2 Kings 6

2 Kings 6 has another of Elisha’s miracles.  The prophets were living in cramped quarters and asked if they could go cut some wood and build more space to live in.  Elisha agrees and goes with them.  One of the guys was chopping wood and his axe head fell into the Jordan River.  It obviously sank and was not able to be found.  “But as one was felling a log, his axe head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Alas, my master! It was borrowed”.  It might not have been a big deal, but it was borrowed so the guy was beside himself.

 

But Elisha wasn’t worried.  He asked where it had happened and then “he cut off a stick and threw it in there and made the iron float”.  Elisha was able to rely on God’s power to overcome a situation that seemed beyond hope.  He made iron float.  Then the Syrian king kept running into situations where his enemies in Israel always seemed to know what his plan for battle was. He thought there was a trader in their midst, but his servants said “Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom”.

That is problematic so the king of Syria sent horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city. In the morning Elisha’s servant goes out and sees the overwhelming show of force by the Syrians.  He tells Elisha but is told “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them”.  That certainly wasn’t obvious to him.  The city was surrounded and it looked pretty bleak.  But then Elisha prayed asking God to open his eyes.  “The Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha”.

Elisha prays and asks God to strike the Syrian army with blindness.  He didn’t even need the mountains full of horses and chariots.  God blinded the men and Elisha led them to Samaria where God restored their sight.  They realized they were in enemy territory and the king of Israel was ready to wipe them out.  But Elisha instead instructs them to feed them and treat them well.  A strange way to treat an enemy that is out to kill you.  But the result was great as “the Syrians did not come again on raids into the land of Israel”.

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