Today's chapter is one filled with drama and suspense (especially as it got to the end). I'm reminded of the days when I watched a lot of television (soap operas), when you just couldn't wait for the next day. With the Bible, who needs television; this is so much better/edifying! That said... to the lessons gleaned.
1. The floating axe head reassures me that any tool/skill/talent that I dedicate to the advancing of God's cause is protected by Him. And even if there are mishaps; things will be restored in accordance to His divine will. It may be that our efforts and the influence of our Church has sunk into the murky depths of modern traditions; our God is able allow us to walk on top of this muddy water.
2. I remember someone drawing my attention years ago to Revelation 12 where we're told that the Dragon drew one third of the stars from heaven when he fell. Effectively then, Heaven lost one third of it angelic population. That means two thirds of them are left. What’s the ratio here? 2:1 in favour of Heaven. So to every one demon the Devil will send at us, God can deploy two angels. So no surprise with Elisha's proverbial statement, "...Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." Verse 16. 1 John 4:4 echoes this sentiment, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."
3. And were it not for the extremity of the famine, where even persons who are not sworn enemies had a fallout (as we learned from the woman who complained to the king about the forfeiture of a deal made with another woman concerning eating their children), this principle would have worked perfectly: The best way to get rid of your enemy is to make a friend of him/her, "So the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel." This was after; instead of being killed they were feted by the Israelites. Friendship evangelism is still one of the most effective ways of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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