2 Kings 3 Get Me a Musician Cont. by Pastor Don
Here is the continuation of Pastor Don’s Friday Bible Study
So we saw that Elisha was going to help Israel’s King because of Judah’s King Jehoshaphat. And saw that when one is spiritually weak it is good to have alliances.
2 Kings 3:15 “But now bring me a musician.” Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.
Pastor Don pointed out that it wasn’t a voice, a spirit, a foot, but His hand. Some of today’s Christian music lyrics have the idea of only wanting to see God’s face, that is not always what is best for us, sometimes we need God’s hand working in our situation. It is stupid to just seek the glory of God, but not the work of His hand. The hand of God is what the Glory does: prosperity, power, destruction of strongholds. Where God’s face goes, His hand also goes.
We think when we ask to only see His face we are being so humble, but at times God’s hand is needed. We often say or sing stuff we don’t think about.
It was not possible for Moses to see God’s face, there would have been too much glory for him. And yet, because of his relationship with God, when he died, Moses was not diminished, he died strong and with his sight and all of his faculties.
God’s hand touches everything we do, and we do not want to turn down a blessing from God. When God acts in our lives, all the glory goes to God.
If you are in a situation where you need to hear from God, you need to know how to get into a position to hear from God. Elisha knew that he could get in such a position if the musicians play. We need to figure out what we need to get our spirit ready to hear from God. Is it praying in a particular place, taking a long walk, listening to music, playing music. When the warfare is on, you need to be able to get into God’s presence. Is it singing, listening to a teaching tape, reading the Scriptures. Whatever it is, that is where you need to be. (Heather’s note, God does not need us to be in a particular place to hear from Him, but we sometimes are more receptive in certain situations).
What God is doing in our lives is helping us to learn to change our modus operandi. When a tough situation would come on before we got saved, we might choose to go and drink, take drugs, or vent our anger in an unacceptable way. Now we have new weapons of warfare and we need to seek those out. When a situation is tough, we may be tempted to fall back on the old ways, so it is important to establish the new habits with God.
For Elisha, music helped him to hear from God. There is no record that Elijah needed music, or Samuel or John the Baptist. But each of us has our particular way of contacting our Spirit and linking to God.
King David uses music. He wrote Psalms and hymns to God. Jeremiah had scribes that wrote things he said into a book.
When our earthen vessels need to be filled, when things seem dried up and barren, when trouble comes, we need to draw on the juices (living Water) of God. If we do not fill up with God, satan will be more than happy to fill up our empty vessels with things that do not glorify God and will only bring greater troubles on us.
We will always have pressures in life, that will not abate with salvation. So we need to be ready when disaster comes, so we don’t go crazy or lose our peace. We don’t want to get into another distraction the devil provides.
We need to renew our mind and take every thought captive. If we go to God and get a message from Him, then we will be in better position for warfare. Seek after the Lord, get into a place of worship, and wait for a Word of Wisdom or a Word of Knowledge, then we will have the information to be effective.
2 Kings 3:16-18 And he said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Make this valley full of ditches.’ For this says the LORD: ‘You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain: yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.’ And this is a simple matter in the sight of the LORD; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand.
It is a SIMPLE MATTER for God. The problems we think are so big, really are simple matters for God. Sometimes, when God gives a word of Knowledge or Wisdom, it doesn’t make sense to our senses. In a dry and barren place, to dig ditches does not seem the best solution. God will always change circumstances so He gets the glory. God will do a new thing so that He gets the glory. God rescues us at the perfect time to rescue us, and He gets the glory.
So often, after we have prayed to God for intervention and He intervenes, we say, it wasn’t God. Pastor Don told a story about a man who desperately needed a parking place in front of a building and prayed to God for it, after the place was available and he pulled in, then he thought to himself, “I didn’t need God, it just opened up for me.”
Sometimes God permits difficulties to help us get out of our stuff. God does not always do what we think He ought to do to get us out of our situation. God does not always follow our suggestions, He knows the best way. We often ask God for a miracle, then take the glory for God, when he comes through for us.
Sometimes God tells us to do something that looks ridiculous or illogical to test if we will obey Him. Dig ditches in dry areas doesn’t make sense if we are seeing things through circumstances, but God knows what is beyond our limited vision. When we think our problems are so big, God is waiting for us to let Him handle the problem.
2 Kings 3:19 Also you shall attack every fortified city and every choice city, and shall cut down every good tree, and stop up every spring of water, and ruin every good piece of land with stones.
God gives them the victory over Moab, but they also have work to do. God empowers them to do it, but we do not sit back and wait for God to do it all. We participate as God tells us to. There is always a part we have to play in a miracle of God. (Heather’s note, I am glad that He loves us so much to let us play a part).
2 Kings 3:20 Now it happened in the morning, when the grain offering was offered, that suddenly water came by way of Edom and the land was filled with water.
The grain offering kicked off the blessing of God. What if they heard the word of the prophet and had not given an offering, we can’t be sure anything would have happened. We need to step out in faith. We will see the same thing happen in chapter 4. God does great for us, but it isn’t fair that we only ask Him for things, but never give back to Him. (Heather’s note, I once saw a illustration of a picture of an office in heaven with piles of prayer requests on one desk, and another desk with one letter in an inbox. The angel tells the visitor that that one letter was a thank you note to God. Many people request things from God, but very few thank Him.)
Then we went through a few verses quickly because it was near the end of our study.
2 Kings 3:21-23 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, all who were able to bear arms and older were gathered; and they stood at the border. Then they rose up early in the morning, and the sun was shining on the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood. And they said, “This is blood; the kings have surely struck swords and have killed one another; now therefore, Moab, to the spoil!”
2 Kings 3:24-25 So when they came to the camp of Israel, Israel rose up and attacked the Moabites, so that they fled before them; and they entered their land, killing the Moabites. Then they destroyed the cities, and each man threw a stone on every good piece of land and filled it; and they stopped up all the springs of water and cut down all the good trees. But they left the stones of ir Haraseth intact. However the slingers surrounded and attacked it.
So they did not do the complete job. (Heather’s note, seems that this is a pattern of the Israelites, to not do ALL that God commands).
2 Kings 3:26-27 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too fierce for him, he took with him seven hundred men who drew swords to break through to the king of Edom, but they could not. Then he took his eldest son who would have reigned in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering upon the wall; and there was great indignation against Israel. So they departed from him and returned to their own land.
This is an example of how Edom was evil. The Edomite king was willing to sacrifice his son for a chance to win the battle.
This also shows how important it is to pick your allies. Jehoram asked Jehoshaphat and the Moabites to ally with Him. The Moabites saw that the battle was fierce, and returned to their own land. The Edomites did not believe that God was able. Elisha would not have helped if it wasn’t for Jehoshaphat.
That is why we need the strength of the Body of Christ, for the sake of a righteous man in the Body of Christ, those who are weaker can be carried along until they grow stronger.
Pastor Don also pointed out that sometimes the need of a few outweigh the needs of many. We need to help each other out.
Hoping that this blessed you, it gave me a lot to think about.
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