SUMMARY OF 2 KINGS 4:1-7
The widow spoke to Elisha, saying her husband, a believer, is dead and now her boys are about to be enslaved to pay his debts. Elisha asked her what she had in her house. She said oil. He told her to gather empty jars from her neighbors and then to pour oil into all of them. The oil did not stop flowing until all the jars were filled. Elisha told her to sell the oil to pay her debts and live off the rest.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 9, Day 2: 2 Kings 4:1-7
3a) The widow’s boys are about to be enslaved to pay the debts of her dead husband. Then, there would be no one to care for her, too.
b) Why did her husband, a believer, have to die? Why did her sons have to pay the price of her husband’s debt? How were they all to live now? What would happen to them? Why must she and her sons suffer?
c) Through Elisha, He told the widow what to do and gave her a way to pay her debts and still have money to live. God provided everything she could need.
4a) God always cares for His people. He cares for those who ask Him for things and who are willing to obey Him and take action on their own behalf. God always has a way if only we’ll listen.
b) Many times. Financially many times. Friendships. Granting me the longings of my heart.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 9, Day 2: 2 Kings 4:1-7
I don’t remember this story, and it’s such a cool one! Great stuff about God’s provision for His people!
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 9, Day 2: 2 Kings 4:1-7
There was no bankruptcy in ancient times. The debt had to be paid, and that usually meant with slave labor, even children.
She poured her one jar of oil out in faith, and the other jars were filled with oil. Note the woman had to take action and follow God’s directions in faith — as well all should.
Note the number of jars determined the blessing. The oil would not stop flowing till all the jars she had gathered were filled.
The world is full of suffering, and God allows it often to grow our faith in Him. Suffering tests our faith.
Elisha asked the simple question of “How can I help?” This is a question we all should ask others around us who are suffering.
God provided faithfully and abundantly in the widow’s life. He wants to do the same in ours.
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