2 Kings 4:1 – How do we read & expound the scriptures?

A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord . And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”. II Kings 4:1 NKJV

One of the sons of the prophets had a debt. Upon his death, the creditors sought his widow for payment. She sought God’s help through the prophet Elisha.

The wrong way to study this passage would be to zero in on one point, eg concluding that taking loans is legitimate since even the son of the prophet took a loan. That’s not the point of this passage. It is about God’s prophet, the work of God through him and the picture of Christ he symbolises.

In the same way, there are many who read the story of the Shunamite women and highlight  only the aspect of hospitality in her. While her hospitality was indeed commendable, that was not the thrust of the passage. The story was about faith – how it was demonstrated , tested and strengthened through tests.

The stories in the scriptures describe how God fulfills His redemptive plan first conveyed in Gen 3:15 “….He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” They point us to Jesus Christ whom we must believe in. If you don’t see Christ in the scriptures, you missed it all. For Jesus Himself taught us in John 5:39,” You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.”

How do you read and expound the scriptures? Do you see Christ?

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