Thoughts and Reflection
Today we read that Elisha performs more miracles and receive insight and knowledge from the Lord. The King of Syria sends an army against the city in which Elisha and his servant are dwelling. Elisha says to fear not. The Lord opens the eyes of Elisha’s servant who sees the horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha. God has been protecting them the whole time. No matter what is happening, God is present and protecting us.
We need to know the Lord. Our goal is to have an increasingly deeper knowledge of who created us, redeemed us and loves us. How is your relationship with the Lord?
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
2 Kings 6
1 The brotherhood of prophets said to Elisha, ‘Look, the place where we are living with you is too small for us.
2 Let us go to the Jordan, then, and each of us cut a beam there, and we will make our living quarters there.’ He replied, ‘Go.’
4 and went with them. On reaching the Jordan they began cutting down timber.
7 ‘Lift it out,’ he said; and the man stretched out his hand and took it.
8 The king of Aram was at war with Israel. He conferred with his officers and said, ‘You must attack at such and such a place.’
10 The king of Israel accordingly sent men to the place which Elisha had named. And he kept warning the king, and the king stayed on the alert; and this happened more than once or twice.
15 Next day, Elisha got up early and went out; and there surrounding the town was an armed force with horses and chariots. ‘Oh, my lord,’ his servant said, ‘what are we to do?’
18 As the Aramaeans came down towards him, Elisha prayed to Yahweh, ‘I beg you to strike these people sun-blind.’ And, at Elisha’s word, he struck them sun-blind.
23 So the king provided a great feast for them; and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them off and they went back to their master. Aramaean raiding parties never invaded the territory of Israel again.
25 In Samaria there was great famine, and so strict was the siege that the head of a donkey sold for eighty shekels of silver, and one quarter-kab of wild onions for five shekels of silver.
27 ‘If Yahweh does not help you,’ he retorted, ‘where can I find help for you? From the threshing-floor? From the winepress?’
32 Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. The king sent a messenger ahead but, before the man arrived, Elisha had said to the elders, ‘Do you see how this son of a murderer has given orders to cut off my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door; hold the door against him. Isn’t that the sound of his master’s step behind him?’
2 Kings 7
1 ‘Listen to the word of Yahweh,’ Elisha said. ‘Yahweh says this, “By this time tomorrow a measure of finest flour will sell for one shekel, and two measures of barley for one shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” ‘
2 The equerry on whose arm the king was leaning retorted to Elisha, ‘Even if Yahweh made windows in the sky, could this word come true?’ ‘You will see it with your own eyes,’ Elisha replied, ‘though you will eat none of it.’
4 If we decide to go into the city, what with the famine in it, we shall die there; if we stay where we are, we shall die just the same. Come on, let us go over to the Aramaean camp; if they spare our lives, we live; if they kill us, well, then we die.’
5 So at dusk they set out and made for the Aramaean camp, but when they reached the confines of the camp there was not a soul there.
6 For Yahweh had caused the Aramaeans in their camp to hear a noise of chariots and horses, the noise of a great army; and they had said to one another, ‘Listen! The king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings against us, to attack us.’
8 The men with skin-disease, then, reached the confines of the camp. They went into one of the tents and ate and drank, and from it carried off silver and gold and clothing; these they took and hid. Then they came back and, entering another tent, looted it too, and took and hid their booty.
9 Then they said to one another, ‘We are doing wrong. This is a day of good news, yet we are holding our tongues! If we wait till morning, we shall certainly be punished. Come on, let us go and take the news to the palace.’
10 Off they went and shouted out to the guards on the city gate, ‘We have been to the Aramaean camp. There was not a soul there, no sound of anyone, only tethered horses and tethered donkeys, and their tents just as they were.’
12 The king got up while it was still dark and said to his officers, ‘I can tell you what the Aramaeans have done to us. They know we are starving, so they have left the camp to hide in the open country. “They will come out of the city,” they think, “we shall catch them alive and get into the city.”‘
16 Then the people went out and plundered the Aramaean camp: a measure of finest flour sold for one shekel, and two measures of barley for one shekel, as Yahweh had promised they would.
