Evil Kings / Death of Elisha

“Elisha” by Tintoretto – 1518-1594

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

2 Kings 12—13

As the bong of a somber, tolling bell, the convicting verse of 2 Kings rings again and again, referring to a dead king: “He did evil in the sight of the Lord.” Even in chapter 12 :2, Jehoash’s rightness is short lived; he is swept into the evils round about him.

The Lord’s ways and thoughts are not ours. Be sensitive to Elisha’s personal pain as he experiences the loneliness of being part of a people who have gone astray after other gods. Do you share this pain in some way?

Elisha needs the prayers of the people. The great worker of miracles, himself dies of an illness. The people not being there for him suggest a connection between his death and the lack of intercessors for him. Yet even in his death, a miracle happens. What life will come when you and I die to self!

The Reading for Today

Daily Bible Breaths

Version for Children and Families

This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year B.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Tuesdays in this season are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.” In this season we read Proverbs 22&mash;23; 2 Kings
and Ecclesiastes 5—8

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