2 Kings 5 & 6: The Iron Did Swim
Verse of the Day: (6:6) And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.
1. Servant (5:1-27)
But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. (5:20)
Captain Naaman of Syria was blessed with might and wisdom but he was a leper. One day a little maid from Israel told him that that was a prophet in Samaria who could heal him. The King of Syria then wrote to the King of Israel that he would send Naaman to him to be healed. Elisha appeared before the King of Israel and told him that he would heal Naaman. Naaman refused to heed Elisha when the latter told him to go and wash himself 7 times in Jordan River. However, after much persuasion from his servants, he washed himself 7 times, and miraculously his flesh became that of a child. He then believed that the God of Israel was the true God, and offered a reward to Elisha, but the latter refused. However Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, deceived Naaman, and told him that Elisha wanted the reward, when actually he was the one who coveted it. Alas, he became a leper. Indeed, let us flee from covetousness, and be contented in God. (1 Timothy 6:6)
2. Swim (6:1-7)
But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed. (6:5)
The sons of the prophets were cutting down wood to build a bigger place when one of them accidentally dropped a borrowed axe head into the water. Elisha then cut a stick and threw it where the axe head fell, and it miraculously swam and floated onto the water. Indeed, let us call upon God and He shall deliver us from all our troubles. (Psalms 50:15)
3. Son (6:8-33)
So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son. (6:29)
Elisha helped the King of Israel such that they were always one step ahead of their enemy, the Syrians. The King of Syria then sent his horses and chariots to capture Elisha. However God miraculously sent multitude of horses and chariots of fire to blind them, and then led them to the King of Israel who sent them back to Syria with bread and water. King Benhadad of Syria again invaded and besieged Samaria, and this time, it resulted in a great famine that the people even resorted to eating their own sons. They then blamed Elisha for their plight. However, Elisha trusted God, and knew that He shall always answer and deliver him. Indeed, let us fully trust God, as He never fails us. (Psalms 118:8)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that You can do the impossible as even the iron can swim.
2 Kings 3 & 4: The Word Of The LORD
Verse of the Day: (4:44) So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD.
1. The Water (3:1-27)
And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood: (3:22)
When the 3 kings, namely King Jehoram of Israel, King Jehoshaphat of Judah and King of Edom allied themselves to fight against the King of Moab, they found themselves in the wilderness without water. They then asked Prophet Elisha as to what they must do. Elisha told them that if it was not for Jehoshaphat, he would not have helped them. Elisha then commanded them to make the valley full of ditches as the next morning God shall miraculously fill them with water after they had offered their meat offerings. When the Moabites saw the water which were as red as blood because of the reflection of the sun, they thought that the 3 kings had fought against one another, and hence they invaded their camp. However, the 3 kings completely defeated them, and chased them to their own country, and the king of Moab even offered his eldest son as a burnt offering as a sign of their submission to them. Indeed, with God we are more than conquerors. (Romans 8:37)
2. The Woman (4:1-7)
Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. (4:1)
A widow cried out to Elisha to help her as her dead husband had incurred a debt and her sons were to be sold as slaves. When she told him that she only had a pot of oil, he told her to borrow all the empty vessels from her neighbours so that she would pour the oil into them. As she poured the oil, all the vessels were miraculously filled, and he told her to sell them and pay the creditors. Indeed, with God, nothing is impossible. (Luke 1:37)
3. The Word (4:8-44)
Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. (4:35)
God rewarded a woman with a son as she had made a room for Elisha and provided bread for him whenever he passed by her place. However one day her son fell and died. God through Elisha then revived him alive. Subsequently, Elisha met the sons of the prophets whose food was contaminated. He then miraculously purified it with flour so that they could eat. Indeed, let us only trust God and His Word as they never fail us. (Psalms 119)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that Your rich Word is a great comfort to my poor soul.
