2 Kings 6:8 – 8:6 – Behold and Believe – David Hill

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Theme sentence: God wants us to behold Him at work in His world.

Aim sentence: This section is not just calling us to behold God, it is also urging us to respond correctly – believe in Him and live out the implications of your belief.

Seeing God’s protection (6:8–23)

In these verses, we see or ‘Behold’ God’s protection of his people in general and Elisha in particular.

See Israel’s desperation (6:24–33)

In these verses, we see or ‘Behold’ Israel’s desperation as famine grips the land. The king’s grief is highlighted in 6:30 as the people BEHOLD his sackcloth.

See God’s provision (7:1–20)

In these verses, we see or ‘Behold’ God’s gracious provision. In the seemingly hopeless situation, God scares the enemies away and leaves His people with all the provisions they need to survive.

See the consequences of doubt (7:2; 19–20)

Woven into this story we see or ‘Behold’ the consequences of doubt. As a result of his doubt, the king’s captain sees God’s miraculous provision but loses his life as the people scramble over him to get food.

See the Shunammite’s faith (8:1–6)

Ultimately in this section, we are meant to see or ‘Behold’ the Shunammite’s faith. As the king BEHOLDS her in verse 5, he is looking at one who typifies the kind of faith that he and his nation should have.

Now what?

This section is not just calling us to behold God, it is also urging us to respond correctly – believe in Him and live out the implications of your belief.

 

 

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