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April 25 - Morning

"The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha,
'Your servant my husband is dead, and
you know that he revered the Lord.
But now his creditor is coming to
take my two boys as his slaves.'

Elisha replied to her,
'How can I help you?
Tell me, what do you have in your house?'

'Your servant has nothing there at all,'
she said,
'except a small jar of olive oil.'

Elisha said,
'Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.'

She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son,
'Bring me another one.'

But he replied,
'There is not a jar left.'
Then the oil stopped flowing.

She went and told the man of God, and he said,
'Go, sell the oil and pay your debts.
You and your sons can live on what is left.'

- Second Kings 4:1-7

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Elisha Saves the Widows Son from Serving as Debt-slaves    

Elisha had manifest his anointing and authority to the company of prophets, the Baal worshipping youth at Bethel, and kings (Israel, Judah, Edom). He will further demonstrate his position as a prophet of the powerful YHWH, the God of Israel, to many people including foreign kings and generals.

Elisha is also called upon by local people including a woman whose deceased husband was one of the prophets in the prophetic community. She and her sons were destitute and in debt. Indebtedness could result in the debtor losing property, home, land and even freedom. In the case of this woman, her sons could be confiscated as slaves to the man collecting the debt. The Law of Moses had laws to regulate this institution (Exodus 21:2-11; Deuteronomy 15:12-18), but as the culture in Israel became more corrupt and followed pagan philosophies this institution became very oppressive. The prophets often wrote against the social violence and oppression of the rich who abused the poor (Amos 2:6;
8:6; Isaiah 50:1; Nehemiah 5:4-5).

The woman knew to come to Elisha for advice and, hopefully, for help. Elisha, like Elijah before him, not only dealt with kingly matters and issues of national importance, but also ministered to and miraculously assisted the lowest of society and the common man with the common problem.

Elisha’s answer for the woman was to use what she had (the oil) and with the assistance of her neighbors (collect empty jars) God would multiply their provision to fill the number of jars they had collected. The multiplied oil could then be sold to pay the family’s debt and save the boys from the life of serving as debt-slaves.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“There are not two realities, but only one reality, and that is the reality of God, which has become manifest in Christ in the reality
of the world.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Something to Ponder??

We are ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor.5:20; Eph.6:20)
Ambassadors do not appoint themselves. We are appointed by Christ.
Ambassadors do not support themselves. God supplies all our needs (Ep.1:3; Phil.4:19)
Ambassadors are not citizens of the country they serve. Our citizenship is in heaven (Phi.3:20)
Ambassadors have instructions in written form. We have the Bible (2 Tm.3:6)
Ambassadors cannot take insults personally, because we are merely representatives of the country and king being insulted. (Jn.15:19-21)
Ambassadors do not enter a country to profit themselves (2 Cor.5:15)
Ambassadors represent and reflect the one who sent
them by what they say
and what they do.
(Jn.13:35; 17:18-3; 20:21)
Ambassador’s perspective is service and their prospect is reward. (Mt.5:12:2 Jn.8; Rev.22:12)
Ambassadors is recalled when war is declared.
(2 Thes.2:1-12)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Zahab (Hb) – Gold (Eng) – zahab is the Hebrew word for “gold.” Zahab refers to the metal “gold” and, also, to the color “golden.” Zahab is used 387x including 88x in Exodus, 41x in 2 Chronicles,
33x in 1 Kings, 23x in Numbers, 11x in Isaiah. The last time Zahab is used in the Old Testament
is its one use in Malachi in verse 3:3 where it says the Lord “will sit as a smelter and
purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver,
so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness.”

  A coin (photo here) from 1000 BC with an image of a man with long hair fighting a lion was found during excavation at Beth Shemesh in 2012 beside the Sorek Valley which was the border between Judah and Philistia. The Philistine side was littered with bones of pigs that had been eaten, while the Jewish side of the river had none. This coin proves that the story of Samson existed during the time of Judges (1100-1050 BC) and was not merely a fable created while the Jews where in Babylonian captivity (586-538 BC) as many "scholars" claim.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
The Lord is concerned about personal and family problems and concerns.
Since God is able and willing to assist with both national and personal concerns,
I will go to him with these requests.
I will also be prepared to accept unique resolutions that may require both action and faith on my part.
  "Like apples of gold in
settings of silver
    is a ruling rightly given."

- Proverbs 25:11
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Joshua 12 Second Samuel 23 First Chronicles 3-4
Prayer for Today
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Compassion for the world


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Mud bricks at Jericho

Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

A general outline of Ephesians 4:20-25.

Mud bricks at Jericho.
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