2 Kings 6:1 The Sons of the Prophets

2 Kings 6:1 (KJV)
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.

My interest is in the sons of the prophets and their relationship with Elisha

Among the first times we see them they came out to watch Elijah and Elisha
They witnessed the parting of the Jordan for the two of them and then, when Elijah was taken up, for Elisha alone.

We see them mocking Elisha’s bald head[1]
And a bear comes to devour some of them.

We see them here dwelling with Elisha
Whether it is a college as we think of it is debatable. A man cannot be taught to be a spokesman for the Lord. That is the Lord’s calling. But a man can learn by example to have godly character.[2] That is the value of the college situation. 

Elisha used the sons of the prophets in certain ministry circumstances so that they learned from practical ministry as well as from their own mistakes and seeing how the man of God corrected them.


[1] I do wish to acknowledge that these were children and not necessarily the sons of the prophets.

[2] Then, even as now, there are bad influences as well as good ones in the dwelling environment. God can and does use both.

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2 Kings 6:1 The Sons of the Prophets

2 Kings 5:17-19 An Understanding

2 Kings 5:17-19 (KJV)
And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules’ burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.
In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing.
And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.

Naaman had confessed earlier that he knew that there was no God but in Israel.[1] Though there is some disagreement about this passage I see it this way.
The request for the dirt would have been akin to looking toward the Temple in Jerusalem when in prayer. 
Wherever a Jew found himself, he might pray with his face toward the direction of Jerusalem, thus signifying his heart’s desire to be in that holy place. Naaman desired the dirt as a symbol of his faith in the God of Israel.

The request for pardon ought to be viewed for past transgressions
Rather than understanding this as asking for forgiveness for the sins he intended to continue to do, we can, and I believe should view them as a confession of his transgressions prior to his faith. Whether he would be required to enter the house of Rimmon to worship in the future is unknown. It may have never been an actual requirement. It may have been his practice in the past and he may have here turned from that practice.

Elisha offered peace in the name of the Lord
It must be remembered that Elisha was a prophet, not a priest. This could hardly be viewed as supportive of the Catholic practice of confession to the priest. The prophet’s work often involved speaking on behalf of the Lord. (Having received of the Lord that which to speak.) 


[1] 2 Kings 5:15 (KJV)
And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.

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2 Kings 5:17-19 An Understanding

Luke 18:1 In Praying Don’t Faint

Luke 18:1 (KJV)
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

  • Don’t faint in praying 
  • In praying don’t faint

It seems to me that the context is clear. 

Jesus spoke this parable to teach His disciples not to faint or to quit praying 
We are too often quitters on God. Believing that we can get our desires and wants through hard work and cleverness, we tend to pay God a bit of lip service and then set about getting what we want our way. Sometimes we don’t want to bring the matter before God because we suspect He might indicate He doesn’t wish us to have the thing we want. 

But there is another way to apply the teaching of Jesus. 

It is in praying that we find the strength not to faint 
Prayer is the most powerful spiritual weapon at our disposal. No wonder that the devil uses even well-meaning Christian people to press us into service and away from sitting at the feet of our Saviour. 

Get on your face before God in prayer. Stay there, don’t faint. The longer you are there the more strength you will find not to faint in prayer.

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Luke 18:1 In Praying Don’t Faint

Luke 17:3-4 The Onus Is On The Offended

Luke 17:3-4 (KJV)
Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

God’s plan for dealing with offenses and trespasses really is simple. But notice that Jesus places the onus on the offended, not the offender. As a Christian my focus should be on how I handle being offended and not how the offender is to be handled.

When someone trespasses against us
Rebuke him. 
There will be trespasses. We simply are not perfect. We will be trespassed against. We will trespass against. 

If he repents
Forgive him. 
Most of the time. At least a lot of the time, they will repent. They will turn from their trespass. They will stop doing it. When they stop, forgive them. It’s over. It’s done. 

If he repeats the trespass, and you repeat the rebuke and he repeats the repentance 
Forgive him again and again

And he will trespass against you more than once. He, like you, is human. That he repeats the trespass does not mean it was false repentance. It means he failed to continue in it. If and when he repents, forgive over and over and over. It is the only way any of us can actually survive in a multi-people community. 

If he does not repent, then the Bible teaches in other places how to deal with that

  • Remove him from the Fellowswhip of the body
  • Refrain as a member of the body from his company 
  • Pray that, at some point he will repent

Trust God’s plan. It will work if we will follow it. 

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Luke 17:3-4 The Onus Is On The Offended

Luke 16:15 Justifying Self

Luke 16:15 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Of the Pharisees Jesus said these three things:

  • They justify themselves before men
  • They are highly esteemed among men
  • God knows their hearts and it is an abomination in the sight of God

He spoke directly to these Pharisees but is there not a warning for us?

