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Sunday, March 27, 2016

March 27 - 2 Kings 4

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Kings 4. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • "my two boys as his slaves" (verse 1) - Back then, servitude to pay back debt was common.
  • The Shunammite woman demonstrates faith in how she treats Elisha (verses 8-13) and also through how she turns to God in the midst of her grief when he son dies (verses 14-37).
  • "wild vine" (verse 39) - We don't know what it was, but somehow the type of plant that was used poisoned the stew. The flour (verse 41) probably didn't itself counteract the poison and make the stew edible, but instead was likely just the means God used to do a miracle. Perhaps he knew that the people would need to see something physical happen to believe that God did something supernatural.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Some people paint a picture of God, especially God as we meet Him in the Old Testament, as uncaring or harsh. But throughout this chapter we see God acting in compassion and tenderly meeting people's needs.
  • It's also cool that God chooses to show compassion and meet needs through a person, in this case, Elisha. Throughout the Bible we see that God loves to do amazing things through His people.
  • One thing we don't know is why God sometimes chooses to a miracle (heal a sick or, in the case of this chapter, dead child) or not do a miracle (let a child remain sick or even die). We do know, however, that God is love and that He loves us and that we can trust Him.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • When you're going through a rough time, do you assume that God is compassionate towards your plight and always has your best interest in mind? He does.
    • How do you need to apply that truth right now?
  • When others are going through a rough time, do you assume that God wants to use you to demonstrate His compassion towards them and meet their needs? He does.
    • How do you need to apply that truth right now?