Bible Study Notes 4/15/12
Posted On: 04/15/2012
We're learning about the Shunammite woman.
When we glance back at 2 Kings 4, verse 8, we see a women who opened her home to Elisha. She didn't want anything in return, though.
Elisha found out though, that she wanted a child. Elisha told her she would have one.
Later, the kid got sick and died. But, Elisha brought it back to life.
When we go back to 2 Kings 8, verse 1, we see that Elisha told that same women to flee with her family to escape a 7 year famine. In verse 2, it tells us she did that.
In verse 3, it says that in 7 years, she returned and begged to the king for her house and land back.
When she got arrived there, the king was talking to Gehazi, a servant of Elisha. The king was wanting to know all the great things Elisha had done.
Gehazi was telling the king about when Elisha brought someone back to life. The woman and her son walked up, and Gehazi said, "This is the women, my lord the kind, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life."
The king asked the woman to tell him about it, so she explained it to him. The king then assigned an official to her case and told him to give her back everything that belonged to her. Including the income of the land produced while she was gone.
The official did as he was told, and the woman got her land, and the income, back.
This woman was so faithful to God, even though she lived in a place who a lot of people didn't worship God and instead worshiped idols.
So, even though things seem bad, God is still there with you. He never left you.
Sometimes, it's hard to believe that God is helping us in a situation, when he really is.
In verse 7, Elisha is in Damascas, which is in Aram. Ben-Hadad, the king, was ill.
Ben-Hadad heard Elisha was around, so he sent Hazael to ask Elisha to consult with the Lord and ask if he will recover from his illness.
So, Hazael gathered 40 camel loads of stuff.
When Hazael asks Elisha if the king will recover, Elisha says yes. Then he says, But, he will die.
Elisha stared at Hazael with a fixed gaze. Hazael was embarrassed.
Then, Elisha started weeping. Hazael was confused.
When Hazael asked why he was weeping, Elisha said he was weeping, because of the harm Hazael will do to the Israelites.
Hazael asks how his servant, a mere 'dog', accomplish such a thing?
Elisha said the Lord had shown him that he would become king of Aram.
When Hazael got back, he told the king he would live, but the next day, Hazael killed the king and he became king.
In verse 16, we go back to the king of Judah, Jehoram. He began his reign at age 32.
But, the 'evilness' of the Northern Kingdom of Israel is heading into the Southern Kingdom.
In verse 18, it says he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel. Aka, he didn't worship the one true God. He also married one of King Ahab's daughters.
In verse 20, there is some 'un-rest' between Judah and Edom.
There was a sort of a political agreement, but Edom wanted independence.
Jehoram figured on having God's favor in this, but he was not as favored as he thought.
In 2 Chronicles 21:2-4, it says Jehoram killed 6 of his brothers.
In 2 Chronicles 21:12-15, it says Jehoram died of a disease called The Intestines. He was warned by Elisha to get in shape, but he failed to do so.
In 23 & 24, Ahaziah, his son, became king of Judah.
Ahaziah was 22 years old and his mother was Athaliah, Omri's granddaughter, and Ahab's daughter.
In verse 27, Ahaziah also walked in the evil ways of the Ahab. In 28, Ahaziah went war against Hazael along with Joram, king of Israel.
Joram got wounded and Ahaziah went to see him.
In verse 29, it shows that they thought it was good idea to mix the southern and northern kingdoms, but it backfired.
Whenever you do something, think about whether you influence people, or just go along. It's easier to go along with people, but better to influence people. Try to influence them. It's the best thing to do.