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Summary: This passage teaches us how easy it easy to serve God in a way pleasing to him.

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Serving God

Scripture Reference: II Kings 4:8-17 (KJV)

8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. 9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. 10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. 11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there. 12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him. 13 And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. 14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. 15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. 16 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. 17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.

INTRODUCTION

I received an email from a friend the other day that had a poem attached to it. The poem was extremely touching and I would like to share it with you. The significance of this poem is that the three main characters the mother, angel and doctor were being obedient to God and neither of them attempted to operate outside of their realm.

Angel Knocking at the Door

There came a frantic knock

At the doctor’s office door,

A knock, more urgent than

he had ever heard before.

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"Come in, Come in,"

the impatient doctor said,

"Come in, Come in,

before you wake the dead."

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In walked a frightened little girl,

a child no more than nine,

It was plain for all to see,

she had troubles on her mind.

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"Oh doctor, I beg you,

please come with me,

My mother is surely dying,

she’s as sick as she can be."

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"I don’t make house calls,

bring your mother here,"

"But she’s too sick,

so you must come or she will die I fear."

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The doctor, touched by her devotion,

decided he would go,

She said he would be blessed,

more than he could know.

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She led him to her house

where her mother lay in bed,

Her mother was so very sick

she couldn’t raise her head.

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But her eyes cried out for help

and help her the doctor did,

She would have died that very night

had it not been for her kid.

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The doctor got her fever down

and she lived through the night,

And morning brought the doctor signs,

that she would be all right.

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The doctor said he had to leave

but would return again by two,

And later he came back to check,


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