DEVOTIONAL: Elisha's Bones
February 11, 2001

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2 Kings 13:20-21

"And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year. And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men, and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet."

How unusual: this, the last miracle done by Elisha, after his death. Or rather, it was performed by the anointing, the mantle, that rested upon Elisha.

Elisha has asked for, and received a double portion from the Lord. By my count, Elijah performed ten miraculous works and Elisha performed twenty: exactly twice as many, a double portion.

Too, Elijah was the forerunner of Elisha: he came before him and, if you will, prepared the way for him. Later, Malachi was to prophecy that Elijah would come before the great and dreadful day of the Lord. All the Jews held that Elijah must come before the Messiah would appear, and truly Jesus indicates that he has come, in the appearance of John the Baptist. And so, Elisha was a type of Christ.

I was lying flat on my back this afternoon, feeling quite ill and not moving much more than those old bones of Elisha laying in that sepulchre. My youngest daughter, Joanna, approached my bedside and brought me my bible. She said that I needed it. I looked at it as she put it in my hands. I did not feel like reading it. I remarked to her, as I tried to work up a smile over the distress of the stomach flu, that "the word of God worketh like a medicine."

Twelve hours later, I awoke at 3:15 AM, still having not moved from my place and still feeling miserable. Neither had I heard the Lord speaking through the mouth of my babe. I reached for the bible and began to read this story about Elisha and his anointed bones. As I completed it, I lay there and spoke up to the Lord. I said, Lord, why did you do this unusual miracle through Elisha as his last miracle? He was a type, a shadow of you Lord. Why did you do this?

The Lord spoke back to me and said: "Have not all of you sprung to life by contact with my bones? Everything springs to life from my death."

And so, I too began to recover from that hour.

Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ

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