2 Kings Chapter 8

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2 Kings 8

1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the Lord hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.

2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.

3 And it came to pass at the seven years’ end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land.

4 And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.

5 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.

6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.

7 And Elisha came to Damascus; and Benhadad the king of Syria was sick; and it was told him, saying, The man of God is come hither.

8 And the king said unto Hazael, Take a present in thine hand, and go, meet the man of God, and enquire of the Lord by him, saying, Shall I recover of this disease?

9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels’ burden, and came and stood before him, and said, Thy son Benhadad king of Syria hath sent me to thee, saying, Shall I recover of this disease?

10 And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest certainly recover: howbeit the Lord hath shewed me that he shall surely die.

11 And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was ashamed: and the man of God wept.

12 And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child.

13 And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The Lord hath shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.

14 So he departed from Elisha, and came to his master; who said to him, What said Elisha to thee? And he answered, He told me that thou shouldest surely recover.

15 And it came to pass on the morrow, that he took a thick cloth, and dipped it in water, and spread it on his face, so that he died: and Hazael reigned in his stead.

16 And in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat being then king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Je hoshaphat king of Judah began to reign.

17 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.

18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab: for the daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.

19 Yet the Lord would not destroy Judah for David his servant’s sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his children.

20 In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a king over themselves.

21 So Joram went over to Zair, and all the chariots with him: and he rose by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him about, and the captains of the chariots: and the people fled into their tents.

22 Yet Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time.

23 And the rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

24 And Joram slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.

25 In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel did Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah begin to reign.

26 Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel.

27 And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of the Lord, as did the house of Ahab: for he was the son in law of the house of Ahab.

28 And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to the war against Hazael king of Syria in Ramothgilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram.

29 And king Joram went back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.

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40 thoughts on “2 Kings Chapter 8

  1. The Lord blessed the Shunammite woman once again for her faithfulness. She went above and beyond when she could, when she actually prepared a place for the holy man of God to rest, and now she was being blessed above and beyond what she sought. We are blessed to be a blessing.

  2. 18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab: for the daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.

    19 Yet the Lord would not destroy Judah for David his servant’s sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his children.

    When God made this promise to David, he knew what was gonna happen afterward, he wasn’t surprised that some of the following generations weren’t gonna follow him, but that’s how much David meant to him. And that’s how valuable we are to God as well, he will always keep his promises that he has for us in our lives.

  3. pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.

    6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.

    He will restore!

  4. 5. And Gehazi was telling the king about the time Elisha had brought a boy back to life. At that very moment, the mother of the boy walked in to make her appeal to the king about her house and land. “Look, my lord the king!” Gehazi exclaimed. “Here is the woman now, and this is her son-the very one Elisha brought back to life!” NLT

    Don’t believe that it was just a coincidence that seven years later, Gehazi was telling the king about this woman at the very moment she walked in – God knows what He is doing and He is always right on time!

  5. BLESSED THROUGH OBEDIENCE

    1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the Lord hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.
    2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.
    3 And it came to pass at the seven years’ end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land.
    4 And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.
    5 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.
    6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.

    The words Elisha spake to this family were no doubt unpopular, discouraging and frustrating. To be advised to leave your home and possessions is not a popular suggestion. However this woman had great faith and great respect to the man of GOD and for his words. She did exactly what he said, she left for 7 years, then she returned to recover.

    The result of obedience is that we qualify to recover all that has been lost or left behind. Not only did she get her property back, she got everything back that it had produced.

    GOD is MORE faithful that we. His desire is for us to GROW in HIM and HIS Kingdom, our BLESSING is connected to our OBEDIENCE.

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  6. iLove to Grow in the Word
    Elisha had told the woman whose son he had brought back to life, “Take your family and move to some other place, for the lord has called for a famine on Israel that will last for seven years.”

    The woman of Shunem is still living off the blessings of making a room for the man of God. If you remember, this is the lady that invested $15,000 (the amount it would cost most of us today) into adding an addition to her house for the man of God to rest when he came by. She made him a room, put a bed, table, and candlestick in there to help him on his journey.

    The fact of the matter is, you cannot out give God. God will repay those who take care of the man of God. We should be looking for ways to bless the man of God.

  7. Elisha knew the outcome that Hazael would do after he spoke to him and he cried because God told him he would destroy many lives when he became king. Hazael’s greed to become king lead him to disobedience and killed to get his way.

    The Lord blesses those that bless others, don’t allow greed to take over your life because sin will find you out sooner or later You’ll pay the price which is death.

  8. Your obedience to the man of God does matter!

    1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the Lord hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.

    2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.

    3 And it came to pass at the seven years’ end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land.

    6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.

    Because of this women’s obedience she not only didn’t have to suffer through the famine but when it was over she got back everything she lost! She could have been stubborn minded and decided that she wasn’t going to move even with the warnings of the man of God and her story would have turned out different, but because of obedience, she was blessed! We should have this same attitude! Lord help me to be obedient in listening to your voice through the man of God, and to act upon those words!

  9. 1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the Lord hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.
    God blessed the woman for her obedience to Elisha over and over again. Obedience to God and the Pastor gives perpetual blessing and favor!

