07/05/2018 — 2 Kings 12-13 & 2 Chronicles 24

To me one of the marvelous aspects of this reading program is I find myself reading not only the history of Judah and Israel but re-discovering details I had either never really put into focus or remembered.

This happened during today’s reading.  After all of the miracles Elisha had performed and the guidance he offered Israel I was a emotionally disappointed when I read the first part of 2 King 13:20  Elisha died and was buried. 

My initial feeling was “you mean that’s it for Elisha.”  Well, this is certainly “anticlimactic”  for such a Biblical hero.  No weeping or memorial ceremony was mentioned; no eulogy from Kings or priests at all for this great man of God.  Then I kept reading:

Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. 21 Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.

Now, that is more like it — the way to conclude the continued & eternal story of Elisha, the Biblical Old Testament “Miracle Worker.”

 

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