2 Kings 1 & 2: A Whirlwind Into Heaven
Verse of the Day: (2:11) And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
1. The Word (1:1-18)
So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken. And Jehoram reigned in his stead, in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; because he had no son. (1:17)
God told Prophet Elijah to prophesy to King Ahaziah of Israel, that he would die because he sought to ask Baal-zebub instead of the true God concerning his injury. When Ahaziah heard that Elijah had prophesied his death, he sent his captain of 50 soldiers not once but twice to confront Elijah, and twice God sent fire to destroy them. When Ahaziah sent the 3rd captain to confront Elijah, the captain pleaded with him to spare them. Elijah then spared them and went with them to meet Ahaziah. Elijah then told Ahaziah that he had provoked God, and soon after Ahaziah died as according to God’s Word. Jehoram became the King of Israel because Ahaziah had no son, and thus fulfilled God’s prophecy that after Ahaziah, there shall be no descendant from the line of Ahab. (1 Kings 21:21)
2. The Whirlwind (2:1-15)
And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. (2:1)
Before God took Elijah miraculously by a whirlwind to heaven with His chariot and horses of fire, he asked Elisha, his successor, what he required from God through him. Elisha replied that he desired a double portion of Elijah’s spirit so that he would do double work than that of Elijah. Subsequently God blessed Elisha with double portion for his work for him. As Elisha began God’s work, by faith he prayed that God would part Jordan River. God miraculously parted the waters so that Elisha could walk on it dry after he had used Elijah’s mantle to strike at the the bank of Jordan. Indeed, let us seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and He shall fulfil all our needs. (Matthews 6:33)
3. The Waters (2:16-25)
So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake. (2:22)
The 2nd miracle was when God used Elisha to heal the contaminated waters after he had cast salt into it, so that the barren land miraculously became fertile. The 3rd miracle was when God immediately sent 2 female bears to destroy the 42 wicked and rebellious youth who had mocked at Elisha. Indeed, let us pray and commit everything to God, and He shall grant us all our needs and desires according to His perfect will. (Matthew 7:7-12)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that one day I shall be promoted to glorious heaven.
1 Kings 21 & 22: A Prophet Of The LORD
Verse of the Day: (22:7) And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him?
1. The Possession (21:1-29)
And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it. (21:16)
King Ahab of Israel coveted a vineyard next to his palace and asked Naboth the owner to sell it to him. Naboth refused to sell to Ahab as the vineyard was his inheritance from his ancestors. However, Queen Jezebel when she heard it, commanded her men to stone Naboth to death by falsely accusing him of blaspheming God in breaking a fast. Jezebel then possessed his vineyard. However, God is not mocked, and He commanded Elijah to prophesy His judgment upon the evil of both Ahab and Jezebel, that one day, the place where the dogs licked Ahab’s blood, shall be the place where they licked Naboth’s blood, and that the dogs also shall eat Jezebel’s corpse. Indeed, let us flee from wickedness, and pray for our spouse that together we can love and serve God, as He had intended for us in the beginning of time when He created the first couple, Adam and Eve. (Genesis 2:20-25)
2. The Prophet (22:1-50)
And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am wounded. (22:34)
Ahab invited King Jehoshaphat of Judah to join forces with him to fight against Syria and reclaimed Ramoth-gilead from them. Ahab then asked God through his 400 false prophets who only prophesied what Ahab desired to hear that they would prevail against Syria. Jehoshaphat requested Ahab to engage Prophet Micaiah who only spoke God’s truth. Micaiah prophesied that Syria would defeat them, and Zedekiah, Ahab’s false prophet, then slapped him and threw him into prison. Nevertheless both kings refused to listen to Micaiah’s prophesy. Ahab then disguised himself thinking that he would be safe in the battle, however a random arrow hit him, and eventually he died. Dogs came licking his blood thus fulfilling God’s prophecy. Indeed, let us fully submit to God and His perfect will and do what is right before Him, as His will is the best for us. (Luke 22:39-46)
3. The Provocation (22:51-53)
For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the LORD God of Israel, according to all that his father had done. (22:53)
All the kings of Israel including Ahaziah, Ahab’s son, provoked and sinned against God thus reaping condemnation in fiery hell. Let us hence repent our sins, and believe in Jesus, and receive His great gift of eternal life to be with Him in glorious heaven. (Romans 6:23)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to submit to Your Prophet, Jesus, and His perfect will.
1 Kings 19 & 20: God Of Hills And Plains
Verse of the Day: (20:23) And the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, Their gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.
1. The Plowing (19:1-21)
So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. (19:19)
When wicked Queen Jezebel commanded her men to kill Prophet Elijah, the latter ran away from her and then suffered depression. God sent His angel twice to encourage and feed him. Though a great wind, an earthquake and a fire passed by him, but it was the still small voice that he heard God spoke to him. God encouraged him and told him that he was not alone as He had 7,000 men who had never bowed to Baal. God then used him to anoint Hazael to be king over Syria, and Jehu to be the king over Israel, as well as Elisha to be his successor. Elijah would have thought that his successor would be another prophet, but never a busy farmer like Elisha plowing his land. Elisha obeyed God’s call, and forsook all and followed him. Indeed, God only bless those who are busy in their work and ministry for His glory as idle minds are the devil’s workshop. (Proverbs 31)
2. The Prophet (20:1-21)
And, behold, there came a prophet unto Ahab king of Israel, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou seen all this great multitude? behold, I will deliver it into thine hand this day; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD. (20:13)
God sent His prophet to tell Ahab that he would have victory over Benhadad, King of Syria, though Ahab was the most wicked of all the kings of Israel, and the army of Syria outnumbered that of Israel, because He desired that all should repent their sins, and believe in Him, the God of Israel, who is the true God. However, Israel many times failed God, and this was why He sent His Son to not only die for the sins of the world, but to build His church to replace Israel in sharing His great love for the world. (Matthew 16:18)
3. The Plain (20:22-43)
And the children of Israel were numbered, and were all present, and went against them: and the children of Israel pitched before them like two little flocks of kids; but the Syrians filled the country. (20:27)
The army of Syria thought that the God of Israel was only the God of the hills, so they fought with them over the plains. However they were still soundly defeated, as they failed to realise that the God of Israel was the true God. Indeed, let us know that we can do all things through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who shall strengthen us. (Philippians 4:13)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that You are the God of hills and plains and everything.