  10. My God is so good! Looking at this woman’s testimony, there were so many times she could have doubted and lost hope. She never did though, instead, she trusted God and His plan. God’s plans can seem kind of crazy sometimes and we will never fully understand the who, what, when, where, why, or how, until it’s over and we can look back and see how God fixed everything into place for His glory. To me this woman is a great example of how we should act in obedience, respond with faith, and align ourselves with God’s will.

  11. 2 Kings 8:1-6 (NLT)
    1) Elisha had told the woman whose son he had brought back to life, “Take your family and move to some other place, for the LORD has called for a famine in Israel that will last for seven years.”
    2) So the woman did as the man of God instructed. She took her family and settled in the land of the Philistines for seven years.
    3) After the famine ended she returned from the land of the Philistines, and she went to see the king about getting back her house and land.
    4) As she came in, the king was talking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God. The king had just said, “Tell me some stories about the great things Elisha has done.”
    5) And Gehazi was telling the king about the time Elisha had brought a boy back to life. At that very moment, the mother of the boy walked in to make her appeal to the king about her house and land. “Look, my lord the king!” Gehazi exclaimed. “Here is the woman now, and this is her son – the very one Elisha brought back to life!”
    6) “Is it true?” the king asked her. And she told him the story. So he directed one of his officials to see that everything she had lost was restored to her, including the value of the crops that had been harvested during her absence.

    The woman DID as the Man of God Instructed. She was OBEDIENT, and because of her Obedience, when she returned, not only was her home and land RESTORED back to her, but also the value of her crops that had been harvested during her absence.
    OBEDIENCE to the Man of God and the Word of God that he speaks can bring RESTORATION to your life.

    Also another thought I had was this woman had a DIVINE APPOINTED. “And Gehazi was telling the king about the time Elisha had brought a boy back to life. AT THAT MOMENT, the mother of the boy walked in to make her appeal to the king about her house and land. “Look, my lord the king!” Gehazi exclaimed. “HERE IS THE WOMAN NOW, and this is her son – the very one Elisha brought back to life!”

  12. 17 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.

    18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab: for the daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.

    Ladies – we must be careful and prayerful. Remember the old saying “if momma ain’t happy, nobody is happy….” we see referenced in this scripture, the King was married to the daughter of Ahab and the king did evil in the sight of the Lord. I wonder why who he was married to? Was it because she had him wrapped around her finger and he was control by her?

    As women of God we must know our place and know when to speak and when not to speak. It’s okay to have an opinion but we must let the decision up to our husbands and not manipulate him to our benefit. We don’t want to be responsible for him doing evil in the sight of the Lord because of us.

    Know your God, know your boundaries, and know your relationship with your spouse, don’t manipulate a situation for your benefit. Let the Word of God and prayer guide you and be content when the answer is not what you wanted.

  13. Miracles seem to always come with a message. The lady who’s son was brought back to life was told that the land she was in was going to have a famine. She and her son probably would have not made it if Elisha did not give her the message and if she did not listen to him.

    “Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the Lord hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years. And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.”
    ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭8:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  14. 5 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.
    6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.

    She was blessed because of her obedience! She obeyed the man of God and left her home for 7 long years in Philistine, which if you think about it, is an ungodly people with strange ways to an Israelite. Yet she endured and at the end of those 7 years, she came back as instructed and even though she was not promised restoration of her lands, she received it by the hand of God for her obedience. Help us Lord to obey your word through our Pastor through obedience and not grumbling and complaining so that we can be blessed!

  15. Reading this chapter reminds me of what I have been told before “Simple Obedience”! We may not agree with all that is said or done but trust the man of God he is looking out for our soul.

  16. A Dry Spell

    I can imagine this certain woman did not want to leave her home. Likely, the famine would have killed her and her son. She followed the advice of the man of God and made it through famine. Then upon returning to where she belonged the king restored all that she had and compensated for what was used while she was gone.

    Likely, our man of God has told us things we did not want to hear. I can guarantee his words were not malicious. The Lord gave him a word and he did his duty in relaying the message. It could be the Lord allowed our Pastor to see a potential outcome if we were not obedient; maybe not. Either way, I will follow the word of my Pastor.

  17. God reveals to Elisha that Hazael will not only become the king of Aram but that he will also terrorize the Israelites. This news breaks the prophets heart, yet he doesn’t argue or plead with God. Elisha understands that God has sovereign control over his people. No circumstance or event will happen to them that God does not ordain, control or allow. Unlike Elisha’s quiet acceptance of Gods will, many of us intercede with God in response to our difficulties. We may not understand why he allows certain things to happen in our lives but God sees the forest when often we only see trees. He sees the evil that is to come and how God will bring judgment. In John 13:7 Jesus replied ” You don’t understand what I’m doing right now, but one day you will” we just have to trust in the plans he has for us.

  18. “And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was ashamed: and the man of God wept.”(‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭8:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

    When we make up our minds about something, we come to a conclusion of how we feel about a situation and choose how to respond to it. Elisha could have got upset or pleaded with God to change his mind on what was to come of the Israelites at the hand of this man before him. He knew God was going to judge for wickness in Israel and inflicted towards them. He trusts God and his will.

