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  • 2018-07-20   [열왕기하(2 Kings) 2:15 - 2:25]


    The group of prophets who did not see Elijah ascend into heaven searched for him for several days but failed to find Elijah’s body. Meanwhile, Elisha began his ministry by healing the water that had made the land unfruitful.

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  • 15 Now when the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho saw him opposite them, they said, "The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha." And they came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.
    16 And they said to him, "Behold now, there are with your servants fifty strong men. Please let them go and seek your master. It may be that the Spirit of the LORD has caught him up and cast him upon some mountain or into some valley." And he said, "You shal
    17 But when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, "Send." They sent therefore fifty men. And for three days they sought him but did not find him.
    18 And they came back to him while he was staying at Jericho, and he said to them, "Did I not say to you, 'Do not go'?"
    19 Now the men of the city said to Elisha, "Behold, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees, but the water is bad, and the land is unfruitful."
    20 He said, "Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it." So they brought it to him.
    21 Then he went to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, "Thus says the LORD, I have healed this water; from now on neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it."
    22 So the water has been healed to this day, according to the word that Elisha spoke.
    23 He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, "Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!"
    24 And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.
    25 From there he went on to Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria.
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Thinking & Understanding
The group of prophets who saw Elisha cross the Jordan by parting the water bowed before him and formally acknowledged him as Elijah’s successor. However, the prophets who could not believe Elijah had ascended into heaven searched for him for three days but could not find his body (vv. 15-18). The city of Jericho where Elisha dwelled was a good place to live, but the land was unfruitful because the water was bad. Elisha went to the spring of water and healed it by throwing salt into it (vv. 19-22). On his way to Bethel, Elisha cursed boys who jeered at him, and as he did so, two bears came out of the woods and killed many of the boys (vv. 23-25).

What lesson is God teaching me?
Vv. 19-22 When he heard about the situation of the water in the city, Elisha healed the water. Like Moses, who turned the bitter water in Marah sweet (Ex. 15:22-26), Elisha changed Jericho from a barren city into a city of life by the power of the word (v. 21). Even today, the Lord desires for us who believe in the power of the word to become salt and heal and revive this world of darkness. Where is the power of the word needed now?

Vv. 23-25 Elisha, who gifted life to those who acknowledged his power as a prophet, brought about the death of 42 boys who mocked him by letting bears loose against them, according to the covenant (Lev. 26:22). This showed that those who opposed God’s prophet opposed God, and it was a warning for the Israelites who would face judgement for mocking and disobeying the prophets.

Prayer
Lord, help us to live fruitful lives by trusting in the power of your word.