A cool story about Elisha and the Syrians

I was reading last night and came across this story. The Bible is full of cool stories, but you can find them all one by one by starting at the beginning and going through. I haven’t done this yet, instead reading my favourite parts (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and the books of Kings and Samuel) a few times 😀

So I am in 2 Kings at the moment, and chapter six has a cool story about Elisha the prophet.

What was happening was the king of Syria wanted a war against Israel, but Elisha kept telling Israel’s king where the Syrians were camping. When the king of Syria heard about this of course he wanted to get rid of Elisha.  “You men go and see where he is, that I may send and take him,” the Syrian king commands.

The report is made to him that Elisha is in Do’than.

“Immediately he sent horses and war chariots and a heavy military force there; and they proceeded to come by night and to close in upon the city.”

When Elisha’s attendant got up early the next morning, he saw the army with all their horses and war chariots surrounding the city. He says to Elisha “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”

Elisha replies “Do not be afraid, for there are more who are with us than those who are with them.”

Elisha didn’t have a big army with more horses and war chariots than the Syrians, capable of crushing them. He wasn’t an army leader or anything like that. From the stories, I gather he was mostly a solitary man. So what’s this he’s talking about? Where’s the army?

The attendant can’t see an army. Elisha prays “O Jehovah, open his eyes, please, that he may see.”  Then, “Immediately, Jehovah opened the attendant’s eyes, so that he saw; and, look! the mountainous region was full of horses and war chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

Isn’t that awesome? Jehovah’s limitless ability to protect his people. Not many people today see chariots of fire, that I know of, but Jehovah’s power is the same. Just pray to him for help, strength, courage, anything you need, in Jesus’ name, and you will have it – if it is in God’s will. So it is a nice thing to add to prayers “if it be your will, Jehovah.”

As Jesus prayed before being impaled “not my will, but yours.”

Some of us will die for our faith. These special people have a special reward. Not only did they remain faithful until death, they died because they were faithful. It’s different.

These ones, in the Bible described as “executed with the axe” rule as kings.

Anyway. The rest of the story about Elisha and the Syrians is awesome too, but I’ll post it later. See you later, then 🙂

– Tarina, Paradise Artist

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