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“…and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.” II Kings 4:20b
In this experience, Elisha had some earlier communication with this family. The great woman of Shunem had recognized he was a man of God and the Lord used him to pray that she have a son. It came true and then tragedy of tragedies, the lad dies. Thus, we have a parent who realizes her child is already lost, gone, dead.
One great lesson in this story is this family’s interest in and care for the man of God, Elisha. Over thirty-five times in these few chapters is the moniker used, “man of God.” You may know men of influence or a man of means, but, how valuable is an association with a real man of God! Elisha brought hope and light into this childless family and then when the light was extinguished and hope forsaken, he was there for the family. This was a man of God who believed God worked miracles. He was touched by human needs and had a visible holiness (vs. 9). He was not just a man’s man, but God’s man!
As a parent, if you have arrived at a brick wall of a belligerent, back-slidden boy or girl, get yourself and them to a man of God. Elisha stretched himself over this child three times and brought him back to life (vss. 33-35). A good place to start would be to get faithful to church Sunday morning, Sunday night and the mid-week service. I’m not talking about just a “run-of-the-mill” minister. I’m saying get them to a man that God knows and he knows God. — Dr. Tim Green
I cannot stress enough the importance of finding and being faithful to God through a KJV Bible teaching preaching church and true man of God. They are getting fewer by the day, but they are still out there. Attending the new-fangled ear-tickling churches who put on the same show or a “contemporary version” on a Sunday morning or Saturday night is not a true Bible teaching church. These “feel good” churches who use the corrupt versions of God’s Word teach corrupt doctrine that helps sinners stay comfortable in their sin. If you visit a church and the Man of God preaches/teaches straight from God’s incorrupt KJV Bible, you will definitely be convicted in your Spirit. Stay there! Those men of God have no problem saying it like it is and counseling from God’s Word, instead of joining us in making excuses for our children’s behaviour. If you are attending a church once a week or less just for a feel good fix, you are not receiving true Godly teaching, run from it! So-called pastors of those churches will be held accountable by God, and so will we if we support them.
“Now there cried a certain woman…unto Elisha, …Thy servant my husband is dead; …and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.” II Kings 4:1
In this intriguing story, Elisha crosses paths with a widow and her two sons. She represents a parent who realizes she is about to lose her children. She wisely admits she has a problem that is too big for her to resolve and goes to the man of God. After admitting the seriousness of the situation, she is willing to make the adjustments necessary that were advised her by Elisha. The prophet inquired initially what she had (vs. 2). There was a shortage of what was needed and she was instructed to get some help (vs. 3). In her case, it was a scarcity of vessels. She borrowed all she could and her two boys watched God fill the vessels with oil. She was told to sell the accumulated product, pay her debt and enjoy the bounty with the boys! (vss. 5-7).
We live in a sad day of single parenthood. Some are like the widow here, but multiplied thousands are from the devastation of divorce. As a parent, it would behoove you to realize the situation you are in and endeavor to rectify it by engaging your children in the task to keep the “wolf from the door” and the family intact.
The modern home resides in a time of famine–a famine of mammoth proportions; perhaps not a shortage of food, but of faith. Folk, this poor woman and mother was able to provide for her family through character, hard work and adherence to Bible principles. Surely she was a widow with Proverbs 31 attributes and you can be one too by the grace of God. –Dr. Tim Green
The best and most important decision we can make as parents, if we must go through divorce, is to “stick like glue” to our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Word daily, attending a good Bible believing, preaching church, and calling on our brothers and sisters in Christ for support through the turmoil. Having gone through the monster of divorce, I would not wish it on my worst enemy, especially if children are involved. When we let the devil deceive us about our self worth and leave the Lord and His teaching support and our church family, we most assuredly may be dragged back into the world and its evils. I see this happening to children today, and it breaks my heart. We must stay close to God and set the Godly example our children need to see, as God works in our lives to bring us through our trials. They will be more likely to follow our example and stay close to Him as well. If we do not, they are more likely to be satan’s bondmen!
I will share devotions over the next several days about how the destruction of the family unit, therefore our children, gives our land over to satan. We let the few squeaky wheels win when they took prayer out of our schools, and many more of our Godly values are going down today because we hide our heads under the covers and go on about our lives as if it is of no consequence. We remain complacent while forsaking the teaching of God’s truth and bringing our children up in the admonition of the Lord; they are left to their own devices, killing each other in our streets, while parents strive to earn the almighty dollar to pay for their material stuff, or stay stooped in their addictive lifestyles. “Cause and effect of taking God out of everything.”
