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November 13, 2014



2 Kings 4:39-40




Then one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine and gathered from it his lap full of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, for they did not know what they were. So they poured it out for the men to eat. And as they were eating of the stew, they cried out and said, “O man of God, there is death in the pot.” And they were unable to eat.





God again disciplined Israel by withholding fertility from the land and producing a famine. The people were not only hungry for bread but also for what would truly satisfy their spiritual hunger, namely, the Word of God. The wild gourds were similar to Baalism. They looked attractive but proved disgusting and deadly when consumed. Scripture compares meal or bread to the Word of God because it is what satisfies people’s most basic needs.


In Elisha’s day, the people of Israel had turned from God and His Law. This had resulted in a spiritual famine. The people were hungry spiritually and, to satisfy their need, had swallowed Baalism. It looked harmless enough, but it proved fatal. God’s prophets helped counteract the deadly effects of Baalism by making the Word of God available to the people. People need the Word of God . The child of God must be careful of false doctrine, which often looks good on the surface, but is spiritually fatal just the same.



Memory Verse: Numbers 21:6










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