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Elisha and the Shunammite Woman

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Sermon shared by Charles Wall, Jr.

August 2008
Summary: God is a god who can change the unchangeable and it is an easy thing in the eys of the Lord to accomplish and thus He shows himself to be our great and faithful provider. Let will see these 3 truths again today.
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Over the past few weeks I have been sharing w/ you some insights from my reading in 1 & 2 Kings. And I would like to take 2 more weeks because there is a theme being presented & expanded on in these 3 chapters of 2 Kings. The backdrop is the ministry of Elisha but the real story is the truth presented about God & His involvement in the lives of His children.

Let’s do a quick review:

• 2 Kings 2:19-22 – The Power of God to Change the Unchangeable.

The people of Jericho faced an impossible situation. The spring produced polluted water thereby making it undrinkable & the land unfruitful. And to make matters worse, there was nothing that could be done to remedy the situation. It was an unchangeable situation.

Yet, some men of the city recognized the authenticity of Elisha as a prophet of God & thereby God’s representative. And so they went to Elisha. In response to their humble req
uest & expectant faith God performed a miracle & changed the unchangeable.
The challenge to us was - are there unchangeable situations, be it a person, situation or whatever – are there any unchangeable situations you are facing? Maybe it has gone on for years & you have resigned yourself to the fact that it or they will never change. If so, I send you to the God who has the power to change the unchangeable.

• 2 Kings 3 – (v.18) “It is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord”

In this 2nd story we have the kings of Israel, Judah & Edom going to war against the king of Moab. They thought they had come up w/ a good military strategy but it turned into a disaster. They found themselves in the middle of the desert w/o any water & facing imminent death. King Jehoshaphat, being the follower of God in the group, asked if they might call for a prophet & so enter the scene Elisha.

Elisha announces that God will do a miracle. He will provide abundant water out in the middle of the desert. They were instructed to dig trenches & in the morning they were filled w/ water. Through Elisha, God also stated he would deliver the Moabites into their hands & then stated that both of these actions were an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord to acc
omplish.

How encouraging that was. The armies were facing an impossible situation. There was nothing they could do to fix it, solve it or change it. They were going to die, but that which was impossible for them to do anything about was an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord to do.

And as we brought out in that message, the miraculous is a very little thing w/ God. We think just the opposite - that it is a very big thing - but the miraculous requires no effort on God’s part. He does not have to go & rest afterwards because He is drained from the effort. It requires no effort. It is an easy thing for Him to do & therefore it is an easy thing for Him to care for you, provide for you, enable you. And whatever situation you are facing today, that is on your heart today – it is an easy thing for the Lord to deal with. He is not baffled, stumped or frustrated. It requires no emergency meeting of the Godhead. He is the God who has the power to change the unchangeable. There is NO situation which requires more effort than any other situation.

But there was a caution in this particular story. As the armies went forth to battle they did not achieve ultimate victory
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