2 Kings 8

2 Kings 8 has a flashback to the woman whom Elisha had brought her son back to life.  He told them to flee the country as there would be a seven year drought and famine, so they went to Philistine to live.  Now she was back and wanting to get her home and land back.  It just so happened that Gehazi was with the king telling him the great things that Elisha had done, and the story of this woman and her son was the topic of discussion.  Was it an accident or coincidence.  Not hardly.  There are no coincidences in God’s world.

So the king says “Restore all that was hers, together with all the produce of the fields from the day that she left the land until now”.  God worked it out that Gehazi would be there at that exact time when the woman would come and ask for her possessions back, even after abandoning them to go to Syria.  And God did give them back through the king.  Meanwhile, the king of Syria is not doing well and sends a messenger to Elisha to find out if he will recover or not.  Elisha gives him the news, but knows that it will be altered.

Elisha knows that the illness the king has will not kill him.  But he also knows that Hazael will end the king’s life.  And it didn’t take long.  Hazael “the next day he took the bed cloth and dipped it in water and spread it over his face, till he died”.  Elisha was saddened by that truth.  Hazael took over the throne and walked without the Lord.  This was a messy time in the history of Judah.  The Edomites decide they want to revolt and set up a king on their own.

Then Libnah revolted at the same time.  It gets pretty messy all around.  None of the nations were led by godly kings at all.  They all walked in the ways of their evil fathers and did evil in God’s eyes.  There was wars all over the place.  King Joram is wounded as he did battle with the Syrians and headed to Jezreel to take some time to heal.  And while there, Ahaziah king of Judah came to visit.  There are some strange relationships going on in the ranks of God’s people.

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