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Understanding The Message

II Kings 2
19 And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren.
20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.
21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.
22 So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.

This passage illustrates one of many instances in God’s Word concerning the prophetic office. We see an example of restoration. In this case the waters were healed and a valuable message delivered. What was the message?

All about relationships, rivers of life need to be coming out of me, not death. We may look ok but if life is not coming out of us, then we must evaluate our relationship with the Lord. The land and water relationship was to be one of life, and although things looked ok, there was something lost.

Break it down it simple terms
The water was to bring life to the land. Understand the standard, God’s expectation
Acknowledge that things appear ok, but that there is a problem confess/acknowledge short coming
Bring me a new cruse obey and the cruse symbolizes the christian vessel of the Lord
Put salt in it salt has several symbolic meanings, obey also
Elisha went and cast it in the prophet takes responsibility to preform the action
Elisha said “The Lord has healed these waters…..” God does the restoring work, Elisha did it in His name

Once again, the miricale comes through obedience, they did what Elisha asked (no arguments or questions)
God used what they had to work with, He needed them to let Him have it and trust Him
They must have had this as it was given to Elisha as requested: simple as it was, they did their part
Isn’t it awesome that the Lord can work with what we are, where we are, and what we have: it is that simple
(ask the boy with loaves and fishes)

The new cruse, a new vessel to carry the healing substance (this was symbolic not substance)
We are the vessels that God fills to carry out His restorative work on Earth
We need newness and refreshing, not to let our relationship go stale, we are cleansed by the blood and washed daily by His Word
You see the Apostles in Acts, setting the priority of staying in prayer and ministry of the word.

Salt has had many meanings in the Bible, it preserves, it adds savor to something, it has useful physical properties, cleansing
We must guard our relationship with the Lord, we must set a premium on eschewing evil and those things that God hates
We need freshness and savor in our Christian life, it is not a burden, if you think being a Christian is dull, you need to review your stand in Christ, if reading the Bible is not a desire, you need to tell God and ask Him to make it an awesome experience to you

This is all about relationship, the water was supposed to bring life to the land, that relationship was lost and the prophet (Elisha in this case casting the salt into the water) brought this relationship back into being. Our relationship with the Lord is to be a living, dynamic, and exciting experience. In prayer, in reading His Word, in worship, in being zealous to doing His will.

Elisha is mindful to stand in the place God set him and give God the glory for doing the work through him.

They understood the message, unlike the disciples after the parable of the sower, no one here had to ask what it meant.

Beloved, all my love
Donny

The hand of the Lord be upon you

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