The story of the axe head that floated on h2o is one of the Previous Testomony miracles that continue on to rattle the rational minds of unbelievers, primarily these who only believe in Science, for the wonder negates the regulation of gravity, which is a purely natural law. But for a miracle to be a wonder in truth, I consider it should split the regulation of mother nature, for miracles only comply with supernatural regulations, which are much earlier mentioned the regulations of mother nature. The sons of the prophets i.e. prophets/pastors in coaching stimulated by the theory of expansion and the drive for improvement asked for Elisha’s permission to develop a even larger put. In verse 2b, we discover how the get the job done of the Lord should be done in the Church “every gentleman a beam,” either tiny or huge.
In the property of God, every single person need to carry a beam, be it in the creating project, evangelism, visitation, providing and other solutions. No a single should be left out. When Elisha permitted the workout, they requested for his presence as effectively. In the operate of God, divine authorization must not be confused with divine existence. We need to have divine existence to be successful. But divine existence is not also synonymous with absence of difficulties. Nonetheless, it secures the victory.
When God’s existence goes with what He has permitted, troubles that rear their heads would bow just before the power of His Majesty. As they had been reducing trees, the axe head fell not on the floor but in the drinking water. What an shame, for it was borrowed! The law of borrowing in Israel, according to Exo. 22: 14, stipulates that borrowed posts should be employed with care and in due time returned uninjured to the owner. When the man confirmed Elisha wherever it fell, he slash a adhere, threw it there and alas, the axe head floated. What a demonstration of divine power in excess of mother nature! Preachers have seen this tale from many angles (i.e. The need to perform collectively, the want for the presence of God, the actuality that all we have on earth are borrowed and so on.) But as I mirror on the passage, the Lord wishes me to convey to your interest a new dimension to the tale i.e. The Restoration of Misplaced Energy.
I shall only deliver the concept underneath two sub-matters, particularly: The axe head that fell, the tragedy of shed energy and the axe head that floated, the restoration of lost power.
(A) The Tragedy of Shed Power – (vs. 4-5)
I believe that that the story is a parable for us all. It speaks of the simple fact that as God’s little ones, we work with borrowed power and this electricity can be dropped. The axe head stands for electric power to execute the job. With out the axe head, there can be no slipping of trees. So, when the axe head fell, it was a reduction of ability. What is power? Encarta Dictionary simply defines it “as the potential, the potential or the energy to do one thing, command or influence around other men and women and their actions.”
Shepherdhill Baptist Church (Sanctuary of Grace & Glory), Baptist Academy Compound, Obanikoro, Lagos.