May 1 — 2 Kings 3-5

2 Kings 3 — Moab Rebels Against Israel
2 Kings 4 — Elisha Performs Many Miracles
2 Kings 5:1-14 — Naaman Healed of Leprosy
2 Kings 5:15-27 — Gehazi’s Greed and Punishment

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One Reply to “May 1 — 2 Kings 3-5”

  1. Chapter 3 records a successful campaign of a unified Northern and Southern kingdom (plus a bonus alliance with Edom) as they unite to march against Moab. In addition, Elisha is consulted and God provides a miracle in supplying water. “The fury against Israel was great; they withdrew and returned to their own land” (2 Kings 3:27) tells us the battle was incomplete. Even though God was with them, they didn’t complete the campaign. It appears that they were not truly committed to God, though God’s deliverance was evident, their hearts were not on God’s will for them. Like an impurity in silver that must be completely removed before enjoying the luster of the precious metal, Israel (through King Joram) holds onto its idol worship (clinging “to the sins of Jeroboam…did not turn away from them” (3:3). They almost got to the finish line…almost. Lord please purify my heart, refine me through the fire of the trials of these days and mold me into the servant you want me to be this day. Give me the strength to let go of whatever idols I cling onto…especially the ones I don’t even recognize.

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