Monday, September 08, 2008

Elisha Sick II Kings 13

II Kings 13:14 "Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof."

Joash was now the king of Israel. He had taken the place of Jehozhaz. Johahaz did evil but later repented. Now Joash is ruler. Joash is not the same one as ruled Judah. The names get jumbled up as children are named after their ancestors. Also, sometimes the spellings have foreign influences as Israel is carried away to captivity. Just as the spellings in the New Testament are different because of the Greek influence.

While Joash was with Elisha, Elisha told him to shot arrows which he called the arrows of deliverance, then to tap the bow upon the ground. Joash smote it three times.

v19 "And the man of God was wroth with him and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice."

So Elisha died still a firm speaking prophet. Then came the Moabites invading the land. They were burying a man but saw their enemy coming and tossed the body into Elisha's tomb. The man came back to life, such was the great power that worked in Elisha.

v21 "And it came to pass as they were burying a man, that behold they spied a band of men and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet."

Hazael, king of Syria died and Benhadad reigned. Jehoash took back the cities that Syria had taken. v25..."Three times did Joash beat him, and recovered the cities of Israel."

Psalm 36:9 "For with thee, is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light."
Reference also John chapter 1.

Keywords: Elisha, Bible Study, Israel, Old Testament, Moab, Syria. Elisha dies and a man is brought back to life by his bones.

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