2 Kings Chapter 13

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2 Kings 13

1 In the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah king of Judah Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen years.

2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.

3 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael, all their days.

4 And Jehoahaz besought the Lord, and the Lord hearkened unto him: for he saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria oppressed them.

5 (And the Lord gave Israel a saviour, so that they went out from under the hand of the Syrians: and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents, as beforetime.

6 Nevertheless they departed not from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who made Israel sin, but walked therein: and there remained the grove also in Samaria.)

7 Neither did he leave of the people to Jehoahaz but fifty horsemen, and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen; for the king of Syria had destroyed them, and had made them like the dust by threshing.

8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all that he did, and his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

9 And Jehoahaz slept with his fathers; and they buried him in Samaria: and Joash his son reigned in his stead.

10 In the thirty and seventh year of Joash king of Judah began Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned sixteen years.

11 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord; he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin: but he walked therein.

12 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, and his might wherewith he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

13 And Joash slept with his fathers; and Jeroboam sat upon his throne: and Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.

14 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.

15 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows.

16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king’s hands.

17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.

18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.

19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

20 And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.

21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.

22 But Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz.

23 And the Lord was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.

24 So Hazael king of Syria died; and Benhadad his son reigned in his stead.

25 And Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again out of the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael the cities, which he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz his father by war. Three times did Joash beat him, and recovered the cities of Israel.

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  1. Verse 23 AMP “But the Lord was gracious to them and had compassion on them and turned toward them for the sake of [c]His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and He was unwilling to destroy them, and did not cast them from His presence until now.” Same verse in MSG “But God was gracious and showed mercy to them. He stuck with them out of respect for his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He never gave up on them, never even considered discarding them, even to this day. God’s grace and mercy is so great; thank you Jesus. The Lord respected his covenant and we must do the same. We must never give up and keep on GROWing.

  2. 18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.

    19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

    Obedience to your man of God can mean more than just victory for you. It can pave the way for your family and friends to see deliverance and victory in the name of JESUS as well. The man of God hears from the LORD. When you decide you’re going to not obey and go do your own thing instead, you are guaranteed to reap grave consequences in the future, usually impacting generations to come. Nothing affects just you.

  3. 19 But the man of God was angry with him. “You should have struck the ground five or six times!” he exclaimed. “Then you would have beaten Aram until it was entirely destroyed. Now you will be victorious only three times.” (NLT)

    Too many times we settle for just a momentary victory, a brief knockout, when God wants to give us complete authority.

  4. 19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.
    When given the opportunity to defeat our enemy we must not hold back! We must attack and defeat our enemy so it can’t rise up again! Bro. Shatwell preached about this at The Apostolic Conference and reminded us that victory goes to those who are violent and passionate about God. Let’s not smote the ground 3 times, let’s do it over and over again!

  5. 21. Once when some Israelites were burying a man, they spied a band of these raiders. So they hastily threw the corpse into the tomb of Elisha and fled. But as soon as the body touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man revived and jumped to his feet! NLT

    Over my dead body…

    Elisha’s promise of a double portion was finally fulfilled after his death. Notice he wasn’t lying on his deathbed crying over what he thought should have happened, but he was still delivering God’s messages.

    Don’t give up and quit because it doesn’t look like your promise is getting fulfilled, but keep the faith, do what you know to do, and leave the rest up to God. After all, Elisha’s death giving someone else life made him more like Christ.

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    Obedience should be enthusiastic
    Even when the direction of history is most uncertain we can remain confident God is in control.

    THE CHARIOTS AND HORSEMAN OF ISRAEL
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    Even the wicked King Jehoash wept at the death of Elisha but only because he was a national resource the equivalent of a chariot army. yet even the cries shows a lack of faith. Elisha died. But God lived. The revival of a corpse that touched the prophets body showed the vivifying power of God was not limited by the death of the prophet, Lets not make the mistakes of trusting in Gods ministers and not in God.

  7. 17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.

    18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.

    19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

    Why do we as men always limit God by doing just enough or just what we can do and fail to think of how much more God is capable of doing for us. He should of kept striking the ground until his arm got tired. For this same reason we fall short of so many blessings.

