Christians are commanded to promote the welfare of everyone, including those who are in prison.
Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. (Hebrews 13:3)
Some think this command merely says we are to be concerned about prisoners in general and need to pray for them and enable them to hear the gospel. There are many Christian organizations dedicated to reaching prisoners with the gospel. Perhaps the best known of these is Prison Fellowship. This is certainly a legitimate application of this verse, but I don’t think it is what the author of Hebrews had in mind. When the New Testament was being written Christians often faced severe persecution and many were in prison because of their faith. This statement is a reminder not to forget them. Read the rest of this entry
Are you blind? If you were asked this question I think all of you would answer “No”. After all, you are reading this page right now so that proves you can see. But the Bible has some things to say about blindness that might make you change your mind.
God revealed to Elisha the plans of the king of Syria and Elisha in turn warned the king of Israel.
Once when the king of Syria was warring against Israel, he took counsel with his servants, saying, “At such and such a place shall be my camp.” But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are going down there.” And the king of Israel sent to the place about which the man of God told him. Thus he used to warn him, so that he saved himself there more than once or twice.
2 Kings 6:8-10
The king of Syria learned that Elisha was responsible for his failure to defeat Israel so he decided to capture him. Read the rest of this entry
Anyone who is familiar with the Bible knows of the miracle Jesus performed when he fed 5,000 men, along with their wives and children, with five loaves of bread and two fish. Few are aware that the prophet Elisha performed a similar miracle.
A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And Elisha said, “Give to the men, that they may eat.”
But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred men?”
So he repeated, “Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’”
So he set it before them. And they ate and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.
2 Kings 4:42-44
This miracle was on a much smaller scale than the one Jesus performed since Elisha had twenty loaves while Jesus only had five. We aren’t told how big the loaves were but they must have been smaller than the loaves we buy at the grocery store today or feeding one hundred men with them wouldn’t have been a problem. If the disciples had recalled this incident perhaps they wouldn’t have been so surprised when Jesus fed a much larger crowd with a smaller amount of food.
Naaman was a Syrian general who was also a leper. He came to Elisha for help.
So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.”
2 Kings 5:9-10
He followed Elisha’s instructions and became clean. This convinced him that the God of Elisha was the true God.
Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before him. And he said, “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so accept now a present from your servant.”
But he said, “As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none.”
And he urged him to take it, but he refused. Then Naaman said, “If not, please let there be given to your servant two mule loads of earth, for from now on your servant will not offer burnt offering or sacrifice to any god but the LORD.”
2 Kings 5:15-17
He came to Elisha for physical cleansing but he received spiritual cleansing as well.
Abishai was one of the leaders of David’s army. Second Samuel 23:18,19 says,
Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty. And he wielded his spear against three hundred men and killed them and won a name beside the three. He was the most renowned of the thirty and became their commander, but he did not attain to the three. Read the rest of this entry