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Click here for today’s reading: 2 Kings 1, 2, 3; Psalms 82; 1 Timothy 1
Here is my SOAP for today, Tuesday, June 19, 2018
2 Kings 1:10 “Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.”
2 Kings 2:9 “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.”
23 “From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys. 25 And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria.”
2 Kings 3:14 “Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you. 15 But now bring me a harpist.”
Psalms 82:8 “Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.”
1 Timothy 1:5 “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
17 “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
18 “Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.”
You have to love that Elisha was so bold as to ask Elijah for a double portion of his spirit! (Anointing?) What would that even look like?? What made him ask that? Were his motives pure? Must have been… he got to see Elijah taken up into heaven on the chariot of fire! Otherwise the Lord would not have allowed him to see that.
And how cool is it that Peter, James and John got to see Elijah (and Moses)!
Now, shall we talk about when those kids called Elisha “baldy,” and he called a curse down on them and they were attacked by bears? Things like that are confusing to me and I don’t fully understand how that was even close to being a good thing… I think we all just kind of justify it under the heading of “the Old Testament was a different time… the rules were different…” as though somehow that makes it ok that 42 boys were mauled… I don’t get it.
Lord, as much as I would love to be able to call fire down from heaven, or case a bear to maul someone, it’s probably better that I not have this ability. Makes me think of the disciples, James and John… “should we call fire down from heaven on them?” Jesus rebuked them…
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”