“…and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him,…” II Kings 2:23b
The mantle of Elijah has just been solemnly placed on the shoulders of Elisha, who had used it to part the waters of the Jordan, and with a cruse of salt he had healed the waters of Jericho. Now, heading toward Bethel, the man of God is met by some wild, undisciplined children. This incident is the first of five encounters Elisha had with children in the early days of his ministry.
The wild, undisciplined children are well evidenced in our neighborhoods, at the grocery store, the restaurant and sad to say, in many of our churches today. These unrestrained rebels have been raised by unprincipled parents or are the suffering of offspring of broken homes and absentee parents. They are educated in the “war zones” of our public schools, where discipline is down-graded and despised. I pity most state school teachers and believe they earn every penny of their salaries for the most part, and especially if they even try to teach! Regrettably, many church schools are not much better.
The children in Elisha’s day (42 of them) had no respect, no reverence, and no restraint. They mocked the man of god and two momma bears came out of the forest and resolved the issue. In our day, the tattooed and body-pierced problem kids are being devoured by the devil, demons, debauchery, delinquency and disgrace at an early age. This destruction is unprecedented in the history of mankind. They are the end result of a nation and a people who have rejected God, His Word and His righteousness! –Dr. Tim Green
Please, let us join Christ in the battle for our families and our children!
A. Redemption defined means to redeem or to purchase back. To pay a ransom. To rescue from loss.
Illustration #1. If you lost something that was yours and you had to buy it back, that would be redemption.
Illustration #2. If your child was kidnapped, and you paid a ransom to get him/her back, that would be redemption. Redemption is paying for something that is yours.
We are all God’s creations. Through sin we became the children of the devil. Matthew 13:38 “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;”
1 John 3:8-10 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”
John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
Acts 13:10 “And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?”
By the blood of Christ, the believer has been bought back, and becomes a child of God. Galatians 3:26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
B. How we are redeemed – By the blood of Jesus Christ. His blood was the payment for our sins to purchase us back to God.
Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
Colossians 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”
Hebrews 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
Revelation 5:9 “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;”
1 Peter 1:18-19 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”
C. What we are redeemed from (presently):
1. All iniquity – Titus 2:14 “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
2. The curse of the law – Galatians 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”
D. Future redemption of our bodies – Romans 8:23 “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”
Ephesians 1:14 “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
by Fanny Crosby
Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child and forever I am.
There were some excellent articles that came into my inbox this morning. I decided that this one by Michael Brown at Townhall definitely needs to be shared. I just pray it is not already too late; so many are complacent these days. How many will actually see the urgency in this?
It was Dietrich Bonhoeffer who said, “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves to its children.” What kind of world are we leaving to our children? What kind of world are we creating for them?
Some recent news items give us an idea of where our society is going unless enough of us stand up and say, “Enough is enough.”
In its first sexual-orientation policy update in nearly a decade, the American Academy of Pediatricians announced that “its members should do more to fight ‘heterosexism’ and ‘homophobia,’ as well as step up their care of teens with same-sex attractions.”
Some of the proposed strategies include, “putting out brochures with pictures of ‘both same- and opposite-gender couples’ or posting a ‘rainbow’ decal on an office door or bulletin board. The report also suggests that medical questionnaires be changed to be gender-neutral, and that staff be trained to not ask a boy about his girlfriend, but to ask him to ‘tell me about your partner’ instead.”
So let’s get this straight. The nation’s largest pediatricians group is declaring war on “heterosexism” and “homophobia” and calling for gender-neutral medical questionnaires? This is where society is going? These should be our priorities?
Put another way, our children’s medical caregivers are calling for a united ideological battle against the idea that God created human beings male and female, or that heterosexuality is any way normative (as in, it takes a man and a woman to create a child), or that any moral or religious opposition to homosexual practice is a manifestation of “homophobia.”
In the past, I have sarcastically observed that, rather than the doctor announcing to the parents, “It’s a girl!” or, “It’s a boy!”, he should now say, “Well, the packaging is male, but we’re not really sure what’s inside.”
That sarcastic observation could be nearer to the truth than we realize.
In keeping with this mentality, news media around the world has been busy proclaiming the latest “transgender” victory, announcing joyfully that, “A six-year-old transgender girl will be able to return to school after winning the right to use the female bathroom.
“Coy Mathis was discriminated against when staff at Eagleside Elementary School in suburban Colorado Springs told her she could not use the girls’ toilets, a civil rights panel ruled.”
Yes, “Her parents raised the issue after school officials said the youngster could use the bathroom in either the teachers’ lounge or the nurse’s office.
“Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis said the decision would end up stigmatising their daughter, who they said had come out of her shell when they began to allow her to live as a girl.”
Did you read between the lines? The six-year old “transgender girl” is actually a boy and the couple’s “daughter” is actually their son, but since this confused child thinks he is actually a girl, he now is a girl in the eyes of the media, and the son is now a daughter. And we are supposed to celebrate this!
