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Perhaps it was a tomb not unlike the one above in which Elisha was buried. In this photo you can see the Tomb of the Sons of Hezir and the Tomb of Zechariah on the right.
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Key Verse: 2 Kings 13:21
So it was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha; and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.
Imagine the surprise of the graveyard crew when they were running from the Moabites, to find the man they had just thrown in the tomb of Elisha running after them! Perhaps this is the reason why in some cathedrals the bones of people judged to be very godly are on display. I wouldn’t count on the same thing happening with those bones. Stretch this last of Elisha’s miracles a bit to connect to the bones, as it were of Paul, Peter, John Wesley, and others. When we read their writings, there is a sense that we are touching the very structure of their lives and spiritual life is flowing. There were no bones left behind in the tomb of Jesus (I’ve personally checked it out in both suggested tombs), yet life definitely flows into us from contact with the living Christ. We can never read too often Colossians 2:13-22
If we really like figuring out things, the Jehoash/Joash kings in both the north and the south will prove an enjoyable challenge. Their mother’s names may be the key to solving the puzzle.
We are first introduced to the Prophet Jonah here (2 Kings 14:25). Perhaps Jonah knew that Nineveh, capital city of Assyria, would soon devastate Israel and in an ethnic cleansing move the Assyrians would disperse the ten tribes of the north over the entire world. This may be the reason Jonah headed west to Spain instead of Northeast to Nineveh.
These readings include many references to Chronicles. We’ll be in those books soon. It will test our determination to read and to try to comprehend what we are reading. A good dose of sanctified stubbornness is required to maintain consistency. AMEN!!!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I pray for Your consistency to be strong in me. This is a two-year journey which may well be the most important two years of my life. I’m counting on Your indwelling Presence to keep me true. In Your all-powerful Name, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I should point out that no ministry funds are used for trips such as the one depicted below with Ron and Ann in Petra (the Biblical Selah mentioned in today’s reading). In yesterday’s blog I put pictures of the backpacking trip around Israel with my 14 and 16 year old sons. Norma-Jean would meet us from time to time with food and fresh underwear (too much information). She borrowed a Volkswagen van from our friends, Jay and Meridel Rawlings, who lived in Haifa. We saved for some time to be able to go on that trip. It’s worth every cent we paid and more.
In today’s reading I noticed that Jonah was from Gath Hepher. This is not the “Gath” of the Philistines from which Goliath came. This place is located between Cana of Galilee and Nazareth. It’s now called Mishad. This is the village which figures prominently in the conversion of my Arab son-in-law. I’m well over my 100 words in this segment. I’ll try to remember to tell the story tomorrow, God willing, of how God saved Nizar’s life in the ancestral hometown of Jonah.
Yours for consistency and integrity,
Ron and Ann, who format the blog for me so I only have to fill in the blanks, are in Biblical Selah (now Petra) in the ancient territory of Edom. In today’s reading, Judah conquered this city which is carved out of solid rock. Thanks, Ann and Ron for all your help. I dub you, “Blog Boosters!”