    Nun 11:23 And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.

    Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

    That’s why I am determined to walk by faith and not by sight. Dr can continue to speak negative but I know my God can do it ALL. Yes, I will continue treatment but nothing they say can get me down for my God is a God of making the impossible POSSIBLE!!!!
    So keep striking the ground and never ever give up!!!!! Thank you Jesus for we Know you ARE A MIRACLE WORKING GOD!!!!

  8. Don’t miss a lick

    18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.

    19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

    I know this is a well known and preached scripture but somethings just need to be said again. When The deliverance of our enemy is promised to us we shouldn’t give him any slack. Staying on the enemies heals driving him out constantly is the only way to make sure he doesn’t sneak back in. We are blessed to have a Pastor and his Wife that stay on the heals of the enemy. When we are given instructions from them of how to overcome we shouldn’t (miss a lick), it should be word for word and step for step, because in our obedience we will see the kingdom come in our lives.

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    “But the man of God was angry with him. “You should have struck the ground five or six times!” he exclaimed. “Then you would have beaten Aram until it was entirely destroyed. Now you will be victorious only three times.””
    ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭13:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    As we see here, our actions, obedience, and extremism is what brings us the victory. Our level of passion can totally destroy an Adversary or our lack passion will determine the outcome as well. This is why it’s good to get fired up in the prayer room before service.

  10. Your actions relay the outcome.

    18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.
    19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

    Of the king were to hit the ground more. They would have overtaken their enemy. Yet because he only did it three times, that’s how many times they would win. Actions speak louder than words.

  11. arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.
    19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

  12. THE HIDDEN MESSAGE

    15 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows.
    16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king’s hands.
    17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.
    18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.
    19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

    Elisha on his death bed was still engaged in teaching and training. As I progress in age, I find myself searching for and seeking after younger men that are willing to make strides for the Kingdom of GOD. Consider the encounter with Elisha.

    1. Elisha offered hands on training in shooting the arrow. (What he was able to do)
    2. Elisha instructed in the next step of smiting the ground. (What he was unable to do)
    3. Elisha made available, hands on heart felt training, but Joash missed THE HIDDEN MESSAGE.

    THE HIDDEN MESSAGE was PASSION and PERSEVERANCE will conquer. The man of GOD was wroth with Joash because he missed THE HIDDEN MESSAGE.

    Some things are taught while others are caught.

    Be careful to not miss THE HIDDEN MESSAGE that cannot be TAUGHT only CAUGHT.

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  13. 23 And the Lord was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.

    The covenant is not is vain! The covenant will get the Lord to see how faithful and obedient we will be in the little things. God is not impressed by us just signing the covenant but impressed by our actions. The Lord knows our heart and is testing us to see if we truly are loyal and trusting completely in Him. Everyone has a need in their life, a need and a void that can only be filled by Jesus. Don’t destroy the great big blessing that God has over you just because of disobedience. I pray that He would let me see how He sees when going through a trial because that trial might save someone. Let’s have our eyes on the Lord and obey!!! So simple….

  14. 18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.

    19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

    Don’t underestimate the power of God to deliver you from the attacks of the enemy, there is no limit to what God can do in our lives, the bible says if we believe him then God can move mountains in our lives. But our own believe can often be the limitation of God moving in our lives. Don’t hold back claim the victory that God has already given you in your life before it has even happened! Don’t wait until after it happens to give God glory for it, give him the praise and honor he deserves right now.

  15. 14 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.

    15 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows.

    16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king’s hands.

    17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.

    18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.

    19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

    20 And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.

  16. 17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.

    18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.

    19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

    When the man of God or God himself tells you do something do it with all your might !

  17. Even if we purposefully sin, the Lord is still our savior. We have read many times the anger of the Lord was kindled against certain people – over and over again. God promised us a way out; while he said he would never put on us more than we can bear – what we put on ourselves can be too much. We need to be careful what habits we create for ourselves. We can dig ourselves a hole that we cannot find our way out of. As Pastor preached when we find ourselves in a hole; stop digging!

  18. 23 And the Lord was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.

  19. 23 And the Lord was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.

