May 3, 2006
The ax head made to float; Syrians (Arameans) attack
Ben-hadad was a title of the king of
The once-powerful, luxurious, fortress-city of
When it appeared there was no hope, the Lord again brought Jehoram face to face with Elisha, who proclaimed: Hear ye the Word of the LORD . . . To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria (II Kings 7:1). One of the king's officials ridiculed him, saying: Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? Elisha replied: Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof (7:2).
The prophecy was miraculously fulfilled when God, in His great mercy, sent fear into the hearts of the Syrian army and they hurriedly abandoned their camp leaving their food in abundance for the Israelites. The king's official was trampled to death in the rush for food (7:17).
Obedient Christians need not fear for tomorrow! Instead, we can rejoice in the promises of God, who shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
By Elisha, who wept when he realized what Hazael would do to
6:1 strait =b> small; 6:30 within =b> underneath; 7:5 uttermost part =b> border, outskirts; 8:11 settled his countenance =b> stared intensely; 8:26 daughter =b> granddaughter.
Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in memory of Henry Rogers · Government Officials (listed on their birthdays): Rep. Ralph Hall (TX), Rep. C.L. Otter (ID), Sen. David Vitter (LA), and Sen. Ron Wyden (OR) · Country: Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) (19 million) an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern tip of India · Major languages: Sinhala and Tamil · Christianity suppressed · 67% Buddhist; 15% Hindu; 8% Roman Catholic; 7% Muslim; .75% Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Ask for your daily needs (Luke 11:3).
Memory Verse for the Week: I Kings 11:9