2 Kings Chapter 3
7 And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses.
9 So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days' journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them.
11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may enquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.
13 And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
25 And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the wells of water, and felled all the good trees: only in Kirharaseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers went about it, and smote it.
27 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.
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2 Kings Chapter 3 Bible commentary...
Jehoram, king of Israel. (1-5) War with Moab, The intercession of Elisha. (6-19) Water supplied, Moab overcome. (20-27)1-5 Jehoram took warning by God's judgment, and put away the image of Baal, yet he maintained the worship of the calves. Those do not truly repent or reform, who only part with the sins they lose by, but continue to love the sins that they think to gain by.
6-19 The king of Israel laments their distress, and the danger they were in. He called these kings together, yet he charges it upon Providence. Thus the foolishness of man perverteth his way, and then his heart fretteth against the Lord, #Pr 19:3|. It was well that Jehoshaphat inquired of the Lord now, but it had been much better if he had done it before he engaged in this war. Good men sometimes neglect their duty, till necessity and affliction drive them to it. Wicked people often fare the better for the friendship and society of the godly. To try their faith and obedience, Elisha bids them make the valley full of pits to receive water. Those who expect God's blessings, must dig pools for the rain to fill, as in the valley of Baca, and thus make even that a well, #Ps 84:6|. We need not inquire whence the water came. God is not tied to second causes. They that sincerely seek for the dew of God's grace, shall have it, and by it be made more than conquerors.
20-27 It is a blessing to be favoured with the company of those who have power with God, and can prevail by their prayers. A kingdom may be upheld and prosper, in consequence of the fervent prayers of those who are dear to God. May we place our highest regard upon such as are most precious in his account. When sinners are saying Peace, peace, destruction comes upon them: despair will follow their mad presumption. In Satan's service and at his suggestion, such horrid deeds have been done, as cause the natural feelings of the heart to shudder; like the king of Moab's sacrificing his son. It is well not to urge the worst of men to extremities; we should rather leave them to the judgment of God.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Eaglesrock's 2 Kings Chapter 3 comment on 4/25/2015, 5:50pm...
Elisha left everything to be with Elijah. Elijah had been his master, walking alongside him and teaching him the ministry of a prophet. They left the promise land and cross on dry ground to the other side. Elijah insisted that Elisha leave him., he repeated three times: Stay here, the Lord has sent me to Bethel. but Elisha s reply was always the same: As surely as the Lord lives and you live, I will not leave you. 2 Kings 2 . Some of us would have given up at Elijah s insistence, but not Elisha. He would go with Elijah until the very end. The Bible emphasizes the importance of preserving to the end without giving up. Faithfulness is one of the secrets to staying in the house of God and discovering His purpose for our lives. When Elijah attached a condition to the request, he was teaching Elisha that the answer depended only on him. It didn t depend on Elijah. Elijah s condition, If you see me didn t only mean that Elisha would have to see Elijah ascending, it had a deeper meaning as well: it meant seeing him as Father.
Noah Mwedzi's 2 Kings Chapter 3 comment on 11/30/2014, 2:51am...
The issue of consulting a prophet in this case, reminds us of how important these Great Man of God are,and we surely must emulate the same. There is a great number of such great Man of God in our midst today, are we listening to the msgs they give us always? No we re insteady found wanting as we tend to persecute them with insults and blasphemy. Saints let us heed to the calling of God and remain blameproof as we tarry on steadfastly and immovable. God Bless.
Bisi's 2 Kings Chapter 3 comment on 8/16/2014, 6:18am...
Our God is the only one that specialises in solving impossibilities, Jehoshaphat 's life is a challenge to me in love, devotion to God and love toward fellow brethren. He endangered his life when he followed Ahab to battle yet he did the same for his son but not without consulting with the man of God. We today 's christian should emulate this, we should help others who needs our help.
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