    The promises of the Lord are sure and when we are in a battle, we need to remember his word. He will not forsake us, but will be with us even to the end of the world. God was not at all pleased with the sins of the people, yet for the sake of his word-as well as promises to King David, he had compassion on them. Thank God for 2nd chances!

  20. 2 Kings 13:22-23 (NLT)
    22) King Hazael of Aram had oppressed Israel during the entire reign of King Jehoahaz.
    23) But the LORD was gracious and merciful to the people of Israel, and they were not totally destroyed. He pitted them because of his covenant with Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. And to this day he still has not completely destroyed them or banished them from his presence.

    OH, the GRACE and MERCY of God !!
    “No, God has not rejected his own people, whom he chose from the very beginning…” (Rom. 11:2 – NLT)
    “… Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say, ‘The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness. And this is my covenant with them, that I will take away their sins.’ Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News, and this benefits you Gentiles. Yet they are still the people he loves because he chose their ancestors Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.” (Rom. 11:25-28 -NLT)

    Pray for Israel everyday. “BRETHREN, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” Romans 10:1

  21. “But they continued to sin, following the evil example of Jeroboam. They also allowed the Asherah pole in Samaria to remain standing.”
    ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭13:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    There are people who look to us to set a good example, to show Gods love at all times and if we as Christians are not doing that, they will take notice and think that it’s okay to live in that kind of sin. Not only do we have to set an example to the people out in the world but there are people in our church who could be struggling with a certain sin and if they see a leader doing that same thing they are struggling with what wil they think? Lord I pray that you would help me be a leader and to set a good example. That if there are others that look to me, I will show them you!

  22. Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.

    15 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows.

    16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king’s hands.

    17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.

    18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.

    19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

    The word tells us here that this king did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and God was wroth with Israel. Then he finally notices that they had a man of God is Israel. A small obedience to the words of the man of God granted some victories. Yes he didnt catch the full passion of the man of God he did not know his ways as he was not close. My thought is that the king of Israel could have had many more victories and avoided so much loss if a relationship with the man of God was there. Je would have caught on to the vision and the passion and zeal for the things of God that they would have obeyed and the Lord would haved commanded blessing. Im reminded of David how he kept the prophets close and listened and took the rebule when it was his fault and humbled himself before God. We should not be so quick to shut off the voice of the man of God in your life for they are God chosen to see and hear what does sayest the Lord for you. And yes God wants everyone to have a personal relationship with Him but how can one get one if we dont take the example of a man of God to show us how.

  23. “17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.
    18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.
    19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.”

    Obedience will lead to victory ! Just because a situation may same that it can be easily fought and won with your physical eyes, without obeying the voice of God can lead to failure. Many times we try to take matters in our own hands, but when one humbles thyself in obedience to God’s voice … The outcome is much sweeter! Thank God for always be faithful and giving direction to all the right places!

  24. 19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

    20 And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.

    21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.

  25. Verse 5
    Then the Lord gave Israel a deliverer, so that they escaped from under the hand of the Syrians; and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents as before. Verse 6
    Nevertheless they did not depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who had made Israel sin, but walked in them; and the wooden image also remained in Samaria.

    Jehoahaz was a worshiper of Asherea, a canaanite goddess. God delivered him, not because He was pleased with Jehoahaz, but because of His promise to Jehu (2Kin10:30)

    There are times in our life where God delivere us from things not because He is please with our actions, but because He has a promise to the pofw. But yet sometimes we continue to walk in sin or against what the man of God.

  26.  And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.

    23 And the Lord was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.

    Thankful to seve a faithful and gracious God!

  27. 23 And the Lord was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.

    The Lord will fulfill His word and keep His promises no matter what.

  28. 2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.

    Because of one man’s sin the entire nation was made to sin. What are we as men teaching our children?

  29. 2 But he did what was evil in the Lord’s sight. He followed the example of Jeroboam son of Nebat, continuing the sins that Jeroboam had led Israel to commit.NLT

    When we commit a sin we dont just need to ask for forgiveness but completely turn away from it!!

