Bible Study on the Prophet Elisha
Good Old Fashioned Kindness!
by I Gordon
 ↩ If I were to ask who is 'prominent' in today's world, you would probably name some film star, or sports star, or some wealthy successful businessman or good looking model. For those are the types of things that our world flocks to and sees as important. It is those types of people that are 'prominent' in our age. But take note that they are all things that God puts no weight or emphasis on at all. There are far more important things in the sight of God, some of which we shall see in the story of the 'really' prominent woman.
 ↩ Have you thought about what attributes you really admire in people? Have you seen something in someone and wished you were like that? I agree with the late Abraham Heschel who said 'When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.' Let me ask you... would you consider yourself to be kind? Have you done anything lately for someone that was out of the ordinary? It is interesting that a sign of the last days, as mentioned in 2 Tim 3, is that people will be 'lovers of self', 'without natural affection' for others. In other words, everything will revolve around themselves and kindness and affection towards others will be out the back door. Beware the spirit of this age!
 ↩ It is useful to remember that you can know all mysteries, be able to expound the depths of the Christian life, have the greatest spiritual gifts in the world... but without love, you are nothing but a clanging bell! (1 Cor 13) And love is a verb! It is a 'doing' word. It is action towards others.
 ↩ I listened to a tape a while back of a talk given at a Capernwray Bible College by Peter Reid. During the talk, he said that he believes that there are two things that the church needs to rediscover. That is, the reality of Christ in you, and each other. He believes that the church has followed the world in focusing only on our own lives where as we need to discover each other! Very true.
 ↩ It is interesting that a lot of very prominent woman in the Bible were barren and unable to conceive. We think of very prominent woman such as Sarah, Rachel, Hannah, and Elizabeth in the New Testament. And, yet, though they had to wait far longer than there peers, when God did supernaturally bless them and enable them to produce a child, what a child it was! If God makes you wait, it may well be that he is wanting to bring forth something special. Look at the children these woman had even though they had to wait and endure hardship and ridicule in some cases for so many years. Sarah gave birth to Isaac, the promised son who typifies Jesus in many ways. Rachel gave birth to Jospeh, who was more prominent than all his brothers and of whom the Bible only speaks well of. Hannah gave birth to Samuel, the amazing prophet of the Lord. And Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist, of whom Jesus said there were none greater of those born of a woman. If God makes you wait, there will be a reason and He may well be wanting to bring forth a greater blessing for you.
 ↩ Ok, one very late footnote to illustrate this. A good friend who used to go to the same church as myself was in a large shopping mall. As he was passing the fast food takeaway area, he saw a lady serving behind the counter and he felt the Lord say to him 'Go tell that lady that I love her.' At first he resisted (as we probably all would! Not easy approaching a complete stranger with such a statement out of the blue!) But he felt it was from the Lord so he obeyed (while probably feeling a tad silly!) He went up to the counter and said 'Look I don't know you, but as I was walking past I just felt that the Lord Jesus wanted me to tell you that He really loves you.' Upon hearing this she burst into tears. Turns out, she was going through a really hard time in her life and had left the church she was going to. She may have left the church but she certainly didn't escape God's care and thoughts.