  19. 18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab: for the daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.

    Marrying someone that believes in God the way you do is important. Otherwise, they may draw you away.

    2 Cor 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

  20. Yet the Lord would not destroy Judah for David his servant’s sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his children.

  21. 2 Kings 8:5-7 (KJV Strong’s)
    5 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life. 6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.
    7 And Elisha came to Damascus; and Benhadad the king of Syria was sick; and it was told him, saying, The man of God is come hither.

    Seven years later the woman went to the King and it just so happened that the leprous Gehazi was speaking to the king about what Elisha had done.

    What a strange coincidence right?

    Wrong. This was divine providence. This story reminds us that God is in control and he really does have our best interest in mind. Trust in him. The lady had no idea how she would get her stuff back but God came through!

  22. 2 The woman proceeded to do as the man of God said. She and her family went away and stayed in the land of the Philistines seven years.
    5 Just as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, the woman whose son Elisha had brought back to life came to appeal to the king for her house and land.

    God is not done with you yet! God is gonna use us as a living testimony! What faith this women had in the man of God and because of it she got blessings and a testimony that not only she tells but others rejoice with her! What a mighty God we serve!

  23. This chapter is so encouraging, it let’s us know that faith and obedience goes together. When our leaders tell us there are some that we need to get rid of in our lives. We don’t understand why but we have faith that God will bless us if we obey. We need to trust God always no matter what!

  24. him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.

    Restoration is a process that preserves a thing until a appointed time. You see there has been things that it seems like it been taken away but in reality it was just being help up by the process of restoration. When you get it back its will be intact and with increase.

  25. When you allow God to use you, you are able to do great things. It is absolutely important to lay aside how we feel and get in the flow of what God wants us to do.

  26. “And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The Lord hath shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.” The word of Jesus (God) identifies deception. The heart of Hazel was exposed, as such it was visible to the servant (Elisha, man of God) because of his obedience to God. One would be very wise to heed the word of a true servant (God called); whereas one would be as wise to stay away from one that is not (self or man chosen). Dear God, remove any/all deceivers that we would hear only from you and your servant. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  27. “Yet the Lord would not destroy Judah for David his servant’s sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his children.” We should all look at our actions and our lives, and ask the Lord if they please him or if they please self. Albeit if we are not obeying the word of the Lord then we already know the answer. God thank you for your mercy, and bless us with a heart of repentance, in Jesus name.

  28. Inside information

    1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the Lord hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.

    When you stay close to the man of God you get first
    Hand information from God that otherwise you would have not known. In this case it saved her from seven years of hardship. Just being in a position to hear the word of the Lord let her pass over the hardships coming her way. God wants this for us but we have to position ourselves for it.

  29. 6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.

    Obedience and faithfulness are keys to being blessed of God. The Lord kept the woman from famine and returned everything once she came back, even the fruit. The fruit of obedience is blessing.

  30. 2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.

    LISTEN!!!!

    Simple, just listen to your man of God!

  31. Evil continues to run rampant in the Kings. They continue to displease God in this. God’s patience is evident in his tolerance of their insolence. May we keep repentant hearts before him and not follow after the folly of the Kings.

  32. 1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the Lord hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.

    2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.

  33. “Elisha stared at him without looking away. He did it until Hazael felt ashamed. Then the man of God began to sob. “Why are you sobbing?” asked Hazael. “Because I know how much harm you will do to the people of Israel,” he answered. “You will set fire to their cities that have high walls around them. You will kill their young men with your sword. You will smash their little children on the ground. You will rip open their pregnant women.” Hazael said, “How could I possibly do a thing like that? I’m nothing but a dog. I don’t have that kind of power.” “You will become king of Aram,” Elisha answered. “That’s what the Lord has shown me.””
    ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭8:11-13‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    During the pause of the unspoken word God was giving revelation. 

  34. 13 And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The Lord hath shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.

    14 So he departed from Elisha, and came to his master; who said to him, What said Elisha to thee? And he answered, He told me that thou shouldest surely recover.

    15 And it came to pass on the morrow, that he took a thick cloth, and dipped it in water, and spread it on his face, so that he died: and Hazael reigned in his stead.

  35. “The king was talking with Gehazi, servant to the Holy Man, saying, “Tell me some stories of the great things Elisha did.” It so happened that as he was telling the king the story of the dead person brought back to life, the woman whose son was brought to life showed up asking for her home and farm. Gehazi said, “My master the king, this is the woman! And this is her son whom Elisha brought back to life!””
    ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭8:4-5‬ ‭MSG

    More than just luck–
    This shows God’s timing. This woman could have shown up at any time, but she happened to show up when someone was telling her testimony. She was able to complete the testimony and the king was so moved that he gave her all the land and even the substance of it from when she was gone. Oh what s blessing!

  36. 6“Is this true?” the king asked her. And she told him the story. So he directed one of his officials to see that everything she had lost was restored to her, including the value of any crops that had been harvested during her absence.

    As long as you stay obedient to the Lord, he will bless you and restore anything you lose. God is always going to keep you safe and ensure you meet your needs.

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