Dead Man Walking
Posted: Jun 28, 2011 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

I know, I know. It has been forever since my last blog post. In fact, I think the last day I posted was a week before Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. Ok……maybe not that long. I read something in II Kings yesterday that really made an impression on me that I wanted to share.

First of all, 2 Kings is one of my absolute favorite books in the Bible. There is so much history and drama. There are miracles and confrontations. We get to read about the likes of Elijah, Elisha and many of the Kings of Israel and Judah. During this specific section of 2 Kings, Elisha had just died and had been burried in a tomb. We read about this story in 2 Kings 13:20-21

“Elisha died and was buried.  Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. 21 Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.”

Picture this scene. Elisha the prophet is dead. He was a man that performed many miracles. There were some people that liked him and some that did not. The kings in particular didn’t care for Elisha because he oftener prophesied negative things about them. We today know that it was God telling Elisha to say those things. Upon the death of Elisha, he was burried in a tomb. One day, some guys are taking one of their buddies who had died away to be burried. All of a sudden, they see some of there enemies from the country of Moab getting ready to attack them. So what do the guys carrying the dead body do? Drop him and run for their life that’s what!

As “chance” would have it, this dead guy gets dropped onto the tomb of Elisha who at this point was dead. But apparently, the anointing of God was still on the dead bones of Elisha so much so that when the dead body of this man was dropped onto the tomb of Elisha, the man came back to life again. Can you imagine the drama of this scene? Put yourself in the dead guys shoes. He knows he is sick. His last memories are of him being ill. The next thing he knows, he is laying face first on top of a dead guy! If that didn’t freak him out enough already, he comes out of the tomb to see his friends running away. He steps outside to see what they are running away from and to his dismay, the moabites are quickly approaching.

I really wish I knew what happened to this guy after this encounter. All we know is that he was raised to life again. He could have ran back into the tomb and hid. Maybe he ran and caught up to his friends. Maybe he stayed and was killed by the moabites. Can you imagine that? You get raised to life which is amazing only to find out that you have literally been thrown into the heat of the battle. You get raised to life again only to die in battle 5 minutes later!

Doesn’t it seem like life works that way sometimes? God provides in miraculous ways for us one moment, and the next moment we are in the fight of our lives. I don’t know what happened in the life of this man. I certainly don’t claim to be an expert on your life either. But there is one thing I do know. I would rather place my hands in the God who can raise people to life by using the bones of a dead guy than try to figure things out myself. Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes things happen that aren’t fair. But no matter what, trust in God. He has the power not only to raise the dead, but to lift you out of whatever situation is going on in your life today.

With Expecancy!

Corey
corey@firstassemblywest.com