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

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

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

1 Kings 18:17-18 Who’s the Real Troubler?

1 Kings 18:17-18 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.

Ahab accused Elijah of causing all the trouble in Israel. Elijah turned it around and said the troubler of Israel was Ahab. 

Elijah had:

  • Preached that there would be no rain
  • Trusted that the Lord would care for him
  • Helped to build the faith of the widow and her son

Ahab had:

  • Forsaken the commandments of the Lord and
  • Followed Baalim 

There was famine and drought and with it much loss. But the troubler of Israel was not the praying preacher. The troubler of Israel was the unbelieving king. 

Our country is pointing fingers at Christians today as if we are the problem in the world. Truly our world has problems but, just as it was in Elijah’s time, the troublers today are not the Christians. The troublers right now, the ones causing unrest and harm, are those who have rejected God for the gods of this world. 

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1 Kings 18:17-18 Who’s the Real Troubler?

1 Kings 14:27 Something Not As Valuable

1 Kings 14:27 (KJV)
And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king’s house.

I am prone, I know, to apply this passage to the church. However, its application belongs foremost to a nation. 

Rehoboam let the nation slip.

  • They built high places instead of worshipping at the a temple
  • They suffered the Sodomites in their land
  • They copied the abominations of those nations the LORD had cast out

In consequence, Egypt, a picture of the world, took away the treasures in the house of the LORD

Think of it. This is likely when the Ark, the Tabernacle, the Altar of incense, the golden candlestick, along with Solomon’s shields of gold, were taken – by that which represents the world. 

Rehoboam’s response was to make shields of brass. Not as valuable, not as beautiful. Not as heavy, but enough of all of that to give the air of what they used to have in the Temple. 

America has gone after the way of the world and has lost most of her spiritual treasures to the world. I am afraid that to a great extent, Christians have responded by making something not as valuable, not as weighty, not nearly as beautiful, but possessing an air of what we used to have. 

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1 Kings 14:27 Something Not As Valuable

1 Kings 12:18 Never The Wise Choice

1 Kings 12:18 (KJV)
Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

That Rehoboam made a mistake in following the counsel of the young men, is apparent. That he did so willfully, not so much. This whole situation could be described as one of those “They had already decided to leave, they were just looking for an excuse.” 

  • They were always a trouble to David
  • They were festering under Solomon 
  • They merely took advantage of the leadership change as their excuse

Rehoboam was correct in assuming he would get their tribute. Though he had pressed for more than was mete, that he had authority to do it is without question. 

It was the other group, under Jeroboam who rebelled. 

Right, wrong, or indifferent, rebellion is never the wise choice of action. 

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1 Kings 12:18 Never The Wise Choice

1 Kings 10:2 A Man of Understanding

1 Kings 10:2 (KJV)
And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.

Once the Queen had communed all that was in her heart, Solomon told her all her questions. He hid nothing from her. 

It is one thing to give counsel and instruction to someone who is open and honest. It is an entirely different thing to give that same instruction to someone who has a secret agenda, who is withholding in their heart, who does not honestly seek the answers but only asks out of obligation or to bring a trap. 

Solomon had supernatural wisdom to discern the heart. None of the rest of us have that. But it is still a matter of wisdom to discern when it’s time to quit giving out our counsel and when we are in a good position to continue. 

It was after all, Solomon who wrote, (under inspiration of the Holy Spirit) Proverbs 17:28 (KJV) 
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

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1 Kings 10:2 A Man of Understanding

1 Kings 8:4 Happening in America

1 Kings 8:4 (KJV)
And they brought up the ark of the LORD, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up.

Such treasures there were, that were in the Temple Solomon built!

The ark of the covenant was there
This chapter says that within it was only the table of stone which Moses put there. Hebrews 9:4 says that it also had Aaron’s rod that budded and a pot of manna. Two possibilities to reconcile this apparent discrepancy are:

  • That 1 Kings means that the only written thing inside the ark were the tables of stone.
  • That Solomon may have removed Aaron’s rob and the pot of manna and placed them in some other part of the Temple, perhaps alongside the Tabernacle.

The tabernacle of the congregation was there
King David had made a separate tabernacle to keep the Ark in prior to the building of the Temple. The Tabernacle of the congregation, that Moses and supervised the construction of, had been in Gibeon until this time. Now that the Temple was completed it was dismantled and tucked away inside the Temple. Let it not become a competing place of worship.

None of these objects ought to have been worshipped. But each of them had been vital to the life and testimony of Israel for the previous 480 years.[1]


[1] 1 Kings 6:1 (KJV)
And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.

Such things as these were tragically taken away by Babylon. What a terrible thing to so decline that we come to a place where our history can be stolen from us.

This is happening in America right now.

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1 Kings 8:4 Happening in America

1 Kings 6:4 It Happens

1 Kings 6:4 (KJV)
And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.

So many of our traditions are based upon what was, at one time, a necessity. We often progress passed the necessity, forget what it was, but continue in the culture. I’m not saying it is wrong, just that it happens. 

Solomon made windows of narrow lights in the house of the Lord. I’ve pastored two churches now, both feature narrow windows in the sanctuary area. It’s not that we need that style of window anymore. We have electricity and the ability to put light, lots of it, wherever we wish it to be. But the tradition remains. 

Few homes have similar windows. Perhaps more modern church designs will avoid them too. 

I imagine the same is true of the tradition of very tall ceilings in the sanctuary. At one time those tall walls and ceilings provided for windows very high that could be opened to allow the heat out of the building. I cannot imagine what it must have felt like to be in Spurgeon’s Tabernacle, for instance, with three thousand people and no air conditioning. Tall ceilings with windows at the top allowed for the hot air to rise, be released through those windows and a cooling breeze to move through the people below. Today we just like the appearance of that high ceiling. 

I am a traditionalist. I like things that are old fashioned, including narrow windows and high ceilings. But they are not essential to a building being the house of the Lord. They are only traditions that have become pleasing to the eyes.

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1 Kings 6:4 It Happens