I see that just believing in You isn’t the same as walking with You. Believing that You are who You say You are won’t give us Life Eternal (Jn 3:16), we have to be reborn (Jn 3:3).
Because Abraham, Moses, all up to Elisha, had walked with You and because of that 1 anything they did You made work.
Increase of the Widow’s Oil
There was a widow that came to Elisha, and said,
“Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear theLord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.
And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.
Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full” (2 Kgs 4:1-4).
So she did what he told her to do, and ended with more oil then she had vessels for. Elisha then told her to sell the oil and pay her debt and her and her children would be fine.
There came a day that Elisha passed to Shunem, and there was a great woman and she asked him to eat bread, so he did. Later she asked her husband to add another room, with a bed, table, stool, and candlestick so whenever Elisha came by he would stay with them.
And one day Elisha told his servant, Gehazi to summon her and when she came he asked her what he could do for her; if she wanted favors from the king, and she said no, she basically wanted nothing to do with the government, she was happy with her people.
He then asked Gehazi what he could do for her and he told her that she had no children. Elisha then told her that the next year she would have a son. She didn’t believe him, even asked him not to lie to her, but the next year she gave birth to a son.
When the boy was grown and was out working with his father he was injured and died. So she laid him on Elisha’s bed, shut the door, and left. She then said to her husband,
“Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him today? It is neither new moon, nor Sabbath. And she said, It shall be wel” (2 Kgs 4:22-24).
When she arrived to Mount Carmel Elisha saw her and told Gehazi to go her and ask her,
“Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well:
And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the Lord hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.
Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?
Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.
And the mother of the child said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.
And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked” (2 Kgs 4:26-31).
When Elisha reached the woman’s house he saw the dead man on his bed and closed the door and prayed to the Lord. He then went and lay upon the child, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, and hands to hands, and the boy’s body became warm.
He then walked around the house, back and forth, and then stretched himself on the child again and the child sneezed seven times and he opened his eyes.
“And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son.
Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.
And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets.
And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not.
So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof.
But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot.
And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat.
And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the Lord, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof.
So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the Lord” (2 Kgs 3:36-44).
1 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the Judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish” (Ps 1).
2 This is the same that Jesus did with the 4,000 and 5,000 men (Lk 9:13-17; Mk 8:1-9).
The History of The Southern Kingdom
The southern kingdom of Judah came into being when the northern ten tribes broke away from the united monarchy in approximately 930 B.C. (I Kgs 12:1-24).
The remaining kingdom, consisting of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, retained Jerusalem, the capital of the united monarchy, as its capital.
Twenty kings ruled the southern kingdom throughout its 345-year span. All were from the line of David, with one exception – Atha-liah, daughter of Ahab, king of the northern kingdom (2 Kgs 8:18).
She married into the royal Judean family and became queen for six years, from 841-835 B.C. (ch. 11).
Of those twenty kings, seven are attested in records outside the Bible. In addition, seals or seal impressions have been discovered for fifteen Judean officials and priests named in the Bible.
In the fifth year of Rehoboam, the first king of the southern kingdom after the division of the land, Egypt’s Pharaoh Shishak campaigned against Judah, plundering the temple and the royal palace (2 Chr 12:1-9).
Inscribed on a wall of the temple of Amon in Thebes, Egyptis a list of places Shishak conquered. Rehoboam was compelled to buy off Shishak with a large payment of tribute.
While the 9th century B.C. saw skirmishes with the small kingdoms bordering Judah, the 8th century was largely one of peace – the most prosperous era of Judean history.
It is estimated that the population of the southern kingdom was 120,000-150,000 at this time, with the majority of people living in Jerusalem and its environs.
All of this changed, however, with the coming of the Assyrians during the last quarter of the century.
In 701 B.C. Sennacherib ravaged Judah (2 Kgs 18:13), and for the next half century Judah was dominated by Assyria.
When this world power grew weak, Josiah (641-609 B.C.) was able to focus again on internal matters and to lead a religious revival (2 Chr 34:3-35:19).
From 609-605 B.C. the southern kingdom was subject to Egypt (2 Kgs 23:31-35).
With the defeat of Pharaoh Neco at Carchemish by Nebuchadnezzar in 605 B.C., Jerusalem fell under Babylonian domination.
Nebuchadnezzar crushed one rebellion at Jerusalem in 597 B.C. (24:10-16) and 11 years later destroyed the city, bringing the southern kingdom to an end (25:1-21).