“And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.” (2 Kings 13:21).TEXT — 2 Kings 13:10-25
When God chooses a man, He honours and dignifies him with His power and spiritual gifts. He equips him to accomplish great tasks for Him. This was the case with Elisha. Armed with a double portion of Elijah’s anointing, Elisha played a crucial role in the socio-political and spiritual history of Israel in his day. He was God’s spokesman to kings and the people. He was a source of joy to the barren and a terror to Israel’s enemies. The power of God upon Elisha made the king of Israel to humble himself before him. He was a holy vessel whom the Lord used and honoured greatly.
The anointing of the Lord defied bodily frailty in Elisha. Upon his deathbed, he was able to prophesy the victory of Israel over the Syrians. His prophetic precision that Israel would defeat Syria only three times because the king of Israel ignorantly smote the ground thrice, came to pass. Also, his bones made a dead man to come alive. This is the only case in which a person’s dead bones performed such a miracle of resurrection in the Scriptures; it is a classic instance of God honouring a man, even after his death.
Elisha’s amazing anointing points us to some blessings we can receive abundantly through salvation in Christ. We can accomplish greater things for the Lord if we remain yielded, humble and steadfast under the teaching and leading of the Spirit of God.
If we consecrate ourselves, we can become sanctified vessels unto God’s greatness, instead of frontrunners in the world’s fading fads. Like Elisha, we should become God’s ambassadors and speak His words fearlessly to all while we remain prayerful and faithful to Him until the end.
Thought for the day
No limit to what God can do with and through a holy vessel.
- in one year
- 2 KINGS 9 – 10