2 Kings 6-8
The Divided Kingdom-Israel & Judah (various Kings), cont’d. 2 Kings 1-17
2 Kings 6:1-7-The prophets request that they be allowed to build a new residential facility...Elisha agrees. While working, the head of an axe fell into the water. Elisha threw a stick into the water and the iron head floated to the surface.
2 Kings 6:8-23-Aram (Syria) went to war against Israel. Elisha kept warning the king of Israel about where the king of Aram was located. The king of Aram became angry because he thought that one of his own men was an informant for Israel. But one his men told him that the king of Israel was being protected because Elisha knew where the army of the Arameans was located and told the king of Israel. The king of Aram sent his army to capture Elisha. Elisha was staying in Dothan and when he woke up he was surrounded. His servant panicked. Then God opened the eyes of his servant and showed him a great angelic army around them. Elisha then prayed that the enemy be struck with blindness (cf. Genesis 19:11-the only other occurrence of this Hebrew word). He then led the Aramean army to Samaria…right into the hands of the king of Israel. The king of Israel asked if he should kill them...but Elisha said not to...but to prepare a feast for them and then send them home.
2 Kings 6:24-7:20-Even after this, the king of Aram, Ben-hadad, did not honor God. Later, he attacks again and surrounds Samaria. He is there so long that there is a famine in the city. The king of Israel blames Elisha and vows to kill him. However, Elisha says that the very next day there will be more than enough food. The next day four lepers go into the camp of the Aramean army and it is empty. God had caused a great sound like a huge army and they had panicked and fled...leaving all of their gear and food.
2 Kings 8:1-6-Elisha tells the woman whose son he had saved to leave because a 7-year famine was coming. When she returned, she appealed to the king for her land and when he found out who she was he gave it to her.
2 Kings 8:7-15-Ben-hadad, king of Aram, became ill and sent Hazael to ask Elisha if he would recover. Elisha told Hazael to tell the king that he would recover…but that actually, the king would die. After which, he would become king and would cause great destruction on Israel. In a sense, Hazael made this a self-fulfilling prophecy. Hazael went back and told the king that he would recover, then the next day he murdered the king.
Hazael became king of Aram (Syria). He would also fulfill Elisha’s prophecy concerning the destruction that he would bring on Israel (cf. 10:32; 13:3-7,22; Amos 1:3-5)
2 Kings 8:16…Jehoram (Joram) became king of Judah (848-841)
2 Kings 8:16-24-Jehoram became king of Judah (in the 5th year of Joram, king of Israel)...it was a co-regency with his father Jehoshaphat...he was 32 years old. He reigned 8 years and married the daughter of Ahab. Edom revolted against Judah and appointed its own king. Joram died...and his son Ahaziah became king of Judah.
2 Kings 8:24…Ahaziah became king of Judah (841)
2 Kings 8:25-29-Ahaziah became king of Judah in the 12th year that Joram was king of Israel...he was 22 years old...he reigned 1 year. He joined Joram, king of Israel, in a battle against Hazael, king of Aram (Syria). Joram was wounded in battle. He went to Jezreel to heal. Ahaziah later went to visit Joram while he recovered from his wounds.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that You will surround me with everything that I need to serve You. Give me the eyes to see Your resources and the courage to use them for Your glory.