He Rescues Them. Through You And Me.
2 Kings 4:1-7 NKJV
1 A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.
2 So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”
3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors – empty vessels; do not gather just a few.
4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”
5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out.
6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased.
7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”
The past few times in my learning and studying of this Bible passage, I saw how the woman operated in faith towards the words of God through the prophet Elisha. I learnt how it was in her going out to gather empty vessels that what she had left at home could more than provide for her needs.
Another key learning and application point I received was how as disciples of Christ, we ought to role model Elisha who hears the cries of the helpless with compassion. Elisha does not regard the woman as yet another downtrodden destitute person whose problems are too huge for him and so simply passes her by. Elisha heeds God’s call to minister to the woman’s needs by the grace and power of God.
Today, God reveals to me another perspective and insight from this passage from 2 Kings 4:1-7. The woman’s children are at the risk of being taken captive of by the creditors. Not only the woman’s livelihood is at stake, the next generation is facing the harsh reality of being taken away from the Godly household.
In the context of today, our next generation faces much temptation and many have already been enslaved by addiction of various sorts. The generation of today and the next and the next, are living in perilous times where deceits and ploys of the devil are increasingly tipping the people over to darkness.
It could be our children having been led astray by the pleasures and influences of the society and have taken to addiction to video games, ungodly relationships, pornography and crude talks. It could be our spouse having turned cold towards God and no longer running the family in a manner that glorifies God. It could be our colleagues being consumed by pursuit of wealth and social status and not recognizing the purpose and meaning of life God has intended for them.
Could it be that our family, our community, our nation and our world are facing the threat of being enchained and enslaved by the patterns of the world, like the woman’s children at the danger of being taken away and made slaves to the creditors?
Can the situation be turned around? How is this very realistic trend we see all around going to be reversed?
Brothers and sisters in Christ, God is sending His Word to you and me today just as He sent His Word to the widow through Elisha.
The oil that is needed to deliver the children, youth, men and women of this generation and generations to come, from the snares of the evil one is found in the House of God. We are called, every one of us, to go out to gather people from everywhere – our family, neighborhood, workplace, school, this nation and nations beyond. Gather them and bring them back into the House of God where the oil is found. Pour out the Gospel, the love of Christ, the new life found in Him, into these precious lives.
When every one in the House of God keeps on doing this, the empty and broken lives we bring in to God’s presence are going to be filled and restored. Then, like the woman in 2 Kings chapter 4, we find that the lives of those who once were at the brim of being enslaved, are saved by the power of our Almighty God.
This is the glorious call from God to the Body of Christ. Take it up and live it out in obedience and earnestness, brothers and sisters in Christ.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, all praise and glory to You for You are the loving Father and Almighty God to all the people of the earth. Indeed, all that we have in the House of God are for the pouring of Your life, love and light into the lives of those who have not found You. And all of us who are part of this Body of Christ are called to go out there to bring these people into Your House, help and guide them to shut the door to the traps and temptations of the devil, and open the door of their hearts to Your love and salvation. I pray that all of us as disciples of Christ, live worthy of Your calling. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”