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Go Tell Those People

Jonah 1:1-10 One day, the Lord spoke to the prophet Jonah and said, “Go to the city of Nineveh and tell the people that I know all about their wicked deeds.”But Jonah didn’t want to listen. Instead of going to Nineveh, he went to a coastal town called Joppa and boarded a ship going to Spain. When the ship was far out at sea, the Lord sent a great storm. The ship was in danger of sinking and the sailors were terrified. They started throwing the cargo over the side and praying to their gods for help.Earlier on, Jonah had gone to his cabin and fallen fast asleep. When the captain of the ship found him there, he said, “How can you be sleeping? Get up and pray to your God to save us!”Meanwhile the sailors were drawing lots to find out who was responsible for the storm. When it became obvious that Jonah was the guilty one, the sailors asked, “Is all this your fault? What are you doing here? Where do you come from?”Then Jonah told them that he worships the Lord of Heaven, the Creator of land ... Read More »

A Dying City

2 Kings 7:1-11 The king of Syria led his whole army against Israel and surrounded the city of Samaria. No one could go in or out! People inside the city became very hungry because there was no food, but Elisha told the king, “This is what the Lord says, ‘By tomorrow there will be plenty of food again.’”There were four men outside the city wall who had a sickness called leprosy. They said to each other, “We have nothing to lose. We are going to die anyway so let’s go to the Syrian camp.” They didn’t know that the Lord had made the enemy troops hear the sound of a large army of horses and chariots, which made them run for their lives.When the four men reached the camp, nobody was there. As they went into one tent after another they found gold, silver, clothing, and food. Then they said to each other, ”Come, let’s go tell everyone!” So they rushed back to the city to give the other Israelites the good news. Is there a treasure inside me? Don’t you love those stories where the most unlikely character becomes ... Read More »

The Unseen Force

2 Kings 6:8-17 The king of Syria was at war with Israel. Elisha was able to warn the Israelites about where the Syrians were making their camp. When the king of Syria found out that it was Elisha who was telling the Israelites about their movements, he sent his army with horses and chariots to surround the city where Elisha was staying.Early the next morning, when Elisha’s servant got up and saw that the enemy had surrounded the city, he cried out, “My master, what shall we do now?”“Don’t be afraid,“ the prophet replied. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed; “Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” Immediately, Elisha’s servant was able to see horses and chariots of fire all around them and covering the hillside. Do angels really protect us? Have you heard people talk about a guardian angel? How would you like to have your own invisible bodyguard? The Bible says, “For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” Psalm 91:11. Doesn’t it make you feel special that angels have ... Read More »

The Axhead

2 Kings 6:1-7 One day, a group of prophets said to Elisha, “The place where we meet is too small for us. Let’s go to the Jordan River and cut logs for a new building.” Elisha was happy with the idea and went along with them.As they were chopping down trees, one of the axheads came off the handle and fell into the water. “Oh sir,” the man cried, “it was borrowed!”“Where did it fall?” Elisha asked. So the man showed him the place. Elisha cut a stick and threw it into the water. As he did, the axhead floated to the surface and the man was able to lift it out of the water. Why do things go wrong—even when we work for God? Imagine being part of a team of workers building something for God’s Kingdom. Surely God wouldn’t allow anything to go wrong when you are doing your best for Him. Yet, even when a group of prophets were building a bigger place in which to meet, something happened to frustrate them and slow them down. What made matters worse was that the ax had been borrowed.There ... Read More »

The Dishonest Servant

2 Kings 5:15-27 Naaman was so grateful that he had been healed, he went back to Elisha and said, “Now I know that your God is the only God. Please take this gift as a sign of my gratitude.”But Elisha replied, “I will not accept the gift.” And even though Naaman tried to persuade him to take it, Elisha refused. So Naaman went on his way. But Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, heard them speaking and decided to get something out of Naaman for himself. Naaman had not gone far when Gehazi caught up with him. “My master sent me to tell you that two prophets have just arrived, and that he could use the gifts you wanted to give him,” he said.Naaman gladly gave Gehazi what he had asked for. When Gehazi got back, Elisha asked him where he had been. “I didn’t go anywhere!” Gehazi lied.Elisha said to him, “Is this the time to take money and clothes for yourself? Because you have done this, you will get the skin disease that Naaman had.” Does a little dishonesty really matter? Gehazi may have thought to himself; “Seeing that Naaman really ... Read More »

