2 Kings 1-3, Colossians 4
So many good things today!! The passages in 2 Kings seem to have lots of connections to other passages we’ve read so far. Elijah and Elisha cross over the Jordan on dry land—this connects to when Moses parts the Red Sea as the Israelites flee from Egypt and when Joshua stops the flow of the Jordan river as the Israelites finally enter the Promised Land! The miracle of the water in Jericho relates to the miracles of the water provided for the Israelites in the wilderness. It also connects forward to Jesus description of the “living water” that He offers us. These connections to Moses and the wilderness should serve as a reminder to Israel of the power and love of the One God of Israel. They have gotten so far from being a nation that follows the Lord, that these miracles should point backwards and serve as a reminder / wake up call for the people of Israel.
I am also challenged by the interaction between the kings of Israel / Judah and Elisha. The kings ask Elisha to provide water for their army and livestock. Elisha responds, “This is a light thing in the sight of the Lord” and then goes on to proclaim that the Lord will give them victory in the battle. How often do I ask for “water” (the small, immediate needs) when I should be asking for “victory” (the big picture)?!
6Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Its very impactful how Paul ends his letter with “remember my chains.” It creates a sense of urgency in doing our work that we often lose.
What is notable is the love between the saints mentioned in chapter 4 of Colossians. These are brothers and sisters who desire one another’s full maturity in the things of the Lord and pray earnestly on behalf of it, while living lives dedicated to His service. May we also be busy with the work of glorifying Christ and seeking His means of sanctification through prayer.
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