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AVOID SPIRITUAL POISON

April 7, 2015

Tuesday

 

2 Kings 2:19-21

 

Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Behold now, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad and the land is unfruitful.” He said, “Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. He went out to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘I have purified these waters; there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer.'”

 

 

LESSON

 

The physical condition in the town was symbolic of the spiritual condition of the nation. Refreshment and fertility had suffered as a result of apostasy. Elisha was a new vessel in God’s hand similar to the new jar he requested. Salt seemed like the worst thing to add to brackish water to make it pure, just as return to Yahweh must have appeared to be a backward step to many idolatrous Israelites. Nevertheless, since salt is what God ordered, it was effective.

Baal’s worshippers credited him with ruling over the waters on and beneath the earth, including underground springs and fountains. God’s permanent healing of the spring would have served as a continuing reminder of Yahweh’s ability to bring fruitfulness and blessing out of the deadly sterility of idolatry. “The miracle was an ‘action sermon’ that reminded the people that the blessings of God were for a nation that was loyal to His covenant.

From the current economic crisis to the ongoing decline into sin of our culture and country, it is clear that the only hope for our country is a strong dose of the gospel.

 

Memory Verse : Job 6:4

 

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