The Unbelieving Commander

2 Kings 5:9-14 Naaman went with his horses and chariots to the house where Elisha the prophet was staying. When he arrived at the house, Elisha told his servant to give Naaman this message; “Go to the Jordan River and wash yourself in the water seven times and you will be cured.”Naaman was upset because Elisha had not even come out to speak to him and cure him right there on the spot. Then Naaman added, “Besides, aren’t the rivers back home good enough? I could have washed in them and be cured.”But Naaman’s servants said. “Sir, surely if the prophet had told you to do something difficult you would have done it. Why don’t you just go down into the river and do what the prophet told you.”So Naaman went down to the Jordan River, and when he gone in and dipped in it seven times, he was completely cured and his skin became like that of a young boy. How can I overcome my doubt? From birth, children trust their parents completely, and as they get older, they slowly learn to trust others around them. But because we ... Read More »

The King Can’t Help

2 Kings 5:5-8 Naaman set out on a journey from Syria to Israel to find the prophet who could cure him of his skin disease. He took with some silver and gold, beautiful clothes and a letter that his king had written.After a long journey, he arrived in the city of the king of Israel and handed him the letter which said: “This is my officer Naaman. I want you to cure him of his skin disease.”When the king read the letter, he was very upset and tore his clothes. “How can your king expect me to cure you? Does he think I am God? He just wants to pick a fight with me!”When Elisha heard what had happened he sent a message to the king: “Why are you so upset? Send the man to me and I will show him that there is a prophet here who serves the living God.” Should I go to a doctor or pray for healing? When you feel sick, your mom probably tucks you up in bed and gives you some horrible tasting stuff that makes you better. Some sicknesses are so bad ... Read More »

The Faithful Slave Girl

2 Kings 5:1-5 Naaman was a commander in the Syrian army and was respected by the king because he had won many battles. But Naaman had a problem: he had a terrible skin disease which causes a slow and horrible death. In one of their raids against Israel, the Syrian army had captured and brought back Israelites slaves. Among them was a little girl who ended up as a servant of Naaman’s wife. One day she said to her mistress, “If only my master could go to the prophet in Israel he would be cured of his disease.”When Naaman heard about the prophet in Israel, he went to the king and told him what the girl had said. The king of Aram immediately wrote a letter to the king of Israel and said to Naaman, “Go to Israel, and take this letter with you.” Can my faith be strong even though I’m young? Would you have dared to be as brave as the young servant girl? Naaman was a commander of a big army, and he didn’t become commander by being nice! The girl probably didn’t even know the name ... Read More »

Enough Room(s)

2 Kings 4:8-17 One day Elisha went to a town called Shumen. A woman who lived there with her husband invited Elisha to stay for a meal. She told Elisha that he should come and have a meal with them whenever he passed through their town.One day the woman said to her husband, “I know that this is a holy man of God. Let’s build a small room on the roof of the house, and put in a bed, a table and chair, and a lamp. Then he can stay with us whenever he comes this way.”One day, while Elisha was in his new room, he called the woman and said to her, “About this time next year, you will have a son.” And the woman became pregnant and had a son the following year, just as Elisha had said. What is hospitality? Have your parents invited someone to stay in your home for a few days or even months? It may have been your grandparents, or a friend who needed a place to stay.The Holy Spirit has given some people the gift of hospitality. People with this gift are ... Read More »

Jars of Oil

2 Kings 4:1-7 One day, a prophet died before he could pay back the money he owed a man who had lent him the money. The man told the widow that if she didn’t pay back the money, he would sell her two sons as slaves to get his money.When she told Elisha what had happened, he said, “How can I help you? What do you have in your house?”“I have nothing except a little oil,” she replied.“Go ask all your neighbors for empty jars, as many as you can get,” Elisha said. “Then go inside, shut the door, and start pouring the oil into the jars.”The woman did as Elisha had told her, and as she poured the oil into the jars, it just kept flowing. She filled one jar after another until all the jars were full to the brim. The woman went back to Elisha and told him what had happened. So Elisha said, “Now go sell the oil, and with the money you make you can settle your debt and then live on the money that is left over.” Can I be joyful all the time? ... Read More »

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