We must be careful not to justify ourselves
I believe we do this too often when we create a culture that in the sight of others appears to be righteous but hides to truth that resides in our hearts. 

We must be careful not to seek the esteem of men
The heart is so desperately wicked that this is a bigger issue than we generally wish to admit. We like our heroes, and it is even better if we are one in someone’s eyes.

We must take care that we have not deceived ourselves into accepting the esteem of men 
Because this will certainly come at the price of being an abomination in the sight of God. 

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Luke 16:15 Justifying Self

Luke 15:25-32 Mercy, Properly Employed

Luke 15:25-32 (KJV)
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

One of the most challenging things people deal with is forgiveness. Therefore, one of the most difficult things to communicate to them is mercy. 

The father had done his eldest son absolutely no wrong. He still had all that had ever been promised him. He still maintained the role of the first born. His father had love for him, respect, and appreciation. 

But the eldest was upset with the younger son. Because of his bitterness, he could not see the blessing of his return. He could not understand why his father would celebrate. 

Mercy, properly employed, is a picture of our Heavenly Father’s love for men and women. We ought to practice it even when people do not understand it. Indeed, the fact that they come to ask us to explain it may be the best reason to practice it. 

Could it be there is someone living in the pig pen of unforgiveness who will finally come home because of our mercy toward others?

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Luke 15:25-32 Mercy, Properly Employed

1 Kings 19:7 Bigger and Better

1 Kings 19:7 (KJV)
And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.

I think it is possible that this cake of bread was sufficient to provide not only the first meal, but the second and perhaps enough to take along for his journey. That this bread was enough for a forty-day journey is supernatural. How he came to have it is a miracle indeed. 

It is interesting that Elijah seemed so casual about talking with the angel of the LORD and of eating food he had provided. 

  • Perhaps this was a consequence of his depression 
  • Perhaps he was so weary he could not express himself
  • Perhaps he was so accustomed to God’s provision that it didn’t impress him anymore 

I think we get this way over time. When at first, we meet the Lord, everything is brand new, fresh, and exciting. After a while, some years maybe, we lose our passion for what God is doing because it isn’t that much different than what God has done. 

I am afraid we treat God like some sort of thrill ride. We get bored with Him unless we have bigger and better answers to prayer or bigger and better spiritual experiences. What, may I ask, could ever be bigger and better than being born again?

Oh, that God might feed us day by day and that we never lose the wonder that He has done so.

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1 Kings 19:7 Bigger and Better

Luke 14:7 Publicly, Directly, Immediately

Luke 14:7 (KJV)
And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them,

Jesus marked, observed, He took note of, how those who were bidden behaved
Jesus was neither indifferent to it nor ignorant of it. He purposely paid attention to the behavior of those who attended this supper.

Jesus spoke directly to them at the moment of their behavior concerning their behavior 
He corrected them publicly, directly, and immediately. He gave them no time to separate themselves from their own actions. He was not unkind. But I imagine someone was offended because it was so obvious of whom He spoke. 

Jesus, I believe, would have His disciples to do likewise 
The best way to correct a behavior is immediately and directly. We ought never and do not have to be unkind, but we must be forthright and direct. 

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Luke 14:7 Publicly, Directly, Immediately

1 Kings 9:2 His Presence Has Moved

1 Kings 9:2 (KJV)
That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.

The Lord displayed His presence in the Temple with His glory. Here God displays for Solomon His continuing fellowship as the house of God transferred from the Tabernacle of the congregation to the new Temple. 

  • He not only resided there
  • He spoke to the people from there

The Word of God clearly declares that His presence and communication has moved today from the Tabernacle, to the Temple, and now to the New Testament Baptist Church 

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1 Kings 9:2 His Presence Has Moved

Luke 13:33 Today, Tomorrow and the Day Following

Luke 13:33 (KJV)
Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

  • Jesus knew there was a threat to His life in Galilee 
  • Jesus knew He had an appointment with the cross in Jerusalem 
  • Jesus also knew He had still work to do between them

Jesus did not let the present threat, or the future reality distract Him from His purpose. Today, tomorrow, and the day following were His to use as His Father had commanded. 

Each of us is journeying toward our own Jerusalem – the appointed time of our death. We all face various dangers and threats along the way.

Don’t allow them to distract you from your walk with God today, tomorrow, or the day following. 

  • God can deliver us from danger if He wills
  • God is perfectly aware of the time when our departure is at hand

Leave those things to Him and focus instead on your next step of faith. 

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Luke 13:33 Today, Tomorrow and the Day Following