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?
Now a certain man drew a bow at random, and struck the king of Israel between the joints of his armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn around and take me out of the battle, for I am wounded.” I Kings 22:34 NKJV
This is the battle where King Ahab was killed. He disguised himself, hoping that he would not be spotted and therefore become an obvious target for his enemies. However, a “random” arrow hit him between the joints of his armour. The force of the projection, the trajectory and the wind conditions were so specific that this “random” arrow struck him precisely between the joints of his armour.
Does anything ever happen randomly in this world? No. Prov 16:33 tells us “The lot is cast into the lap but it’s every outcome is from the LORD”. The bounce of the dice, it’s landing angle, the spin & everything related to it, have all been determined by God’s eternal decrees. Things appear to be random because they were not our design or intention. But these are all part of the mysterious pre-destined will of God.
The doctrine of predestination often divides believers. But it is in the scriptures. Hence we cannot ignore it. It needs to be spiritual food for us. God is God and must have divine rights. Otherwise, He is not God. But He exercises His rule over this world in uprightness and absolute justice. So we must approach this subject with humility that our human minds will never understand how He would work all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.