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Strike the Ground

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In we come to the part of scripture where Elisha is getting ready to die. (I wonder if Elisha ever thought that life would end for him the same way it did for his teacher?) Remember that Elijah didn’t see death. Can you serve God when things don’t go for you the way go for others. Elisha had done more miracles than Elijah but it didn’t absolve him from suffering. It wasn’t his failures that disqualified him from missing death…it was his faithfulness that qualified him to die. Because if Elisha doesn’t die then God can’t use him to do what He did with no one else.

14 *Now Elisha had become sick with the illness of which he would die. So Joash the king of Israel went down to him and wept before him, and said, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen.”

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14 *Now Elisha had become sick with the illness of which he would die. So Joash the king of Israel went down to him and wept before him, and said, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen.”
15 Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and arrows.” So he took a bow and arrows. 16 Then he said to the king of Israel, “Draw the bow.” So he drew it. Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.
17 *Then he said, “Open the east window.” So he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot.” So he shot. Then he said, “The arrow of the deliverance of the Lord, and the arrow of deliverance from Aram; for you must strike Aram in Aphek until you have destroyed them.”
18 Then he said, “Take the arrows.” So he took them. Then he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground.” So he struck it three times and stood there. 19 *Then the man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck it five or six times. Then you would have stricken Aram until you had finished them. Now you will strike Aram just three times.”
Modern English Version. (2014). (Thinline Edition, 2 Ki 13:14–19). Lake Mary, FL: Passio.
“My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horseman” Joash was signifying both the relationship he had with Elisha and Elisha’s role in Israel. To Joash, Elisha was Israel’s army. He knew that his prayers were of more value than the soldiers he could place on the battlefield.
14 *Now Elisha had become sick with the illness of which he would die. So Joash the king of Israel went down to him and wept before him, and said, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen.”
15 Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and arrows.” So he took a bow and arrows. 16 Then he said to the king of Israel, “Draw the bow.” So he drew it. Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.
Your prayers are more valuable than any effort you could put into what’s before you.
15 Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and arrows.” So he took a bow and arrows. 16 Then he said to the king of Israel, “Draw the bow.” So he drew it. Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.
17 *Then he said, “Open the east window.” So he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot.” So he shot. Then he said, “The arrow of the deliverance of the Lord, and the arrow of deliverance from Aram; for you must strike Aram in Aphek until you have destroyed them.”
17 *Then he said, “Open the east window.” So he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot.” So he shot. Then he said, “The arrow of the deliverance of the Lord, and the arrow of deliverance from Aram; for you must strike Aram in Aphek until you have destroyed them.”
When Joash comes to Elisha it’s not to make a request…it’s to show him honor before he dies. Many times the word of God that you’re seeking for is not made available because we treat God like customer service.
Anyone ever work retail or in some sort of customer service role? Or anyone have a co-worker or customer that always needs something but doesn’t know how to show appreciation? What happens when that person calls you?
You know sometimes I think that God is saying if you treat me like customer service then I’ll treat you like I’m customer service, but if you treat me like I’m God then I’ll treat you like my child.
And so because he was in a position not to ask, but to honor, God presented Him with an opportunity.

15 Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and arrows.” So he took a bow and arrows. 16 Then he said to the king of Israel, “Draw the bow.” So he drew it. Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.

It’s interesting to me that Elisha had him get the bow ready before he gave him a target to shoot at.

1. Revelation Follows Ready

Don’t stop short
ex. The servants with the talents In : the ones with 10 and 5 doubled what they had. They could have added 1 or 2 and said well I have more than I started with so I can stop working. They could’ve said I’ve done more than than the guy with 1. But instead of stopping short they continued working until their master came back. They wouldn’t have double what thy had if they stopped working early.
18 Then he said, “Take the arrows.” So he took them. Then he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground.” So he struck it three times and stood there. 19 *Then the man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck it five or six times. Then you would have stricken Aram until you had finished them. Now you will strike Aram just three times.”
18 Then he said, “Take the arrows.” So he took them. Then he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground.” So he struck it three times and stood there. 19 *Then the man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck it five or six times. Then you would have stricken Aram until you had finished them. Now you will strike Aram just three times.”
Modern English Version. (2014). (Thinline Edition, 2 Ki 13:14–19). Lake Mary, FL: Passi
Modern English Version. (2014). (Thinline Edition, 2 Ki 13:14–19). Lake Mary, FL: Passio.
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