"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."
(2 Kings 13:14 KJV)
Most of us know Elijah and his works better than Elisha but Elisha, the prophet, was dying of a terminal illness and King Joash (also called Jehoash), who did "evil in the sight of Lord" (2 Kings 13:11), came down to see him and cry over him. Notice that the Holy Bible never says that they ever met before this but the king was worshipping "other gods". So, was Joash crying over Elisha's coming death or was he crying because he would no longer have someone to get Israel out of trouble? Elisha had the king shoot arrows and strike them on the floor before he prophecied the future for King Joash (2 Kings 13:19). Then it says Elisha died and was buried.
Our Awesome God also says they were burying another man when a band of Moabites attacked. So the people in the funeral let the body of the dead man down onto the bones of Elisha where he revived "and stood up on his feet" (2 Kings 13:21). Can you imagine the shock of the funeral party when they saw the dead man run by. Even after he died Elisha performed one more miracle.
Elisha’s words to Joash may have been spoken in a weak and faltering voice. But the resurrection of that corpse spoke volumes to Joash and the people of Israel about the power of God through His prophet. It assures us that what Our Awesome God says, He will do.
If all that was true of Elisha and the unnamed corpse, how much more true is it of our Lord Himself, who died, was buried, and who was raised from the dead on the third day. How seriously would we take the words of our Lord if His body were still in the tomb? But His bones were not there the next morning after He died on the cross, for He conquered death. He is alive and willing to help us. Jesus Christ is our salvation! Our Awesome God will do what He says He will do! Read and learn God's Holy Bible so you know Him and the things to come in the Book of Revelation.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV). Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children (September through May) who go until 7:30 PM There is more during the week, especially Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions."
(Daniel 6:16-19 KJV)
Read all of chapter 6 of Daniel. The story of Daniel in the Lion's Den is usually seen as a story that shows Daniel's love and obedience to Our Awesome God, even with the threat of death. Or it is used to show what God can do. Both renditions are true but, like most stories in the Bible, there are other applications to this story.
What happened to King Darius? He was tricked, possibly because of his pride, by advisors (princes), who were jealous of Daniel. Tricked into signing a decree that would send a person to his death (Daniel 6:6-9). Darius thought highly of Daniel (Daniel 6:2-3) and had been considering making him in charge of the realm over the princes and presidents. This, of course, is what made the same princes and presidents decide to have Darius kill Daniel legally.
It was an effective plan but it was evil and against Our Awesome God's purposes so it didn't thrive. In verses 6:13-14 of Daniel, King Darius realizes that he has signed a paper to kill a man whom he likes, is his best advisor, and is loyal to him. He immediately starts looking for a way around this decree but cannot find one. (His pride in being worshipped has consequences.) The presidents and princes almost gloat aloud to the king in verse 15 which later results in their own death warrant from the King Darius.
Then King Darius turns to Our Awesome God. The king, returns to his palace after putting Daniel in with the lions, stays awake all night and fasts for Daniel. When Daniel walks out unharmed, King Darius proclaims to his world that Daniel's God is a true and living God (Daniel 6:23-25). Thus God's power and love is shown to the largest empire of the world at that time. Read your Bible and see what you can find!
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour while AWANA for children meets until 7:30 PM and there is more during the week. We love visitors and would welcome you to God's House!
Flo & Bill