Most of the traditions about Elisha reveal him as a man of compassion who brings with him the power to overcome any difficulty. Several of the stories include scenes of life among the sons of the prophets’ communities primarily made up of poor families.
When one of the sons of the prophets died in debt, his widow and two sons were left destitute and at the mercy of creditors ready to sell the children as slaves. The widow begged help from Elisha, who saved the children by using the only thing she owned – a jar of oil.
At Elisha’s word, the jar poured out its valuable contents until it had filled every available container in the community. The oil was sold and the creditors satisfied with enough money left over to take care of her and the boys. On another occasion, famine forced the sons of the prophets in Gilgal to share Elisha’s pot of stewed vegetables made with wild herbs. When someone accidentally added poisonous wild gourds to the common stock, the whole group could have died. Elisha saved the day by pouring ground meal into the poisoned pot. On yet another occasion, a man brought a gift of 20 small barley loaves to Elisha as a part of his first fruits of harvest, and with the loaves the prophet fed a hundred men and even had leftovers. Nearly a thousands years later, similar miracles would be attributed to JESUS.
God wants us to be people-conscience and become aware of the needs of those around us. There are needs everywhere so ask God for the anointing to meet the needs.
2 Kings 4:1-7 (New International Version, ©2011)
2 Kings 4
The Widow’s Olive Oil
1 The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
Dear Father, thank You for the anointing that I need everyday to meet the needs of the people I will come in contact with. You know their needs and I desire to be used to meet their needs. Show me the people that I am to bring Your grace to and release them from the bondage of their enemy, the devil. I desire the dynamic of the Holy Spirit to be able to speak into people’s lives, as well as the other manifestations of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) so that whatever their need, the Holy Spirit can use me to meet it. I bless you, my dear Father! Amen!
About the Author
For over 32 years Rev. William Ilnisky has been Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Christian Center International, a multi-ethnic church in West Palm Beach Florida. Prior to serving in this capacity Rev. Ilnisky served as Pastor, Evangelist and Associate Pastor, in the United States and as Missionary to Montego Bay, Jamaica for 10 years and Beruit, Lebanon for 7 years. In 1996 he had the opportunity of ministering throughout Uzbekistan where he led a team for a prayer walk. He has also served as Visiting Professor at Silk Road Bible College, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 1997 to 1999. Currently, he is engaged in ministering to a remnant of the one and a half million AIDS victims of Zambia, most of them orphans, through a variety of ministry and aid relief efforts. Rev. Ilnisky and his wife Esther, founder of Esther Global Prayer Network and the Children Prayer Network, serve as facilitators of IPMI Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference.