2 Kings 4:32-34


2 Kings 4:32-34


32 When Elisha got to the house, he discovered the boy lying dead on his bed. 33 So he went in, closed the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. 34 Then he went up and lay on the boy: he put mouth to mouth, eye to eye, hand to hand. While he bent down over him, the boy’s flesh became warm.


The background to these verses is interesting. One day Elisha went to Shunem and was persuaded by a prominent women to join her and her husband for a meal. This couple had no children of their own, but, being wealthy, they had an extra room that they turned into a guest room so that Elisha had a place to stay on his journey through the area. In  response to this kindness, Elisha wanted to bless the woman for her hospitality and kindness. Since the couple had no children, the prophet blessed the family with a son. 2 Kings 4:15-16 read, “15 “Call her,” Elisha said. So Gehazi called her, and she stood in the doorway. 16 Elisha said, “At this time next year you will have a son in your arms.”


Of course the prophecy came true. The child grew and one day was out helping his father in the field when tragedy struck. He complained about his head hurting and was taken to his mother. The boy sat in his mother’s lap until noon, then died. Tragedy. The promised son was taken. The mother was heartbroken. 


Now we can pick up with these verses. It seems odd that Elisha would lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eye to eye, hand to hand. Imagine that sight. I guess it would seem more than odd, perhaps down right uncomfortable. But let’s not stop at initial thought. 


The reality is that Elisha was God’s messenger and worker here on earth. So let us see what God was doing, what is God trying to tell us. 


God is close. Now that should be an understanding, however, the closeness is demonstrated in such a way that you can picture the closeness of God. He is intimately close to you. He knows your problem, knows your heart, feels your heartbeat, peers into your eyes. The Bible says that God knows us better than we know ourselves. 


I think what God wants us to realize is that when we are hurting, God is there in a manner we cannot even perceive. Notice that “the boy’s flesh became warm”. What stands out is that the boy was warmed by the body of Elisha. He was clearly “dead cold”.


This is an amazing image, shown right in front of us about how we are brought from death to life. Before we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. While we were still dead in sin, God, through the Holy Spirit, was working to “warm us”. By that I mean to convict us so that we would accept the offer of salvation and be brought from death to life! 

The boy became warm and woke up! He sneezed 7 times then opened his eyes. 


The result was the woman worshiping at the feet of Elisha, who was the representation of God! When someone moves from death to life, other people will recognize the power of the Lord and will worship! 


In Christ,

Pastor Jacob