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“May you and I check our motives before we say or do anything.” <>< Dona 05/21/20

Please read II Kings 1 through 5.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In II Kings 1 Ahaziah, king of Israel, injured himself and wanted to know if he would recover. Three times, he sent one of his captains with a company of men to get Elijah, the prophet.  The first two groups were consumed by fire.  The third captain and his company of men came to where Elijah was.  But this captain responded differently to Elijah.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You knew the heart of each captain.

Something to think about

The third captain immediately fell on his knees before Elijah and begged for mercy.  So Elijah went with this captain to see the king. (F.Y.I. Elijah probably knew the other two captains were not being sincere when they referred to Elijah as a man of God but the third was.)

Something to experience

Our lives need to be lived with a right attitude toward God.  Before religious words come from our mouth, we need to make sure they are from our heart. We need to let respect, humility and servanthood characterize our attitude toward both God and others.  

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In II Kings 2 before Elijah was taken up to heaven, Elisha asked if he could inherit a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, all we need is a sincere heart request to receive from You.

Something to think about

My Bible notes – God granted Elisha’s request because he was not seeking to be better or more powerful than Elijah. But he wanted to accomplish more for God.

Something to experience

If our motives are pure we too can ask and receive great things from God.  To have the Holy Spirit’s help we must be willing to ask though.

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In II Kings 4 four miracles are recorded. (1) Elisha provided a job for a poverty stricken widow (verses 1-7); (2) Elisha raised a dead boy to life (verses 32-37); (3) Elisha purified poisonous food (verses 38-41); and (4) Elisha provided food for 100 men (verses 42-44).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You showed Your faithfulness to those who were faithful to You.

Something to think about

The four miracles mentioned above demonstrated God’s tenderness and care for those who were faithful to Him.

Something to experience

God is a good God.  But He is also a just God.  God provides for those who love Him.  But at the same time justice is required for those who are rebellious and unrepentant.

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In II Kings 5 a little Israelite girl was taken captive by Arameans and made to be a servant of Naaman’s wife.  Naaman, who was a commander of the army of the king of Aram, had leprosy.  The little servant girl showed concern for her master. She suggested that Naaman could be cured by a prophet who was in Samaria.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, this little girl, though she was a servant, had compassion for her master.

Something to think about

Naaman had leprosy, a very serious disease.  Some forms were extremely contagious and in many cases incurable. The little girl’s message brought healing and faith in God to a powerful Aramean captain.

Something to experience

God had placed the little girl there for a purpose and she was faithful.  Where has God placed us?  No matter how humble or small our position, God can use us to spread His Word. 

“You and I need to look for opportunities to tell others what God can do.” <>< Dona