October 6, Reading 1 – 2 Kings 6:1-23

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SAA Notes

The axe-head miracle testifies that our labour in not in vain in the Lord. God is no man’s debtor. These men were building a prophets’ retreat. Verse 17 reminds us of Jesus’ words on His parables: “Though seeing, they do not see …” We need our eyes opened!

SJA Notes

“Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

What a wonderful truth Elisha has for the city.

Do not be afraid!

From a human perspective, it was all fear. The city was surrounded by a mighty Syrian army, angry and out for Elisha’s blood.

But that’s the thing – From “our” perspective.

We can often slip and fall into thinking from an earthly point of view, forgetting the spiritual realities.

As Hebrews 11 tells us,

“Now faith is the assurance for things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Elisha knew there was an even mightier army protecting them.

And his words of exhortation to his servant us for us today. How apt they are!

“Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

It can feel so low today, so many things going wrong, so much anger and evil directed at God’s people, at our Lord.

But we have an assurance and a conviction in Jesus! In the temple not made with hands, in the heavenly realities.

Praise God for this hope! Listen to Elisha, to Joshua and Moses – Fear not! The Lord is with us!

* Dear Lord,

Thank You for our hope, the strong and steadfast hope in glory, in the eternal life we have in knowing You.

Thank You that those who are for us are more than those who are against us.

Amen.

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