Ep. 143: Death of Elisha
Jehu’s son became king after his father died. Unfortunately he wasn’t a good king. Still, he sought the Lord’s help once, and the Lord helped him.
His son was Jehoash. During his reign, Elisha became sick and was about to die. The king knelt down beside the prophet’s bed and cried. He said, “My father, my father, the chariots and horsemen of Israel!”
Elisha said to him, “Go get your bow and some arrows.”
When the king came back with them, the prophet said, “Grab the bow.” So the king grabbed the bow. The man of God then put his hand on top of Jehoash’s hand and said, “Now, open the window.”
The king opened the window. Elisha said, “Shoot an arrow out the window.” So Jehoash shot an arrow out the window.
Elisha said, “That was the Lord’s arrow of victory. You’ll have victory over Syria. Now grab a handful of arrows and hit them on the ground.”
Jehoash grabbed some arrows and hit the ground three times and stopped. The prophet yelled at him. “Why did you only hit the ground three times? You should’ve hit it five or six times. Then you would have totally defeated Syria and brought an end to them. Now you’ll only defeat them three times.”
Elisha died and was buried in a tomb. The following spring, some Israelites were conducting a funeral. Suddenly they saw some men coming, and realized they were Moabite raiders. The men from Israel threw the body into Elisha’s tomb and ran away. As soon as the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up.
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