The Shunammite Woman, Hazael and More Kings

2 Kgs 8:1-29

This chapter contains almost three distinct stories.

The first is the restoration of the land and house of the Shunammite woman whose son was raised by Elisha. Elisha told her to leave the land because of a seven year famine coming up. So she went to the land of the Philistines, but by the end of the seven year famine, her house and land had been taken. So she went to the king to request for her properties to be restored. The king meanwhile had been inquiring from Gehazi about some of Elisha’s miracles, including the one that involved this woman. So when she came around he ordered that her house and land be restored to her, including all the fruits she had missed on the land.

Secondly, we heard that Elisha went to Damascus, and when sick Ben-hadad was told, he sent Hazael to go inquire from him if he would live. When Elisha saw Hazael, he wept becuase of the vision he saw about him. He saw that Ben-hadad would die, Hazael would become king but also become so cruelto God’s people. hazael himself denied that he would ever be that beastly and departed. Ben-hadad died as Elisha prophesied, and Hazael became king in his stead.

Finally, the chapter touched back on the kings of Israel and Judah. The kings Joram, Jehoram, and Ahaziah were mentioned. None of the kings followed after God. At a point when Joram went to war against hazael of Syria, he was wounded, and went to Ramoth-gilead to recuperate. Ahaziah went to keep him company during this period. What happened next after this?

To be continued.

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