17 The king had detailed the equerry, on whose arm he leaned, as commander of the guard on the gate, but the people trampled on him in the gateway and he died, as the man of God had foretold when the king had come down to him.
19 And the equerry in question had replied to the man of God, ‘Even if Yahweh made windows in the sky, could this word come true?’ ‘You will see it with your own eyes,’ Elisha had answered, ‘though you will eat none of it.’
3 This is why the country is in mourning and all its citizens pining away, the wild animals also and birds of the sky, even the fish in the sea will disappear.
6 My people perish for want of knowledge. Since you yourself have rejected knowledge, so I shall reject you from my priesthood; since you have forgotten the teaching of your God, I in my turn shall forget your children.
7 The more of them there have been, the more they have sinned against me; they have bartered their Glory for Shame.
8 They feed on the sin of my people, they are greedy for their iniquity.
12 they consult their block of wood, and their stick explains what they should do. For an urge to go whoring has led them astray and whoring they go and desert their God;
13 they offer sacrifice on the mountain tops, they burn incense on the hills, under oak and poplar and terebinth, for pleasant is their shade. So, although your daughters play the whore and your daughters-in-law commit adultery,
14 I shall not punish your daughters for playing the whore nor your daughters-in-law for committing adultery, when the men themselves are wandering off with whores and offering sacrifice with sacred prostitutes, for a people with no understanding is doomed.
16 for Israel is as stubborn as a stubborn heifer; so is Yahweh likely to pasture him like a lamb in a broad meadow?
1 Hear this, you priests, listen, House of Israel, pay attention, royal House, for it is you who have justice in your care, but you have been a snare at Mizpah and a net outspread on Tabor.
5 Israel’s arrogance is his accuser, the guilt of Israel and Ephraim is their undoing, Judah too will be undone with them.
8 Sound the horn in Gibeah, the trumpet in Ramah, raise the war cry in Beth-Aven, ‘We are behind you, Benjamin!’
9 When the day of punishment comes, Ephraim will be a wasteland; on the tribes of Israel I have pronounced certain doom.
13 Once Ephraim realised that he was sick and Judah that he had an ulcer, Ephraim then went to Assyria, he sent messengers to the Great King; but he has no power to cure you or to heal you of your sore;
14 for I shall be like a lion to Ephraim, like a young lion to the House of Judah; I myself shall rend them, then go my way, shall carry them off, beyond hope of rescue.
6 for faithful love is what pleases me, not sacrifice; knowledge of God, not burnt offerings.
9 Like so many robbers in ambush, a gang of priests commits murder on the road to Shechem- what infamous behaviour!
10 At Bethel I have seen a horrible thing; there Ephraim plays the whore, Israel is befouled.
1 Whenever I would heal Israel, I am confronted by the guilt of Ephraim and the evil-doings of Samaria; for deceit is their principle of behaviour; the thief breaks into the house, marauders raid in the open;
4 They are all adulterers, hot as an oven which the baker need not stoke from the time he has kneaded the dough until it rises.
7 yes, all of them as hot as ovens, they consume their rulers. All their kings have fallen thus, not one of them has ever called on me.
9 Foreigners have eaten his strength away but he is unconscious of it; even his hair is turning grey but he is unconscious of it.
15 Though I supported and gave strength to their arms, they plan how to hurt me.
1 [Of David] Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths of my being, his holy name;
2 bless Yahweh, my soul, never forget all his acts of kindness.
4 he redeems your life from the abyss, crowns you with faithful love and tenderness;
5 he contents you with good things all your life, renews your youth like an eagle’s.
8 Yahweh is tenderness and pity, slow to anger and rich in faithful love;
11 As the height of heaven above earth, so strong is his faithful love for those who fear him.
13 As tenderly as a father treats his children, so Yahweh treats those who fear him;
15 As for a human person — his days are like grass, he blooms like the wild flowers;
19 Yahweh has fixed his throne in heaven, his sovereign power rules over all.