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Our Journey – Week 28

Reflection Date should have been: July 13th

During Week 28 we journeyed through the readings that share Elijah and Elisha!

Date

July Reading

 

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July 7

1 Kings 17-19

Week 28

 

July 8

1 Kings 20-21

 

July 9

1 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 18

 

July 10

2 Chronicles 19-23

 

July 11

Obadiah; Psalm 82-83

 

July 12

2 Kings 1-4

 

July 13

Prayer  /  Reflection  /  Journal & Bible Reading Catch Up

 

Come join Our Journeyus to read through the Bible Chronologically – this six day plan gives you Sunday off so that you can have a devoted prayer time to reflect and journal on what you’ve read throughout the week! And if needed – a day to catch up on any readings you may have missed. Please know that you can begin with the 1st of the year or at any time you please (and then catch up when you’re able to – maybe even next year)! May God Bless you as you walk and build your relationship closer with Him! 

 Elijah is described here at the Wikipedia site… His commitment to God shocks and challenges us. Elijah’s challenge to us is to focus on developing a relationship with God, walk as God wants us to walk, and share His message – even if it means rejection and isolation. We also learn from Elijah that we need to discern and listen carefully; as God may “speak” to us through a gentle whisper instead of something like a windstorm, an earthquake, or a fire.

 Elisha is described here at the Wikipedia site… We learn from Elisha of his own willingness to follow Elijah and learn in order to gain power to do the work to which God had called him; that we too need to be willing to do what it is that God wants us to do. Elisha shared Gods powerful, yet caring, nature to all who came to him for help. The Bible records 18 encounters between Elisha and needy people. We learn from Elisha that with God there is more to life!
      We too have great examples to follow as Elisha did – both people in Scripture and those who have positively influenced our lives. We must resist the tendency to think about the limitations that our family background or environment create for us. Instead, we should ask God to use us for his purposes – perhaps, like Elijah, to take a stand against great wrongs or, like Elisha, to show compassion for the daily needs of those around us. Ask Him to use you as only He can!

The Life Application NIV Study Bible shares the following chart:
Miracles of Elijah & Elisha, p.553

Baal, the false god worshiped by many Israelites, was the god of rain, fire, and farm crops. He also demanded child sacrifice. Elijah’s and Elisha’s miracles repeatedly show the power of the true God over the purported realm of Baal, as well as the value God p;aces on the life of a child.

Miracle                                          References                         Factors

ELIJAH
1. Food brought by ravens……….. 1 Kings 17:5, 6 ……………. Food
2. Widow’s food multiplied ……… 1 Kings 17:12-16 ………… Flour and oil
3. Widow’s son raised to life ……. 1 Kings 17:17-24 ………… Life of a child
4. Altar and sacrifice consumed .. 1 Kings 18:16-46 ……….. Fire and water
5. Ahaziah’s soldiers consumed .. 2 Kings 1:9-14 …………… Fire
6. Jordan River parted ……………… 2 Kings 2:6-8 …………….. Water
7. Transported to heaven ………… 2 Kings 2:11, 12 …………. Fire and wind

ELISHA
1. Jordan River parted ……………… 2 Kings 2:13, 14 ………… Water
2. Spring purified at Jericho …….. 2 Kings 2:19-22 …………. Water
3. Widow’s oil multiplied ………… 2 Kings 4:1-7 …………….. Oil
4. Dead boy raised to life ……….. 2 Kings 4:18-37 …………. Life of a child
5. Poison in stew purified ………. 2 Kings 4:38-41 …………. Flour
6. Prophets’ food multiplied …… 2 Kings 4:42-44 …………. Bread and grain
7. Naaman healed of leprosy ….. 2 Kings 5:1-14 …………… Water
8. Gehazi became leprous ……… 2 Kings 5:15-27 …………. Words alone
9. Axhead floated …………………. 2 Kings 6:1-7 …………….. Water
10. Aramean army blinded …….. 2 Kings 6:8-23 …………… Elisha’s prayer

Another note I made… 2 Kings 1:13-15

Realize that the third captain, using the same words, came humbly begging for mercy from Elijah. His attitude showed respect for God and His power and saved the lives of his men. Effective living begins with a right attitude toward God. Before religious words come to your mouth, make sure they are from your heart. Let respect, humility, and servanthood characterize your attitude toward God and others.

God Bless, HL

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