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Meditation on 2 Kings 8

Posted by Adam Graham on August 10, 2006

Elisha warned the woman, whose son he had raised, of a famine that would come on the land for seven years. She was able to escape the famine. She returned to find her house and her land gone. But, the Lord had remembered her kindness and was already moving on her behalf. King Jehoram was talking to Elisha’s leprous former servant Gehazzi when she came to plead for her land:

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.” V. 6

This was the power of her testimony, because she had lived the life of a giver, opening her heart and home to God and His Servants, God continued to bless and take care of her.

The next section has Hazael, a servant of the King of Syria coming to visit Elisha to ask whether the King would recover:

And Elisha said unto him, “Go, say unto him, `Thou mayest certainly recover’. However the LORD hath shown me that he shall surely die.”

And he fixed his countenance steadfastly until Hazael was ashamed; and the man of God wept.

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 strongholds 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.”

And Hazael said, “But what, is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing?” And Elisha answered, “The LORD hath shown me that thou shalt be king over Syria.” vs. 10-13

Hazael returned and killed his master and became king. The sad lot of a prophet is that not all the news is good news or what you’d like to deliver. You don’t just see the sunny side of life, but the dark foreboding of the pain that sin will bring your land.

Prophets weep. It comes with the job.

The chapter ends describing the rise and reigns of two kings of Judah, Joram and Ahaziah. Both did wickedly and were influenced by the house of Ahab due to their father, Jehoshaphat’s decision to intermarry with that house. It led a whole nation astray.

Sadly, of all Jehoshaphat’s works of faith and righteousness, his compromise with sin led his nation to ruin. He sought peace, peace at the price of holiness, in that he joined himself in alliance to King Ahab, despite Ahab’s persecution of the Lord’s prophets and the wickedness of Queen Jezebel.

New Testament Christians are commanded in 2. Corinthians 6:14 not to be “unevenly yoked” with unbelievers. While we may at times work with unbelievers, the danger when we join ourselves to them in marriage or any other permanent venture is that with different values, they will lead us on the road to compromise.

In the case of Jehoshaphat, his children and his nation were led to the point of ruin because of his folly and his compromise with sin.

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