Project 3:16 – 2nd Kings

Our next rest stop along the Project 3:1 highway is 2nd Kings.

Chapter 3 deals with the Kings of Judah, Israel, and Edom going out to fight the King of Moab. They took The Wilderness Way because it was an indirect route to the battle.

After 7 days they did not have water for the army or the animals. So King Jehoshaphat asked if there was a prophet of the Lord with them so they may inquire what God had to say. Elisha was the prophet traveling with them.

When the three kings approached Elisha, he looked at King Jorham of Israel and basically told him off. But King Jorham pushed back stating the Lord has summoned these three kings to be handed over to Moab.

Out of respect for King Jehoshaphat, Elisha interacted with King Jorham.

This is where we need 3:15 to make sense of 3:16.

15 But now bring me a harpist.”

2 Samuel 3:15 (NIV)

And now for the rest of 3:15 and 3:16

While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha 16 and he said, “This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water.”

2 Kings 3:15 – 16 (NIV)

And now for the rest of what God said through Elisha.

 17 For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. 18 This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands. 19 You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.”

2 Kings 3:17-19

May you make a point to stop and rest throughout this week and ask the Lord, our God what words of wisdom He has for you.

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