Friday, May 19, 2023


Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 13-14

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


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.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


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 if they were 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.


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, JESUS, Amen!!!


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’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,


10 thoughts on “Friday, May 19, 2023

  1. Have thine own way, Lord, have thine own way.
    You are the potter; we are the clay.

    Thank You, Father, for all Your many blessings. Use all Your people for Your good purposes today, in Jesus’s great name, amen

    Prayers also, Lord for the physical and spiritual fires in Alberta. We need Your intervention, Father, so we ask in the mighty name of Jesus, amen

  2. Oh Lord, we need You desperately. We pray for our country of Canada, for our leaders and for all people, may our hearts turn to You, and acknowledge You as our Lord and Saviour.
    I join with everyone, praying for the fires in Alberta, Lord extinguish the fires for Jesus sake.

  3. In agreement with you brothers and sisters. Praying for our country and for those facing real difficulties, ie: fires, floods, and, violence. God is our Shield, Provider, and, Protector. Thank You Lord. Amen

  4. Amen to the prayers
    In Jesus name I pray for Alberta for the fires and for their election. I pray the electors will vote the Bible. That they will pray before voting that they will elect those that are following Godly principles

  5. Praying along with all you dear people for our beautiful country and for the wildfires burning amok, to stop and we remember to pray for “the peace of Jerusalem”…in Jesus’ holy and matchless name, amen! “God keep our land, glorious and free!”

  6. May all the above be addressed by the Highest Power and the Holy Spirit send abundant rain and healing on this land.Father God please send Your choice of a leader for our land and the other democracies and let them be of one accord in hearing and doing Your biding.Also,Father,please put Your healing hand on little Ruby’s heart,on all bloggers and on Beverlee.In the mighty name of Jesus I pray.Amen !
    The King’s Task

    Set fire to my soul,oh Lord,
    Make me burn with truth and love,
    So our honour can be restored,
    With wisdom from Your throne above .

    Oh Master,you lifted me up high
    From the depths of hell’s pit,
    To complete me and quell my cry,
    But there’s no debt I can remit.

    You have shared with me your strength
    And buoyed my heart from grief,
    So I can go with you to any length
    To give your words of truth’s relief.

    Sorrow has no power over your word,
    But when Satan’s lies are believed,
    Faith is robbed by what’s inferred,
    So your light now must be retrieved.

    Because of shadows over this land,
    I ask you now to let me speak,
    In words you place in my hand,
    That shows your might beside the meek.

    I seek humility to keep me strong,
    So give me that is all I can ask,
    Then I will seek within the throng,
    With this beggar doing the King’s task.
    G W (Bill) Marshall /January 08, 2013

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