July 6 – 2 Kings 1-4

Sometimes when I read, there just isn’t much else to say about the chapters.  I have decided that rather than leave those days un-posted, I would post questions to ponder instead.

1. God had supported Elijah’s ministry from the start. Why was it important for Elisha to see the fiery chariot?

2. Did God take anyone else to heaven without the person dying?  (Genesis 5:18-24, and Hebrews 11:5 might offer a clue).

3. Whose faith did God reward by bringing the Shunem woman’s son back to life?

4. Does God reward our faith today? Explain –

Until next time – Happy Studying

Sandra

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2 Responses to July 6 – 2 Kings 1-4

  1. Jack Bass says:

    Hi Sandra could it be that it was a way for God to show Elisha that God had granted his request of a double portion Elijah’s spirit. He
    obviously didn’t have the confidence that he needed to take over Elijah’s job. This super natural vision was a way to give him the confidence he needed.

    Enoch was the other one. I though Stephen also but Marian got me straightened out that he was stoned to death and then his spirit was taken.

    The Shunammite woman and her husband I would suspect.

    I found this scripture concerning giving and Gods blessings. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
    “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”

    Chapter 1 shows us as King David is growing old and feeble he is chastised for his former sins. They tried all they could to get him more alert and provided him with a young beautiful woman to warm his bed but that didn’t even work. He was still a tired old man who was going to die. Adonijah another son of David’s claimed the throne but David got wind of what was going on and proclaimed his youngest son Solomon as King. Adonijah feared for his life after his deceit but King Solomon told him as long as he was a worthy man he would not harm a hair on his head. I am reasonably sure that we will hear more of this as we read on. Chapter 2 Now David knowing he was dying told Solomon what to do and what not to do in his reign as KIng. He told him to always follow the Lord in all that he did. he told Solomon that if he followed the Lord that God had told him there would always be someone from his family line on the throne.Chapter 3 in verses 7,8,and 9 God was pleased with Solomons prayer where all he asked for was wisdom to be able to lead his people. God told him not only would he honor Solomons prayer but would also give him wealth and honor. Chapter 4 verses 1-6 gives and accounting of Solomons officials who were in charge of all that was assigned to them. Solomon was very wise in picking the right people for the right job. He knew and was unafraid to delegate responsibility to others. A wise leader does not try to do it all by themselves. Verses 20-21 tells us how Israel and Judah under Solomon’s reign was very prosperous and had plenty. We know that God gave Solomon great wisdom and much wealth and in his glory years he ruled with honesty and followed God in all ways but as we know later on he failed to use his wisdom and fell away from his devotion and worship of God. In Christ, Jack.

    Father God allow me enough wisdom that I might always follow you in all I do and say. It is so easy to stray and when one does it is hard to come back under your protection. You are a loving God but you are also a jealous God and a just God. I want to always have your love in my heart. I seek blessings on my church as well as for or missionaries around the world. Amen.

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    • Sandra Perdew says:

      Good answers, Jack. Here are my answers to those questions –

      1. God had supported Elijah’s ministry from the start. Why was it important for Elisha to see the fiery chariot? – Because as Jack stated in his comment. This gave Elisha confirmation that he would be granted what he asked for from Elijah. Elijah, knew it was not his to give to Elisha. but, knew that if it was the will of God for Elisha to receive a double portion of the spirit of Elijah, that God would grant it and that God would allow it to be known just as Elijah had stated.

      2. Did God take anyone else to heaven without the person dying? (Genesis 5:18-24, and Hebrews 11:5 might offer a clue). God took Enoch away…

      3. Whose faith did God reward by bringing the Shunem woman’s son back to life? – The faith of the Shunemite woman was rewarded.

      4. Does God reward our faith today? Explain – You bet. He rewards it both on the positive side when we have it… and there are times He rewards it on a negative side – when we don’t have it. It is our love for God exhibited by our faith in God that is a huge motivator for God to work in each of our lives! Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain o what we do not see”!

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