Bible Study on the Prophet Elisha
2 Kings 6: Open my eyes...
by I Gordon
 ↩ Aram is modern day Syria... wars then, threats of wars now. Clearly, until the Lord returns, there is nothing new under the sun.
 ↩ A few years ago, after the devastating tsunami in the Indian ocean that killed over 200,000 people, there was talk of installing an early warning system that would alert the people in the area, and the world at large, of any potential life threatening tsunami well before it struck the coastline. Sounds like a good plan. Well, Elisha was Israel's early warning system. After hearing from God, Elisha would correctly and consistently warn of a pending attack while the enemy was still hatching the plan! Isn't it great that God knows all and is always one step ahead?
 ↩ Yet no matter how many plans he devises or tries to implement, God is always one step ahead! Nothing takes God by surprise. And if he does allow Satan to implement some of his mayhem, as He did with Job, there is always a purpose and God is able to bring good out of it. How frustrating this must be for Satan to see his plans ultimately come to nothing! He thought he was onto a winner in getting Jesus crucified... He thought he had actually killed the son of God! He probably rejoiced for a couple of days... only to witness Him rise on the third day and find that that death would be the very means by which he himself would be judged!
 ↩ Same with the Lord Jesus. Complete panic-proof! Nothing could shake him or make Him fear because He knew His Father and He knew His protection. Even on the night He was arrested He said He could call on 12 legions of angels if He needed (Matt 26:53. The Bible Knowledge Commentary states that 'A Roman legion numbered about 6,000 soldiers.' This was angelic protection of about 72,000 angels!)
 ↩ I have read some amazing stories connected with the war of independence in 1948 in Israel. After Israel was declared to be an independent state they were immediately attacked by the armies from seven surrounding nations. The war was approx. 17,000 Jews fighting for the lives and the existence of the Israelite nation against 7 armies. Apparently some of the 17,000 Jews didn't even have a weapon. And yet there are miraculous stories of the Arabs fleeing for their lives because they saw great and mighty forces coming against them... even if there was in reality only a few Jewish settlers protecting the area. Now that is God protecting His people because of His promises. And what did the Arabs see that made them flee if it was not a glimpse of the angels that protect God's people in the unseen world?
 ↩ And just to get an idea of whether this would be a fair fight, you may remember that when the Assyrian army came against Judah and King Hezekiah, the Lord sent His angel to take out the entire 185,000 Assyrian army (See Isaiah 37). So, no, a large army of men versus even one angel is not a fair fight. Elisha was well protected! And so are we. We should remember what the Bible says about these angels for 'are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?' (Heb 1:14) And 'he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.' (Psalm 91:11)
 ↩ I always find this verse fascinating. An inheritance is something that is left to us when someone dies. Well, God has an inheritance as well and He isn't interested in houses, cash or cars. It is called a glorious inheritance. The inheritance that God the Father receives through the death of His own Son is us! Amazing that we would matter so much to Him!
While I'm not going to go into verses 18-24 in any depth, it is
worth pointing out a few things in the fine print... These verses
present a fantastic example of what the New Testament says in
Romans 12:14-21 which says 'Bless those who persecute you; bless
and do not curse... Do not be overcome with evil but overcome evil
with good.' Here was the army of Aram sent by the king to kill
Elisha. And how does Elisha respond? By striking them down or
setting the angelic guardians on them? Mmm, no, not quite. He
provides them with a great feast and sends them home safe and
sound... that's how! In this way Elisha typifies the Lord Jesus who
didn't respond with vengeance towards those that came to arrest and
kill Him. But He overcame evil with good by enduring the cross and
praying for their forgiveness.
 ↩ God uses all things to protect us. I read a little story recently of a Christian boy in Africa who was being pursued by a mob out to do him no good. He was being pursued for some time and because he was tiring he decided to hide in a cave. He was worried about this however as there was only one way out of the cave and if his enemies looked in the cave they would be sure to find him. Upon entering the cave however, he saw a miraculous thing - as soon as he entered a spider began work on a web across the narrow entrance to the cave. Once the mob reached the cave, they saw the web across the entrance and decided not to look inside as no one could have entered the cave without breaking the spiders web. So God can use all things. Things as mighty as angels or as small as spiders!
 ↩ There is a great story that I would like you to read. It is in Mark 8:22-26. Please go read it. No, actually go and please read it now. Back? It is a great story because it is not at all usual for a healing of Jesus to not completely work the first time! But here was this man, who Jesus had touched and healed of blindness, who could only see say 'I see people but they look like trees walking around.' In other words, you couldn't say he was still blind, but neither could you say that he now saw clearly. Why is this story included in the gospel? Because it is very typical of those that come to the Lord. They have been saved but still can't see very clearly! So what does it take for the issue to be resolved? Well, it takes honesty on the part of the man. He has to acknowledge to the Lord that he still doesn't see very clearly. He may have been tempted to say 'Praise the Lord, I can now see'. Or 'Oh well, Jesus touched me but I still can't see very well I guess I never will.' Both would have been wrong. His honesty lead to a fresh touch and then he could see! I'm sure you see the parallels with people coming to the Lord.
Related Series Posts
- Elisha's Journey - How far do you want to go?
- Elisha's Journey - How far do you want to go? (Part 2)
- The Rapture of Elijah - Swing Low Sweet Chariot!
- A tale of two vessels
- Good Old Fashioned Kindness!
- Good Old Fashioned Faith!
- Elisha, Naaman and the offense of the cross
- 2 Kings 6: Open my eyes...
- 2 Kings 6:24-7:20: Faith's Breaking Point
- 2 Kings 8:7-14: When God Weeps