2 Kings 13* Reign of Jehoahaz. (1-9) Jehoash, king of Israel, Elishadying. (10-19) Elisha's death, The victories of Jehoash. (20-25)1-9 It was the ancient honour of Israel that they were apraying people. Jehoahaz, their king, in his distress, besoughtthe Lord; applied himself for help, but not to the calves; whathelp could they give him? He sought the Lord. See how swift Godis to show mercy; how ready to hear prayer; how willing to finda reason to be gracious; else he would not look so far back asthe ancient covenant Israel had so often broken, and forfeited.Let this invite and engage us for ever to him; and encourageeven those who have forsaken him, to return and repent; forthere is forgiveness with him, that he may be feared. And if theLord answer the mere cry of distress for temporal relief, muchmore will he regard the prayer of faith for spiritual blessings. 10-19 Jehoash, the king, came to Elisha, to receive his dyingcounsel and blessing. It may turn much to our spiritualadvantage, to attend the sick-beds and death-beds of good men,that we may be encouraged in religion by the living comfortsthey have from it in a dying hour. Elisha assured the king ofhis success; yet he must look up to God for direction andstrength; must reckon his own hands not enough, but go on, independence upon Divine aid. The trembling hands of the dyingprophet, as they signified the power of God, gave this arrowmore force than the hands of the king in his full strength. Bycontemning the sign, the king lost the thing signified, to thegrief of the dying prophet. It is a trouble to good men, to seethose to whom they wish well, forsake their own mercies, and tosee them lose advantages against spiritual enemies. 20-25 God has many ways to chastise a provoking people. Troublecomes sometimes from that point whence we least feared it. Themention of this invasion on the death of Elisha, shows that theremoval of God's faithful prophets is a presage of comingjudgments. His dead body was a means of giving life to anotherdead body. This miracle was a confirmation of his prophecies.And it may have reference to Christ, by whose death and burial,the grave is made a safe and happy passage to life to allbelievers. Jehoash was successful against the Syrians, just asoften as he had struck the ground with the arrows, then a stopwas put to his victories. Many have repented, when too late, ofdistrusts and the straitness of their desires.
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