2 Kings 13
Two Kings and a Great Prophet
Jehoahaz and Jehoash ruled in Northern Israel from 815-786 BC. They are not recorded as great followers of the Lord; indeed they both “did evil in the sight of the Lord”.
Jehoash sought the guidance of Elisha using the same words Elisha used when Elijah was taken up to God in a chariot of fire (2:12). He fell short in his victor over the Arameans as a consequence of his limited confidence in God.
Elisha’s departure was not as spectacular of Elijah’s but such things lie in the hand of God them and for us.
The bones of the old prophet continued to be a vehicle of power for the God of Israel.
God did not forget his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and he never will. We are the children of the covenant through faith in Jesus (Romans 11:22ff).
The Grace of the Risen Lord Jesus
The risen and living Christ is amongst us. Not quite like it was on that first evening but we have His promise that He with us always (Matthew 28:20).
He speaks peace to those of us who look to Him and He has given us His Spirit.
The lesson we learn from Thomas’ experience is that we are blessed; blessed because we have been led to trust Jesus though we have not seen Him. We too call Him “my Lord and my God”.