The Axe Head, and The Syrian Host

2 kgs 6:1-33

The powerful ministry of Elisha continued today with notable mentions of further miracles. As the sons of the prophets went about expanding their dwelling, a borrowed axe head fell into the Jordan river, and there and then, we had Elisha’s next miracle – a Physics defying act. Elisha cut down a stick and threw it in the place where the metal dropped and the iron did swim.

Next was the “taming” of the Syrian army. When the Syrian king discovered that his attempts to conquer Israel were being thwarted by Elisha’s ability to reveal his secret war tactics to the king of Israel, he decided to send his army to capture the man of God. The great host compassed Dothan, the city where Elisha was by midnight. When Elisha’s alarmed servant cried out to him, the man of God told him not to be afraid, he prayed his eyes to be opened and he indeed saw that the host of God who were for them were greater than the physical host against them. It was a whole spiritual army with chariots of fire.

When the Syrian army came, Elisha prayed and they were smitten with blindness. He then led them away from Dothan to Samaria, and on reaching Samaria prayed that their eyes be opened again. It was here that they saw that they were in Samaria. Elisha however told the king of Israel not to smite them, but to prepare food and water for them. So they ate and went back to Syria and came no more to Israel. The host of heaven indeed won in a simpler and easier way.

The conclusion of the chapter introduces us to what’s to come in the next chapter. Ben-hadad of Syrian besieged Israel and there was famine in the land to the extent that women were “eating their sons”. The situation needed an urgent solution as the king threatened to behead Elisha, sending his servant to call the man of God. What happened next? Follow the post as we discovered together.

Some verses to remember

vs 6: And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.

vs 17: And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

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