Has it dawned on anyone that there is no reputable scientific evidence of any kind that this boy is actually a girl and this son is actually a daughter? Has it dawned on anyone that many children pass through different phases in life and that there is strong evidence that the majority of children who identify as transgender before puberty do not identify as such after puberty? (It is true that many end up identifying as gay, but at least they realize that they are not boys trapped in girls’ bodies and vice versa.)
What if the child was sure he or she was an alien? Or an animal? Or a black child in a white body? Do no such cases exist? (Surely they do.) Do we then normalize these alternate realities as well? (I’ll say it for the 100th time: Families and individuals struggling with “transgender” issues need our compassion and understanding, but our energies should be devoted to getting to the root of their problems and helping them find wholeness from the inside out.)
The little boy’s parents were concerned that he would be stigmatized by having to use a special bathroom (already a gracious accommodation by the school), but now a court has ruled that he can use the girls’ bathroom with other six-year old girls.
What about them being stigmatized? Why must one confused child bring confusion to the whole school?
In keeping with this moral madness, a measure passed by the California Assembly in May would require schools “to allow transgender students to participate on sports teams and use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, not their sex.” The bill, which is expected to become law, would also “mandate that schools have bathrooms and locker rooms that are fully equipped for transgender students,” whatever that actually means.
Is this the environment you want for your kids and grandkids? (By the way, this also puts a new twist on the meaning of the “men’s [or, women’s] basketball team.”)
And let’s not forget the suicidal decision of the Boy Scouts of America to inject sexuality into its program, putting the interests of a tiny minority over the interests of the whole organization. (Let’s also remember that if a boy didn’t feel the need to announce his same-sex attractions, no one was stopping him from being a boy scout.)
And if you haven’t heard the news, “Mickey Mouse just officially added the gay agenda to his programming. In early 2014, Disney Channel will be all set to air its first openly gay couple in its family-oriented TV show ‘Good Luck Charlie.’”
And all this is just the beginning – mark my words – unless we stand up together and say, “Not on my watch! Not with my kids and my grandkids!”
VI. What happens to babies when they die? “And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (2 Samuel 12:13-23 emphasis added)
One thing we can learn from this story is that babies go to Heaven when they die. David concluded this story by saying, “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” Where was David going when he died? He answered that question in Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” This is the only story in the Bible that deals with this subject. Knowing this truth gave me much comfort when I miscarried my first child, and at the death of a grandbaby. I look forward to seeing them in eternity with Jesus.
It is not an injustice for God to take a baby to Heaven. Heaven is described as “far better” in Philippians 1:23. In this case, the Lord decided to take the seven-day-old baby to Heaven. God is God in all His judgments. In this life, we will never understand all of God’s ways and judgments. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33)
VII. What happens to children when they die? “Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.” (Deuteronomy 1:39) This verse teaches us that very young children do not have any knowledge of good and evil. When they reach the age of discernment (some have called it “the age of accountability”), they will then need to be saved from their sins. I have heard of children being saved as young as four, five, or six years old (my own son was saved at age five because of the teachings of Godly parents and a Bible teaching/preaching church and Sunday School). “And that from a child thou has known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15) Only God knows where that line is for each child.
Every child is a sinner, having inherited a sinful nature from their parents. Every human being is bent toward sin. Children do not have to learn to do wrong things. They do them by nature: “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.” (Psalms 58:3). “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psalms 51:5) “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)
When children go from being sinners by nature to sinners by choice, they need to be saved. Seeing none of us knows when that is, we need to train up our children right and constantly preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to them: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.” (Proverbs 20:11) “Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:14) “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, He shall not enter therein.” (Mark 10:14-15)
Some children can be cursed by God or condemned forever: “And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.” (2 Kings 2:23-24) “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:12-15) The word “small” (Greek: micros) means to be little in stature or prestige.
VIII. What happens to miscarried or aborted babies? There are 25 occasions in the Scriptures where a pregnant woman is described as being “with child:” 17 times in the Old Testament and 8 times in the New Testament. Here are just a few examples: “And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.” (Genesis 16:11) “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.” (Ecclesiastes 11:5) “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)
Some verses tell us that God knows all about us while we are developing in the womb: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5) “For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.” (Hebrews 7:10) “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalms 139:13-16)
Other verses seem to tell us that God knew us before we were conceived in the womb: “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” (Ephesians 1:4) “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” (Revelation 17:8) See also Jeremiah 1:5.
We have seen clearly that a child in the womb is a human being. Thus we can presume that God would take unto Himself all that are miscarried or aborted. The life that God gave will return to Him. “Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?” (Ecclesiastes 3:21) “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:7)