The Shunammite Woman
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Summary: The older I get, the more often I wonder what kind of mark Iíve made on the world. In this study we see a women, though nameless, the Bible says she was great!
Tags: Miracle, Gehazi, Raise The Dead, Parallel, Elisha, Rich Woman, Service, Content, Ot Characters, Her Age, Her Name (add tag)
Denomination: Christian/Church of Christ
Audience: Believer adults
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- The united kingdom (Saul, David, Solomon) has
divided (931 BC)
- 10 Northern Tribes (Dan, Benjamin, Reuben, Gad,
Ephraim, Issachar, Zebulun, Asher, Naphtali, both
1/2 tribes of Manesseh) follow Jeroboam (as prophet
Ahijah said) Southern Tribe of Judah (Simeon by now
been consumed) followed Rehoboam
- Our Text takes place around 850 BC - Jehoram (son
of Ahab & Jezebel) is the Northern king (not to be
confused with the Southern King of 2 K 8:16-17, son
of Jehoshaphat (jih-haush-uh-fat) who reigns Judah
about the same time). He was judged less harshly
in the Bible than his parents because he ďput away
the pillar of Baal which his father had madeď (2
- Elisha was Godís prophet to the Northern kingdom.
He was the son of a farmer, Shaphat, an understudy
of Elijah who found him behind oxen and plow (the
12th, 11 of which he was directing). At Elijahís
ascension into heaven, Elisha picked up the mantle
he had been anointed with, tore his own, used it to
part the Jordan, and began his prophecy.
Introduction: The older I get, the more often I wonder what kind of mark Iíve made on the world. When Iím dead and gone, will it have made any difference that Iíve lived on this earth? We are going to study a women, who is nameless - weíll have to wait Ďtill we get to heaven to find it out, but notice what our text says about her (vs. 8) - She was great! Talk about leaving your mark! In Godís divine word, which will endure eternity, this un-named women is characterized as great.
What She Wasnít: Itís impressive to me to note the things she wasnít.
- Apparently she isnít from royal blood
- Nothing indicates that she has great rank, or
wealth, or high social status
- She apparently wasnít endowed with great
knowledge, or skill
- She wasnít strikingly beautiful such as Sarah, or
Bathsheba, or Esther
- She didnít save her people as did Esther, nor lead
her people to God, as did the Samaritan women by
- She wasnít a great leader or judge, like Deborah
she didnít even have a child who became great,
like Hannah, or Jochebed
So why study about her? We can imitate the same reasons for greatness that characterized her existence.
The Story Begins: (vs. 8)
Elisha is traveling through a little town called Shunem. This was his job, he was a ďtraveling preacher,Ē going from town-to-town, proclaiming Godís will. We have them today (guest speakers).
This women, for whatever the reason, was willing to ďkeep the preacher.Ē
Point #1 to Greatness - Her Spirit of Service (vs. 9-10)
Itís a curious thing to me, the text doesnít give us her name, but takes time to identify the specific items of furniture in the room (list in vs. 10)
This is the first reason for her greatness - it was her service!
What she did didnít make front page of the Shunem Gazette. Frankly, I doubt if anyone in town even knew about it, or took notice. Who noticed this womenís spirit of service? God did!
I think we often struggle today with service because we think it has to be some great act. If itís not some great, newsworthy deed (saving a life or something) itís not worth the effort. What kind of service is God looking for out of us? Matt. 25:22-40 (turn & read). If a neighbor
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