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.