The Shunammite Woman’s son
Sermon shared by Gordon Curley
• And this time Elijah spoke to her personally.
• He gave her a promise that must have thrilled her soul;
• She was going to have a son.
Her reply in verse 16: “Don't mislead your servant”:
• Is equivalent to our modern; “Your kidding!”
• It expressed polite scepticism.
• But in spite of her amazement;
• The promise came true! Grace brought life where once there had been no life.
• Many years ago the English traveller Wilkinson.
• Discovered an Egyptian mummy pit.
• In the pit was a sealed vase, which he sent it to the British Museum.
• But the librarian at the museum managed to drop the vase and break it.
• From the ruins the librarian gathered a few peas.
• They were old, wrinkled and as hard as stones.
• On the 4th June 1844, the peas were planted carefully under a glass.
• Thirty days they had sprouted and were growing well.
• They had been buried as dead, for about 3,000 years,
• Yet were brought to life by the librarian.
God gives new life to dead situations.
• Ill: 2 types of people.
• Rich or poor / wise or foolish / young or old / black or white (no!)
• Dead or alive (spiritually)
• Difference is Jesus Christ.
• Quote John chapter 3 verse 15:
• “Everyone who believes in me will have eternal life”
(3). A great sorrow (verses 18-28).
(1). A dead child (verses 18-21)
“The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers.
19 My head! My head! he said to his father. His father told a servant, Carry him to his mother.
20 After the servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon, and then he died”.
She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and went out.
Verse 18: “The child grew”:
• That is grew through the various stages of Israelite childhood:
• From ‘Yeled’ newborn to ‘Yonek’ nursing baby;
• From ‘Yonek’ nursing baby to ‘Olel’ weaned child.
• From ‘Olel’ weaned child to ‘Taph’ one who clings to mother’s apron.
• From ‘Taph’ to ‘Elem’ one who is strong and able to work in the fields.
• So this child grew through the various stages of Israelite childhood:
One day as the boy was working with his father in the fields he collapsed:
• We don’t know how old the boy was when these events occurred:
• He must have been quite young (7-8) because verse 20 tells us;
• She was still able to sit him on her lap;
• And she was able to carry his limp body up to Elijah's room.
(2). A speedy journey (verses 22-26):