One Greater than Elisha

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Kings 4-5 Like Jesus, Elisha goes from place to place meeting the needs of people. He does miracles, similar to those of Jesus, but not as great. He provides for a poor widow by causing her vessels to be filled with oil through the power of God. The implication is that if the woman had the faith to gather vessels with twice as much capacity as she did, she would have had them all filled. So often …

A New Prophet

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Kings 1-3 Second Kings continues the story from the death of Ahab, king of Israel, to the destruction of Jerusalem, the capital of Judah. When Ahaziah, son of Ahab, sends soldiers to capture Elijah, he calls down fire from heaven to consume the soldiers. When Jesus’ disciples want to do something similar, Jesus rebukes them, reminding us that we of the new covenant are to fight the battle of the Lord with different kinds of weapons. Elijah …

The Tragic Results of Sin

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 1 Kings 21-22 We see the smallness of Ahab’s character, that he should sulk because he cannot enlarge his property. We see the courage of Naboth, that he should stand against the king rather than give up the inheritance of his forefathers. We see the evil heart of Jezebel that she should plot murder. We see the interest of God in the affairs of human beings, that He should tell His prophet to bring His message condemning the …

The Prophet and the King

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 1 Kings 19-20 Elijah the prophet was “a man of like nature with ourselves” says James. At this point he experiences the modern phenomenon of “burnout.” He had been so brave, but now the threat of Jezebel sends him running. The story shows that God knew he needed rest and food. We must put the spiritual first, yet always realize we are human beings who have physical limitations. Most people do not work hard enough for the Lord, …

Victory for Truth

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 1 Kings 17-18 During the reign of wicked Ahab, king of Israel, God raised up a true prophet, Elijah. He told Ahab there would be no rain, and there was none. During the famine God provided for Elijah, first through ravens and then through a widow. To the widow he spoke those words repeated over and over in the Bible, “Fear not.” This is God’s message to us also, to not be afraid, whatever the problem, for God …