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Validation of the Prophet’s Ministry

Today’s reading: 2 Kings 2:19-4:44

My selection: 2 Kings 3:11-12

And Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?” Then one of the king of Israel’s servants answered, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.” 12 And Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

My reflections: The spirit of Elijah was on Elisha and the word of the Lord was with him. His ministry was validated by a number of miracles. Notice:

1. Prophecies. He proclaimed what God would do accurately both on a personal level to individuals and a national level to the king.

2. Resurrection. He raised a dead boy.

3. Feeding of multitudes. He multiplied food for the sons of the prophets.

There is a parallel here to Jesus’ ministry. Miracles do not occur indiscriminately in the Bible but at times when God is working through someone whose ministry is validated by signs and wonders. Once that ministry was established it was incumbent upon the people of God to listen and heed the words that were proclaimed.

My challenge: We err if we seek signs merely to satisfy our curiosity or to entertain us. Jesus Christ is God’s final word to us (Hebrews 1:1-2). Hear Him. Do not seek another prophet or follow those who claim to have a new word from God.

Tomorrow’s reading: 2 Kings 5:1-8:6

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