”

And he said, “It is neither new moon nor sabbath.”

She said, “It will be well.” Then she saddled the ass, and she said to her servant, “Urge the beast on; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.” So she set out, and came to the man of God on Mt. Carmel.

When the man of God saw her coming, he said to Gehazi his servant, “Look, yonder is the Shunammite; run at once to meet her, and say to her, Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?”

And she answered, “It is well.” And when she came to the mountain to the man of God, she caught hold of his feet.

And Gehazi came to thrust her away. But the man of God said, “Let her alone, for she is in bitter distress; and the Lord has hidden it from me, and has not told me.”

Then she said, “Did I ask my lord for a son? Did I not say, Do not deceive me?”

He said to Gehazi, “Gird up your loins, and take my staff in your hand, and go. If you meet anyone, do not salute him; and if any one salutes you, do not reply; and lay my staff upon the face of the child.”

Then the mother of the child said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.”

So he arose and followed her.

Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff upon the face of the child, but there was no sound nor sign of life. Therefore he returned to meet him, and told him, “The child has not awakened.”

When Elisha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed. So he went in and shut the door upon the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. Then he went up and lay upon the child, putting his mouth upon his mouth, his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands; and as he stretched himself upon him, the flesh of the child became warm. Then he got up again, and walked once too and fro in the house, and went up, and stretched himself upon him.

The child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.

Then he summoned Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite.” So he called her. And when she came to him, he said, “Take up your son.” She came and fell at his feet, bowing to the ground; then she took up her son and went out.

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 great pot, and boil pottage 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 cut them up into the pot, not knowing what they were.

And they poured it out for the men to eat. But while they were eating of the pottage, they cried out, “O man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it.

He said, “Then bring meal.” And he threw it into the pot, and said, “Pour out for the men, that they may eat.” And there was no harm in the pot.

A man came from Baalshalishah, bringing the man of God bread of his first fruits, 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 am I to 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.

Luke 9.23-24

And to all he said, “If anyone wishes to be a follower of mine, he must leave self behind. Day after day he must leave self behind and come with me. Whoever cares for his own safety is lost, but if a man will let himself be lost for my sake, that man is safe.”