Wednesday, 13th October 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-7 God is Present in Our Personal Life
V1-2 “And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, ‘See now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us. Please, let us go to the Jordan, and let every man take a beam from there, and let us make there a place where we may dwell.’ So, he answered, ‘Go.’” The disciples have changed, during Elijah’s time, they were not close with their master; but now they come close to Elisha, their master. When they come across difficulties, they come to seek Elisha for help.
V3 “Then one said, ‘Please consent to go with your servants.’ And he answered, ‘I will go.’” How close do we want our relationship to be with our master? Do we only seek them for big problems of our lives? Or are we able to come to them no matter if we encounter big or small matters? We are taught to be independent, to have our own freewill, but in the relationship with God and with our authority, we should be able to inquire everything from them. Especially things relating to our relationship with them.
Elisha was becoming more well-known in Israel and therefore he had more and more disciples living with him. As they are expending their household, they went out to cut the trees and build houses. V5 “But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron axe head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, ‘Alas, master! For it was borrowed.’”
V6-7 “So the man of God said, ‘Where did it fall?’ And he showed him the place. So, he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. Therefore, he said, ‘Pick it up for yourself.’ So, he reached out his hand and took it.” When we borrow something from the others, we must return it. God does not want us to owe others, He doesn’t want us to live a life of debt, so when we seek Him, He will help us to find the axe, but we must reach out our hand to take it.
Section Two V8-23 God is Present in Our Nation
The prophets supported the king during that time, and in the present time, prophets supported the apostles. But the king at the time did not respect prophet Elisha. In the last chapter, when Naaman came to see Elisha for healing, the king was in fear, and this time the king still did not recognize how Elisha could help him. Instead, he had unbelief in his heart. God put us in the position we are, even though we might not like it, but because of our position we must learn to do what we should do. V10 “Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus, he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice.”
V11 “Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, ‘Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?’” The king of Syria was troubled because he found out Elisha was supporting the king of Israel all this time. V14 “Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.” Even the enemy knew the threat of the prophet of God. Do we know how powerful our God is? And do we believe God will do great thing through His appointed prophets? Or do we still live in our own lifestyle, and let the words of the prophets be only a recommendation?
V15-16 “And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’ So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’” How important it is to wake up early to seek God? What is our attitude when we come before God in the morning? When we receive the Word of God, and do the response prayer, do we really have the heart to respond? Because if we don’t open our eyes, we will not be able to see the mighty things God will do for us!
V17 “And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” Everything Elisha did was to pray, even when the enemy came to his door, he continued to pray. When he prayed, his disciples also saw what happened, that the enemy’s eyes were blind. This was the work of God.
V19 “Now Elisha said to them, ‘This is not the way, nor is this the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.’ But he led them to Samaria.” The enemy no longer saw Elisha, the person they were sent to kill, but just a guide, who led them to Samaria. When the king of Israel saw his enemies, he wanted to kill them, but Elisha told him not to. God was teaching the king of Israel through the Syrian army, to feast before the enemy. After the Syrian army ate, they left and never fought Israel anymore.
Section Three V24-33 God is Present in the Battle
V24 “And it happened after this that Ben-Hadad king of Syria gathered all his army and went up and besieged Samaria.” After God’s miracles happened again and again, the king was still worshipping the idols. Therefore, this time Elisha did not help Samaria and there was a great famine. V26-27 “Then, as the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, saying, ‘Help, my lord, O king!’ And he said, ‘If the Lord does not help you, where can I find help for you? From the threshing floor or from the winepress?’” Even now the king was blaming God, he still did not see his own problem, which caused the disaster.
There was already a warning to the Israelites by Moses in Leviticus 26:26-29 “When I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied. ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters.”
V30-31 “Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he tore his clothes; and as he passed by on the wall, the people looked, and there underneath he had sackcloth on his body. Then he said, ‘God do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat remains on him today!’” The king was blaming God and blaming Elisha. When we are in the battlefield, when we face difficulties, do we seek God for help, or do we blame God and others for the troubles we caused ourselves?
God does not promise us a happy and smooth life, but He promised us that no matter what the environment is, He is always with us, He is always present and there will always be miracles!
Prayer & Pursuit
Today, the Word of God says to us, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” The Holy Spirit is with us right now, reveal the fears in our lives, and because of this fear, we cannot humble ourselves, we cannot live under the Tree of Life. What are we afraid of? Let God open our eyes today to see He is with us; let us get rid of all our worries and fears, believe God rules and reigns in our lives!
列王纪下 6 – 神同在
V5-7 有一个门徒的斧头掉在水里，他就惊呼“哀哉！我主啊，这斧子是借的”。圣经教导我们，无论我们借什么东西都要归还，不可亏欠人。在这样一个紧急关头，“神人”以利沙出来问话，并且抛了一根木头就使斧头在原处浮上来了。以利沙没有帮门徒拿，而是让那人自己拿。我们如果曾经问别人借了一些东西，没有照顾好却弄丢的时候，我们就亏欠人了，而这份亏欠会拦阻神在我们身上的计划和祝福。当我们呼求神的时候，神就与我们同在，正如那些门徒一样 – 这些门徒虽然没有呼求神，但他们呼求他们所跟随的老师以利沙，斧头在哪里跌落就在哪里浮起来了。
V10 “窥探”- 说明以色列王并不信神人以利沙的话，因为他与以利沙没有关系。以色列王“不止一两次”发现以利沙讲的是对的，“就防备未受其害”。但王仍然选择不听神人的话，因为他骄傲，不满神不跟他这个王直接讲话而是跟比他位份低的以利沙说话。我们对于教会牧者跟我们说的话是什么态度呢？是否只是当成一个“参考”？以利沙没有因为以色列王不听的态度而不理会以色列王，他为了负起自己的责任仍然一次又一次的提醒、帮助以色列王。
V15 “清早”指的是早上3点钟，那个时候他们一定是在晨祷，所以仆人看见敌军的时候可以马上通知神人 – 每次在紧急关头的时候，圣经给以利沙的头衔都是“神人”。
V28-31 人吃人是一个很可怕的事，然而神早在利未记26:27-29借着摩西警戒后人拜偶像的恶果：“我要折断你们的杖，就是断绝你们的粮。那时，必有十个女人在一个炉子给你们烤饼，按分量称给你们，你们要吃，也吃不饱。‘你们因这一切的事若不听从我，却行事与我反对， 我就要发烈怒，行事与你们反对，又因你们的罪惩罚你们七次。 并且你们要吃儿子的肉，也要吃女儿的肉。’”以色列王听到如今这样的事情真的发生了，没有马上认罪悔改，反而“撕裂衣服”，并扬言要杀掉以利沙。此刻他对以利沙的称呼从原来的“我父”变为“沙法的儿子”，他不肯承认造成灾祸的原因是自己，而是怪罪到以利沙头上。