Thoughts and Reflection
Today we read about the story of Elisha and the Shunammite women. God has given his people everything they could possibly want, yet they have taken his blessings and offered them to others — idols. Hosea begs the people to turn away from their evil ways. God has unlimited faithfulness but limited time for repentance. Hosea reminds Israel that God loves them, but if they don’t choose him, he will let them go.
This is a good reminder that anyone who loves God wants to spend eternity with him, but we aren’t forced to choose him. If we choose something else, we will get what we deserve.
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 8
1 Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had raised to life, ‘Move away with your family, and live where you can in some foreign country, for Yahweh has called up a famine — it is already coming on the country — for seven years.’
3 When the seven years were over, the woman returned from Philistine territory and went to lodge a claim with the king for her house and land.
5 Gehazi was just telling the king how Elisha had raised the dead child to life, when the woman whose son Elisha had raised lodged her claim with the king for her house and land. ‘My lord king,’ Gehazi said, ‘this is the very woman, and that is her son whom Elisha raised to life.’
6 The king questioned the woman, who told him the story. The king then delegated one of the officials to her with this order, ‘See that all her property is restored to her, and all the revenue from her land from the day she left the country until now.’
9 So Hazael went to meet Elisha, taking with him as a present the best that Damascus could offer, a load for forty camels. He arrived and, presenting himself, said, ‘Your son Ben-Hadad king of Aram has sent me to ask you, “Shall I recover from my illness?”
12 ‘Why’, Hazael asked, ‘does my lord weep?’ ‘Because I know’, Elisha replied, ‘what harm you will do to the Israelites: you will burn down their fortresses, put their picked warriors to the sword, dash their little children to pieces, disembowel their pregnant women.’
13 ‘But what is your servant?’ Hazael said. ‘How could this dog achieve anything so great?’ ‘In a vision from Yahweh,’ Elisha replied, ‘I have seen you king of Aram.’
14 Leaving Elisha, Hazael went back to his master who asked, ‘What did Elisha say to you?’ He replied, ‘He told me that you might recover.’
16 In the fifth year of Jehoram son of Ahab, king of Israel, Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat became king of Judah.
18 He followed the example of the kings of Israel as the House of Ahab were doing; he had married one of Ahab’s daughters; and he did what is displeasing to Yahweh.
19 But Yahweh was unwilling to destroy Judah, because of his servant David, and was faithful to the promise which he had made him to leave him a lamp for ever in his presence.
20 In his time Edom threw off the domination of Judah and set up a king for itself.
23 The rest of the history of Jehoram, his entire career, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah?
28 He went with Jehoram son of Ahab to make war on Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth in Gilead, but the Aramaeans wounded Jehoram.
29 King Jehoram returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds which he had received at Ramah, fighting against Hazael king of Aram. Ahaziah son of Jehoram, king of Judah, went down to Jezreel to visit Jehoram son of Ahab because he was ailing.
1 Put the trumpet to your lips! Like an eagle, disaster is swooping on Yahweh’s home! Because they have violated my covenant and been unfaithful to my Law,
2 in vain will they cry, ‘My God!’ In vain, ‘We, Israel, know you!’
3 Israel has rejected the good, the enemy will pursue them.
10 and because he has rented them from the nations I am now going to round them up; soon they will feel the weight of the king of princes!
12 However much of my Law I write for him, Ephraim regards it as alien to him.
1 No merrymaking, Israel, for you, no rejoicing like other peoples, for you have deserted your God to play the whore, you have loved the fee of prostitution on every threshing-floor.
4 No more will they pour libations of wine to Yahweh, and their sacrifices will not win his favour but will be like funeral fare for them: whoever eats them will be polluted; for their food will be for themselves alone, not being offered in Yahweh’s home.
5 What will you do on the solemn feast-day, on the day of Yahweh’s festival?
8 The watchman of Ephraim is with my God: it is the prophet- and a fowler’s trap is placed on all his paths; and in the shrine of his Godthere is enmity towards him.
10 It was like finding grapes in the desert when I found Israel, like seeing early fruit on a fig tree when I saw your ancestors; but when they reached Baal-Peor they devoted themselves to Shame and became as loathsome as the thing they loved.
15 Their wickedness appeared in full at Gilgal, there I came to hate them. Because of the wickedness of their deeds I shall drive them from my home, I shall love them no longer; all their princes are rebels.
1 Israel was a luxuriant vine yielding plenty of fruit. The more his fruit increased, the more altars he built; the richer his land became, the richer he made the sacred pillars.
3 Then they will say, ‘We have no king because we have not feared Yahweh, but what could the king do for us?’
10 I am coming to punish them; nations will muster against them to punish them for their two crimes.
13 You have ploughed wickedness, you have reaped iniquity, you have eaten the fruit of falsehood. Because you have trusted in your chariots, in your great numbers of warriors,
14 turmoil is going to break out among your people, and all your fortresses will be laid waste. As Shalman laid Beth-Arbel waste on the day of battle, dashing mothers to pieces on their children,
15 so it shall be done to you, Bethel, because of your great wickedness; at dawn, the king of Israel will be no more.
1 [Song Psalm Of David] My heart is ready, God, I will sing and make music; come, my glory!
2 Awake, lyre and harp, I will awake the Dawn!
5 Be exalted above the heavens, God. Your glory over the whole earth!
6 To rescue those you love, save with your right hand and answer us.
7 God has spoken from his sanctuary, ‘In triumph I will divide up Shechem, and share out the Valley of Succoth.
11 if not you, the God who has rejected us? God, you no longer march with our armies.
12 Bring us help in our time of crisis, any human assistance is worthless.