“Till There Was No Remedy” Elisha Purifies a Spring of Water The Divided Kingdom 2 Kings 2:19 – 3:27 2
Characters In Tonight’s Lesson... 3 Elijah: For what event is he most remembered? In the NT, he appears with Christ and Moses in the transfigeration scene Jesus likened him to John the Baptist (Matt. 17) A father figure to Elisha
Characters In Tonight’s Lesson... 4 Elisha: Followed Elijah for about 7 or 8 years Witnessed Elijah taken up into heaven Requested and possessed a “double portion” of Elijah’s spirit Performed 12 miracles. Name one. Healed Naaman the leper Made 7 prophecies
Characters In Tonight’s Lesson... 5 Jehoshaphat: Son of Asa Good king Removed altars and wooden poles Sent teachers and priests to teach the people the law Allied himself with Ahab of Israel Scolded by God for helping Ahab in battle with Syria Reigned for 25 years
Characters In Tonight’s Lesson... 6 Jehoram of Judah: Son of Jehoshaphat Married Athaliah, daughter of Ahab and Jezebel Wicked king Reigned for 8 years
Characters In Tonight’s Lesson... 7 Jehoram of Israel: Son of Ahab, brother of Ahaziah Wicked king He persisted in the sins of Jeroboam (golden calves) But, put away the poles of Baal worship Made alliance with Judah
From the last lesson... Ahaziah died from an fall His brother, Jehoram, became king of Israel Elijah and Elisha went from Gilgal to Bethel then to Jericho – The sons of the prophets told Elisha that Elijah would be taken that day Elijah parted the waters of the Jordan river and they crossed over 8
From the last lesson... A chariot of fire came down and took Elijah away in a whirlwind to heaven Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak, struck the waters of Jordan and crossed back over to Jericho on dry land 9
The First Days of Elisha’s Ministry 2 Kings 2:12-25 He parted the Jordan He pacified some prophets by allowing them to search for Elijah He purified a spring of water He departed Jericho and went to Bethel He punished some mocking youths for their disrespect for him as a prophet From Bethel, he went to Mt. Carmel and from there to Samaria 10
King Jehoram Of Israel 2 Kings 3:1-3 11 Judah Jehoshaphat reigning in his 18 th year Jehoram co- reigning in his 2 nd year His wife was the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel Israel Jehoram (Joram) reigning - wicked Ahaziah’s brother Son of Ahab and Jezebel Reigned 12 years – evil Jehoram's idolatry Kept the sins of Jeroboam – the golden calves
Judah and Israel Fight Moab 2 Kings 3:4-9 12 Moabites rebelled against Israel Refused to pay tribute after Ahab died Jehoram asked Jehoshaphat for help Got Judah to help fight the Moabites The plan was to go south around the Dead Sea to approach Moab Edom joined the two armies Edom was under the control of Judah Jehoram’s ineptness: Ran out of water for the armies and the cattle
13 Jehoram’s Efforts Against The Moabites Israel, Judah, and Edom joined together in the effort The armies ran out of water Where is God when we need Him? Our plan didn’t work!
Elisha and King Jehoram 2 Kings 3:10-27 The Indignant Prophet – The request: Seek instruction from a prophet – 10-12 – The rebuke: Elisha wanted no part of Jehoram –13-14 – The reply: God sent good news of water – 15-19 – The red water: Deceived the Moabites – 20-23 – The routing: Moabites defeated – 24-27 14
Till There Was No Remedy The Divided Kingdom Death of Jehoshaphat
In Judah Death of Jehoshaphat -1 Kings 22:45-50 Jehoram (or Joram) – 2 Kings 8:16- 24 – 8 years of evil – Had married into Ahab’s family – Kills his brothers – 2 Chron.21:2-4 – God arouses neighboring revolts Edom revolts – 2 Kgs.8:20-22 Libnah revolts – 8:22
Judah has: Problems without (Edom) And Problems within (Libnah) See next slide
More Problems Jehoram receives a letter from Elijah – 2 Chron.21:11-15 Invasion of the Philistines and Arabians – 21:16,17 Two Year Disease & Agonizing Death – 21:18-21 Obadiah prophesies during this time.
Till There Was No Remedy The Divided Kingdom Prophetic Themes 2 Kings 4
Prophetic Themes General Summary – Call for repentance – The Day of the Lord – God’s concern for nations – The Messiah – A New Spiritual Order to come
Joram Disease and Agonizing Death of Jehoram of Judah – 2 Chron.21:18-20 Jehoram, son of Ahab, still reigns in Israel
More Stories About Elisha Elisha Increases A Widow’s Oil – 2 Kings 4:1-7 – The widow’s crisis – v.1-2 – Elisha’s miraculous aid – 3-7 A Shunammite Woman – 4:8-37 – A room for hospitality – 8-10 – A reward: she will have a son – 11-17 – A Trial: her son dies – 18-21 – A Testimony: Elisha is empowered by God to raise the son from the dead – 22-37
More Stories of Elisha Elisha Purifies Stew – 2 Kings 4:38-41 –T–The Poisonous Food Caused by wild gourds Purified by flour and miracle Do you see parallels between Elisha and Jesus?
Till There Was No Remedy The Divided Kingdom Elisha Feeds 100 Men
More Stories About Elisha He feeds 100 men with 20 loaves – 2 Kgs.4:42-44 He heals Naaman of his leprosy – 2 Kings 5:1-27
– Disease – 5:1 2 Kings 5:1 Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.
– Determination – 2-5 2 Kings 5:2-5 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman's wife. (3) Then she said to her mistress, "If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy." (4) And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, "Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel." (5) Then the king of Syria said, "Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel." So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing.
– Detainment – 6-8 2 Kings 5:6-8 Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said, Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy. (7) And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me." (8) So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, "Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel."
– Displeasure – 9-13 2 Kings 5:9-13 Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha's house. (10) And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean." (11) But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, "Indeed, I said to myself, 'He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.‘ …
– Displeasure – 9-13 (12) Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?" So he turned and went away in a rage. (13) And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, "My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, 'Wash, and be clean'?"
– Deliverance – 14 2 Kings 5:14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
– Dedication – 15-19 2 Kings 5:15-19 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, "Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant." (16) But he said, "As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing." And he urged him to take it, but he refused. (17) So Naaman said, "Then, if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the LORD. …
– Dedication – 15-19 (18) Yet in this thing may the LORD pardon your servant: when my master goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow down in the temple of Rimmon--when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the LORD please pardon your servant in this thing." (19) Then he said to him, "Go in peace." So he departed from him a short distance.
More Stories About Elisha Makes an ax-head to float – 2 Kgs. 6:1-7 Blinds and Traps Some Syrian Soldiers – 6:8-23 – His warnings to Israel upsets the Syrian attack strategies – He is threatened by the Syrian king – He believes God’s army is always bigger – Blinds the Syrian army – Leads them to Samaria – Releases them
Till There Was No Remedy Divided Kingdom The Siege of Samaria 2 Kings 6:24 - 8:6
The Siege of Samaria Arameans besiege Samaria – The Plight of the people – cannibalism - 6:24-29 – The Prejudice of the king – blames Elisha and the Lord – 6:30-33 – The Prophecy of Elisha – 7:1-2 – The Panic of the Arameans – 7:3-11 – The Plunder by the people – 7:12-16 – The Passing of the Officer – 7:17-20
The Reminiscing About Elisha Gehazi and the woman of Shunam tell the king of Israel of Elisha’s deeds She relocated due to Elisha’s warning. 8:1-2 She returned after the famine to get her house and land back -8:3 She is restored her belongings when Gehazi explains the situation to the king