If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: 2 Kings 6, 1 Timothy 3, Daniel 10, Psalm 119:1–24. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can’t do all the readings today, read 2 Kings 6.
The contrast between Elisha and the king of Israel in this chapter is stark. In verses 1-7 we saw that Elisha’s ministry was thriving. Not only was God doing many miracles through Elisha, but he was training a group of prophets and there grew to be so many of them that they had to build a new building to house all the men who wanted to study God’s law to become prophets.
Meanwhile, the Arameans attacked Israel periodically but the king of Israel always seemed to be one step ahead of them (vv. 8-10). It got to be so bad that the king of Aram believed he had a traitor in his kingdom (v. 11) but who needs espionage when you have God’s revelation telling you what to expect and how to respond (v. 12). When the king of Aram had enough and went to capture Elisha, God did another miracle to protect him and deliver the Aramean army into Israel’s hands (vv. 13-20). Yet, instead of killing the men in the army, Elisha commanded the king of Israel to show grace and mercy to them (vv. 22-23); the result was that they stopped attacking Israel altogether for a season (v. 23b).
Despite all that God did through Elisha, the king of Israel and the people of Israel remained in their unbelief and lived wicked, idolatrous lives, so God allowed the Arameans to revive their attack on Israel (v. 24). They trapped the king and the people of his capital in the capital city of Samaria and things got so bad that people did brutal, unnatural things just to stay alive (vv. 25-30). Although the king gave lip service to needing God’s intervention (v. 27), he held Elisha responsible for the siege (vv. 31-32). The story continued into tomorrow’s chapter, but I am struck by how quickly we forget the Lord’s goodness to us. The king had benefitted from God’s revelation through Elisha again and again. However, when things got hard for him, he did not turn to the Lord in repentance and asking for help; instead, he intended to kill Elisha who was merely God’s spokesman. Be careful, therefore, about blaming the Lord or his word when tough times come into your life; remember instead all the good things he has done and continues to do for you. Then ask him in faith for help.
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we’ll talk scripture again tomorrow.