  30. 2 Kings 13:22-23 (GNT with Deuterocanon)
    War between Israel and Syria
    22 King Hazael of Syria oppressed the Israelites during all of Jehoahaz’ reign, 23 but the Lord was kind and merciful to them. He would not let them be destroyed, but helped them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He has never forgotten his people.

    With Abraham he promised he would make him the Father of many nations. Isaac was used to redig his father’s wells, and carry on the legacy. Jacob was chosen by God and his name was changed to Israel. The covenant was so strong with these three men that the Lord consistently referred back to his promise time and again. God will always keep his promise.

    When life seems challenging and things are falling apart remember that it’s not over, it’s not ending, it’s only the beginning. When God is in it all things are new.

    He won’t forget us because vs 23 says that God has never forgotten his people.

  31. “And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael, all their days.” The word of Jesus (God) provides revelation. One that is confused or wonders why the way (actions) of the king are emphasized, needs a revelation from God (Judge). America needs Jesus back in the homes, schools, businesses, offices, and sadly even some churches; however this will require prayer. Dear God, help us too truly see so that we would truly seek you, and so that our children may also experience freedom. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  32. “And the Lord was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.” The word ‘yet’ can be good; whereas on the other hand it can also be not good. The Lord has provided instructions through his word, which we can either obey or disobey; however we should also be mindful of ‘yet’. God help us do what is right so that we would look forward to ‘yet’, in Jesus name.

  33. 23 And the Lord was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.

    Don’t run the race yourself allow the LORD to lead your steps! The LORD will fufill his word and he will keep his promises. When we try to run the race ourselves or make our own choices without the LORD being it in or without us getting the approval from the LORD or seeing what the LORD has to say about the situation we often end up in a race of problems and situations that could of been avoided.

  34. 21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.

    Even in death, Elisha was doing miracles. The anointing that was upon him was so deep in him, all the way to his bones. This is how we should carry the anointing, all the way to our bones.

    Jeremiah 20:9New International Version (NIV)
    But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,”his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.

    FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES! Give me the Holy Ghost fire like Elisha, shut up in my bones.

  35. God will give you the power to overcome whatever the enemy tries to throw at you. If we stay persistent and determined, our outcome will bw victorious.

  36. Despite all appearances, Elisha’s bones don’t actually raise a man from the dead. Only God has the power to defeat death, although he has allowed his servants to restore life on his behalf (2Ki 4:8-37). The bones inside of Elisha’s tomb are lifeless but the the God he served is not. This miracle provides a tangible and astonishing sign that the God Elisha served is still living and working among his people. In Acts 19:12 extraordinary miracles God did through Paul also like through handkerchiefs and aprons that he touched healed the sick and evil spirits left them. It’s not the object that holds the miraculous power but the God of glory who brings the miraculous to life.

  37. 25 And Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again out of the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael the cities, which he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz his father by war. Three times did Joash beat him, and recovered the cities of Israel.

    The Lord had mercy and helped Jehoash recover the cities of Israel. The Lord Is in control he knows what’s on the heart.

  38. You don’t have to be physically present in order for God to use you for His glory. Miracles were performed after Elisha died…if you can use anything Lord you can use me, through my life and my death use me for your glory.

  39. 18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.

    19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

    When God give us something to do, we should do it with all our might. Even “go the extra mile”.

  40. 16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king’s hands.

    17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.

    18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.

    19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

    Don’t settle for partial victory when you can have complete victory. The king smote the ground 3 times and stayed when he could have smote it numerous amount of time. We must get out of our comfort zone and pursue victory in all areas of our lives.

  41. And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.

    21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.

    We all must die daily and in our death we gain the responsibility partner with the King of Kings to revive others.

    Long story short, when we wake up and kill our flesh we gain the opportunity to give life to others. For example if you deal with the spirit of anger and you wake up every morning spend time with God and surrender to Him; when things that would normally make you angry doesn’t those around you will gain life because instead of getting angry you give a soft answer.

    Proverbs 15: 1
    A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

  42. “And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them. And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed. And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.”
    ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭13:17-19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Actions speak louder than words. There can be a couple of things that we can glean from this portion of the text, either his mind really did not want him out of that situation so he was just being obedient or he did not truly trust the man of God

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