1 Kings 17 & 18: Will You Follow The LORD?
Verse of the Day: (18:21) And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinion? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
1. Feed (17:1-24)
And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. (17:4)
God sent His Prophet Elijah to tell the wicked King Ahab that there shall be drought in Israel for many years until they would repent their sins and turn to Him. Before God mightily used Elijah, He would have to test his faith in Him. God commanded him to go to the east to hide by the brook before Jordan, and to drink from the brook, and be fed by the ravens. By faith, Elijah went, and drank from the brook, and was miraculously fed by the ravens. God then commanded him to go to Zarephath so that a widow could feed him. By faith, he went and discovered that the widow and her son were having their last meal. He then commanded her to feed him first, and told her that God shall provide them. God miraculously provided them, as the oil and meal were never depleted, and she could use them for many days. Soon the widow’s son fell sick and died. By faith Elijah prayed to God, and her son was miraculously revived. The widow realised that Elijah was truly a man of God. Indeed, let us walk by faith in God, and never by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
2. Follow (18:1-40)
Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. (18:38)
Elijah asked Ahab to gather Israel, and then he challenged them whether they would follow God or Baal. However Israel remained silence. He then asked them for two bullocks; one for the 450 prophets of Baal, while the other for himself, so that they would call for fire from heaven to burn the bullock. The 450 prophets called their Baal, and did everything they could, but still no fire came. Elijah then called to his God, and fire came and burnt the bullock, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. Indeed, let us thus follow the God of Elijah who is the true God. (John 14:6)
3. Face (18:41-46)
So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees. (18:42)
Elijah went to the top of Carmel casting himself on the ground and putting his face between his knees, and prayed to God for rain. He then asked his servant to keep going and looking toward the sea, and on the 7th time, the latter saw a little cloud and then a great rain. Indeed, God answers prayers as we pray earnestly in His will. (James 5:16-18)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to follow You and walk by faith and not by sight.
1 Kings 15 & 16: The Heart Of David
Verse of the Day: (15:1-34) And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father.
1. Heart (15:1-34)
Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. (15:5)
God used King David as the spiritual standard for all the kings of Israel and Judah as the latter truly repented his sins of adultery and murder. Abijam of Judah succeeded Rehoboam, his father, and he like his father did evil against God. However, when Asa succeeded Abijam, his father, he followed David, his ancestor, and did right before God. In the meantime, there was continual civil war between the kings of Israel and Judah, as Asa of Judah fought with Baasha of Israel. Baasha, the son of Ahijah, of the tribe of Issachar, succeeded Nadab, the son of Jeroboam, by conspiracy and murder of the latter’s family, thus fulfilling God’s prophecy against Jeroboam. Again, Baasha did evil like all his ancestors. Indeed, let us flee from evil and only follow after God’s heart. (Acts13:22)
2. Hand (16:1-7)
And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the LORD, in provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam; and because he killed him. (16:7)
While Asa remained the king of Judah, there were many successions for the kings of Israel because of conspiracy and murder. Baasha killed Prophet Jehu who prophesied against his evil work of his hands. Subsequently God judged Baasha, and he died, and Elah, his son, took over the throne. Indeed, we shall reap what we sow. (Galatians 6:7)
3. House (16:8-34)
And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the palace of the king’s house, and burnt the king’s house over him with fire, and died. (16:18)
Elah reigned for 2 years, and while he was drunk, his servant, Zimri, captain of half his chariots, killed him, and reigned Israel. Zimri then killed all the families and friends of Elah. Zimri’s reign was only 7 days, as Israel chose Omri to be their king and besieged Zimri in his city, and the latter went into the palace and burnt himself in his house. Israel was divided as half followed Omri while the rest followed Tibni. Omri then prevailed as Tibni died. Omri did evil and he died, and Ahab, his son, reigned. Ahab was the most evil of all the evil kings of Israel. Indeed, let us repent our sins and turn to God. (1 John 1:9)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to have the heart of David which is after Your heart.