Do your kids (personal or ministry) realize that there are biographies of kids in the Bible? Today’s post is about two of those kids.
NAME: Two boys in Israel (the Bible doesn’t tell us their names)
PARENTS: Their dad was attending Elisha’s Prophet college. He desired to serve God. Their mom was loving and kind. The family didn’t have a lot of money, but they were happy.
WHAT HAPPENED? The boys’ father grew sick and died. Before he died, he had borrowed some money, and now his wife had to pay the money back. But, the mom didn’t even had enough money to buy food for her sons.
WHY THE MAN CAME TO THE HOUSE: The rich man who had loaned the father money demanded that the mom pay it back. He said, to the boys’ mom, “If I don’t get my money, I will take your boys as slaves.” (Now THAT is rather frightening!)
WHAT THE MOM DID: She remembered the prophet Elisha. He loved God. He would be kind and help her.
WHAT ELISHA SAID: When Elisha found out the mom had a pot of oil, he told her to borrow empty pots, jars, and bowls from her neighbors. He said that when she had collected all the empty containers that she could find, she should go home and begin pouring the little bit of the oil that she had into all the empty pots, jars, ad bowls.
WHAT THE MOM DID: She did exactly as Elisha told her. She and her sons borrowed containers. Then she began pouring her small amount of oil into the empty pots, jars, and bowls. The oil kept coming and coming and coming
WHAT ELISHA SAID: Elisha then told her to take the oil to her neighbors and sell it. With the money she received, she could pay back the rich man. Her sons would not have to go anywhere as slaves. They would be safe at home.
God took care of the family. If you would like to read more about the lady and her sons, look at 2 Kings 4:1-7.