Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Tuesday, May 26th: 2 Kings 13-14, Matthew 14: 1-21 ~ Nathan
In our Old Testament reading we read of many kings of Israel and Judah who did evil in the eyes of the Lord. But when the prophet Elisha gets sick and is about to die, king Joash of Israel, who also did evil in the eyes of the Lord and wouldn't have listened to Elisha, got emotional and cried. This shows that all the while he was doing evil, King Joash still respected Elisha and didn't feel comfortable knowing Elisha would soon be gone. This is like when a loved one passes away, we often wait too long to tell them how much we loved and cared for them.
The miracle in chapter 13: 20-21, where a dead man is thrown into Elisha's grave then becomes alive again after touching Elisha's bones, would have been both awesome to see and shocking at the same time. God used Elisha here again, at least He used his body, after he had died, to perform this miracle.
In our New Testament reading, I find it amazing how Jesus handles the crowds that followed Him, even though He was feeling real down. He had just heard of the murder of John the Baptist, who was a great man of God, and Jesus needed time to deal with His sorrow.
But a crowd of approx 5000 people had followed Him and it was getting late and they hadn't eaten. Jesus could have said He had had a tough day and wanted to be left alone, but instead had compassion on the crowd and felt a need to feed them, which He did. This shows me how much He loved them, and loves us. He put the crowds needs before His own. A good reminder for me to think of others and not myself all the time.