Back to Life!
2 Kings 12-13
I’m really struggling to keep up with who’s who in 2 Kings; like who is the King of what area! Anyway, King Joash, the King of Judah saw that the temple was in disrepair, so he ordered the priests to use some of the contributions to the Lord for repair work. I guess that’s what we still do today to keep our church buildings maintained and in good repair.
In chapter 13 it’s Elisha’s time to die. It says in scripture that Elisha was in his last illness (2 Kings 13:14). This was not as dramatic as when Elijah was taken to heaven in a whirlwind; but Elisha did have a last conversation with King Joash and at this time gave his last prophecy. This involved the King shooting his bow and arrow out of the window and several times at the floor. And then it just says Elisha died and was buried with no spectacular exit, that’s it! (2 Kings 13:20). However, shortly after he was buried, there was an interesting incident involving him, even after he was dead. In 2 Kings 13:20-21:
‘In those days bandit gangs of Moabites used to invade the land each spring. Once some men who were burying a friend spied these marauders so they hastily threw his body into the tomb of Elisha. And as soon as the body touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man revived and jumped to his feet.’
I haven’t noticed this story in the bible before, but how cool! I wonder what this guy’s name was, how he felt and what happened to him after that; it’s a bit of a life changing experience to be brought back to life!
Even though Elisha was dead, his good influence remained and he was involved in causing a miracle even whilst dead! This clearly demonstrated that Elisha was indeed God’s prophet; not that I was in any doubt, having read all about his prophecies and miracles. But this miracle served to show God’s power. Only God can raise people from the dead.
Of course, the most significant miracle involving the defeat of death was when Jesus died on the cross and rose again.
‘Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to the tomb.
Suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled aside the stone and sat on it. His face shone like lightening and his clothing was a brilliant white. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and fell into a dead faint.
Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be frightened!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified, but he isn’t here! For his has come back to life again, just as he said he would…’