"But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the Lord liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him."
(2 Kings 5:20 KJV)
While there is some similarity between Gehazi taking care of Elisha as Elisha took care of Elijah and then Elisha becoming the "chief prophet," these are different men. Gehazi had seen all the things Elisha had done and he still didn't realize that Elisha was doing it because his heart was right with Our Awesome God, that God was the important ingredient, not Elisha.
What was wrong with Gehazi?
1) Gehazi was a shepherd without the heart of a shepherd. We see this in the way he acted towards the Shunamite woman who was in pain following the death of her only son and ran to meet Elisha with the problem, expecting him to come and raise him back to life. He wanted to push the woman away when she caught the feet of Elisha but Elisha intervened and stopped him. Could this kind of attitude be the reason why Gehazi couldn’t raise the son when he was given the rod by Elisha to go and pray for him? (2 Kings 4: 24-31)
2) Gehazi had no fear of God. Do you have the fear of God? (Proverbs 1: 7, 9:10, Ecclesiastes 8:12). The Bible tells not to call, use or repeat the name of the Lord in vain. But to express his strong determination to pursue something evil, Gehazi said, "as the Lord lives." (2 Kings 5: 20) God chooses His man because He knows.
3). Gehazi was dishonest. Gehazi demonstrated a serious lack of honesty on one occasion, in the matter of Naaman, the Syrian, in which Gehazi received the leprosy that Naaman had been cured of. And while Elisha was able, by means of the Holy Spirit of God, to raise the dead as Elijah had done, in the matter of the raising of the Shunammite woman's son, Gehazi was unable to do it even when given the use of Elisha's staff by Elisha himself. Our Awesome God demands more from His children than Gehazi had (a true love of God) but he was given a chance, as we all are, to improve, though God knew he wouldn't. So he could never become "chief prophet" as he wanted to be. Praise the Lord!!
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and evening (6:00 PM), and Wednesday evening (7:00 PM). After Labor Day, there is also AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. When you come, ask about the home Bible studies during the week and the Intercessory Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God! On 8/30/15 this website will have #4 Elisha's Death.
"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
(Proverbs 16:18 KJV)
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."
(Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV)
Our Awesome God says many things about human pride. What is Pride? The Daniel Webster’ Dictionary provides six definitions. Let's look at three which show what we are looking for: First, "it is the quality or state of being proud, as in inordinate self-esteem or conceit, or a reasonable or justifiable self-respect or delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship" (such as parental pride). Second, "pride is also defined as proud or disdainful behavior or treatment". A third definition is, "an ostentatious display."
Pride does many things to those who have it. But the worst thing it does is it shifts the focus from Our Awesome God to you. When pride comes in, you want all the attention on you and not on God. You really want everything to revolve around you, and you become self centered, abandoning your usual loving, Christian self.
You may condemn pride in someone else but usually there is something that will subtly cause you to become prideful. Possibly it is a job you felt you should have. It could be someone cutting in front of you in a long line. It might be a car poking a long ahead of you when you are already late. Or possibly just the injustice you may feel when someone has taken your reserved seat on an airplane or at a ball game. Are you proud of yourself for winning a game? Who made you?
Our Awesome God hates to see this happen to His people. God says, "The Lord will destroy the house of the proud..." Proverbs 15:25 KJV. Pride can creep in, and before you know it, you have forgotten all you have learned in God's Holy Bible. Don't let it take you over. The focus and reason for everything is God, who deserves all the praise, not us, for He creates and we do not. Keep your focus on Our Awesome God! Pride keeps you from admitting God did it through me. Not just me.
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship Service then again at 6:00 PM for Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we love visitors.
Flo & Bill