2 Kings 4 Commentary

Second Kings 4 Commentary


A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.
Psalms 68 verse 5. A poor widow is blessed miraculously by the LORD via the prophet Elisha. Next, we have another woman in need. Her need isn’t money as she is wealthy. Her difficulty in childbearing comes to an end as the LORD miraculously enables her to have a child.

This chapter is about the generosity of the LORD towards His people.

The needy are not necessarily the financially poor. It would be wrong to assume that the financially rich are never in need. The Shunammite woman is financially rich but she is still in need. A well-balanced ministry should attend to all these needs as the LORD allows.

There is a need that money cannot meet. The Shunammite woman is so comfortable that she even declines any physical help, be it from the palace. There is a need that connections and associations cannot satisfy. That’s where the Creator God comes in.

There is a prayer that can be said on the fly and things happen. There is a prayer that should be deeper and personal. While some problems easily disappear with easy prayer, others require more serious engagement. The saint should know the difference. Elisha had to work for it when the miracle boy died!

We have seen explicit prayer. We have also seen implied prayer. The LORD attends to all of them.

At Gilgal, and during a famine, a blessing of a meal becomes bitter. The LORD overturns the bitterness.

We have seen four miracles in this chapter. These are the workings of the LORD in the church. In answer to prayer, many saints have received miracles. Others have received miracles without ever thinking about it as the LORD has responded to their faithfulness and service in the body of Christ. We have seen bitterness turned into wholesomeness. We have also seen our small incomes multiplied to meet our daily needs with excess.

This chapter, therefore, celebrates the faithfulness of the LORD to the Body of Christ. While at the national level apostasy and persecution rage on, deep within the camp of the faithful, the LORD is very much at work. Believers are receiving protection from poverty, from famine, from barrenness, from death, from bitterness, and from starvation.

The story isn’t different today. Look around your life and check for those many moments of miracles. Above everything else, this chapter is calling for thanksgiving and praise to the LORD who is always bearing our many burdens.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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