Topic: Virtues in a Holy Vessel [Wednesday July 5, 2017]
Text: 2 Kings 13:10-25
Key Verse: “And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived” (2 Kings 13:21).
When God picks a man, He honours and dignifies him with His power and spiritual gifts. He equips him to accomplish great tasks for Him. This was the case with Elisha. Armed with a double portion of Elijah’s anointing, Elisha served a crucial role in the socio-political and spiritual history of Israel in his days. He was God’s spokesman to kings and the people.
He was a source of joy to the barren and a terror to Israel’s enemies. The power of God upon Elisha made the king of Israel to humble himself before him. He was a holy vessel whom the Lord used and honoured greatly. The anointing of the LORD defied bodily frailty in Elisha. He, upon his death bed, was able to prophesy the victory of Israel over the Syrians. His prophetic precision that Israel would defeat Syria only three times because the king of Israel ignorantly smote the ground thrice, came to pass. Also, his bones made a dead man to come alive.
This is the only case in which a person’s dead bones performed such a miracle of resurrection in the scriptures; it is a classic instance of God honouring a man, even after his death. Elisha’s amazing anointing points us to some blessings we can abundantly receive through salvation in Christ. We can be keen lovers or seekers of all the Lord could give and remain yielded, humble and steadfast under the teaching and mentorship of real ministers of God. If we consecrate ourselves, we can become sanctified vessels unto honour for God’s use. We must possess unwavering faith and see God’s greatness, instead of the world’s impossibilities. Like Elisha, we should become God’s ambassadors and speak His words fearlessly to all. And finally, God expects us to remain prayerful and faithful till the end.
Thought for the day: There is no limit to what God can do with a holy vessel.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.