Second Kings 6 Commentary
Purpose is important. If the purpose of a miracle is increased publicity, increased church income, increased visibility, and increased social media rankings, so the result shall be. These headliner miracles would immediately translate into mega-church structures and chart-topping social media rankings. But here the purpose is very different and so is the outcome.
An axhead floats and the borrowed axe can be returned safely to its owner. The borrower had worried about telling stories to the lender. The saint is therefore helped to meet a righteousness need. This need had arisen spontaneously in the assembly of the LORD’s people. No seed was planted for this miracle or indeed any others that we have looked at so far.
“Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” This seems to be the main point from the second set of miracles. It starts with the opening of eyes for Elisha’s servants. How the church needs this miracle in a time of increased fear and uncertainty! Peace only comes when the LORD opens one’s eyes to the realities of His presence. At this point, the saint fears nothing. Those around you would be shocked at how well you sleep right in the midst of a storm. LORD, open our eyes so that we can see.
Again we can see the end result of the second set of miracles: righteousness and peace. The worried saint can sleep like a baby. The nation is saved from both an immediate attack as well as a future attack. There is more. We can see how the nation is happily basking in the blessings of the presence of the LORD through the prophet Elisha. It translates into national security.
The relationship between the king of Israel and the church was great at this moment. Yes, great until a shocking incident of two women wanting to eat their send child. The enraged king thought this abomination should not happen in the world of Elisha’s God. And he was right. But he wasn’t right in wanting to kill the prophet. Neither is the world today right in placing the blame on the LORD for all kinds of difficulties which they, themselves have manufactured.
The chapter closes on yet another low point with the king accusing the LORD of failure. And worse, the king wants to take matters into his own hands. As we can all tell, even from our own experiences, this is always a very foolish human reaction. Extremely ungodly. Next, we shall see how the prophet reacts.
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