2 Kings 8:1-9:13
2 Kings 8:4 – Sometimes we think Gehazi is mistreated – he’s just running errands for Elisha (2 Kings 4:12), the Shunamite woman ignores him (2 Kings 4:26), he shoves her away (2 Kings 4:27), and he can’t heal her sick child (2 Kings 4:31). He doesn’t even get to talk to Naaman the Captain of the host of Syria (2 Kings 5:10). When he tries to improve his financial condition he became a leper (2 Kings 5:27). But at the same time he was in communication with the king of Israel.
2 Kings 8:8 – The king of Syria recognized that the man of God transcended national limitations – he spoke for the LORD that transcended borders. Yet at the same time, Elisha wept (2 Kings 8:11) because of what would be done to his people (2 Kings 8:12). That is an interesting line to balance – empathy for your nation, yet integrity recognized by the world.
2 Kings 8:10 – Is Elijah trying to deceive the king? From Ellicott:
Elisha sees through Hazaeľs character and designs, and answers him in the tone of irony which he used to Gehazi in 2Kings 5:26, “Go, tell thy lord—as thou, the supple and unscrupulous courtier wilt be sure to do—he will certainly recover. I know, however, that he will assuredly die, and by thy hand.”
This use of irony is prevalent throughout the books of Kings – and can be difficult to catch especially since we don’t have a widespread “sarcasm font” yet. GotQuestions has a good discussion of irony vs. sarcasm – irony can be appropriate, sarcasm isn’t.
2 Kings 9:13 – Well, it seems the captains of the host of Ahab weren’t too loyal to the house of Ahab. Were they loyal to the LORD and grumbling over the new Baal worship? Or were they just upset that Ahab’s boy got wounded by the Syrians (2 Kings 8:29)?
Acts 16:25 – What did Paul and Silas sing in the prison? Patch the Pirate wrote a song that pulls from the Old Testament that expresses the themes that Paul & Silas may have sang.
Acts 16:27 – The keeper of the prison was asleep – it wasn’t the music that saved him, it was the testimony of the prisoners that led him to ask how he could be saved (Acts 16:30). Yes his house heard the word of the Lord (Acts 16:32), and were saved (Acts 16:31), and baptized (Acts 16:33).
Acts 16:37 – Interestingly Paul didn’t make full use of his Roman “passport” – Paul gladly suffered so he could reach the jailer.
Psalm 143:2 – The Psalmist wants mercy, not justice.
Psalm 143:5 – Note the similarity between this passage and Psalm 119 – the Psalmist asks for God to listen because he knows that God does not hear the prayer of the iniquitous (Psalm 66:18, Proverbs 15:29, 1 Peter 3:12).
The Psalmist says he meditates on God’s Works, muses on them (Psalm 143:5), reaches for God, thirsts for God (Psalm 143:6), and so he can request that God hears him (Psalm 143:7).
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