Throughout 2 Kings the Lord’s prophet Elisha performs miracles. Elisha works through God’s power to meet God’s ends. While doing His work, Elisha still faces hardship and adversity, ultimately finding that the forces of evil are outnumbered and God’s work is accomplished in the end.
We are told to give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. As we encounter men of power as we follow the prophet Elisha, one quickly realizes that few of these kings elicit any worldly respect or, more importantly, a place in God’s Kingdom. We do learn, however, of God’s sovereignty as we see His power put on display to all the worldly empires.
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Philip Graham Ryken, the Bible teacher of Every Last Word radio and internet broadcasts, focuses on teaching the whole Bible to change your whole life. Dr. Ryken also serves as President of Wheaton College. His books include: The Heart of the Cross (with Dr. James Boice), City on a Hill: The Biblical Pattern for the Church in the 21st Century, Jeremiah and Lamentations, and Loving the Way Jesus Loves. Every Last Word can be heard online, anytime, at EveryLastWord.org.