2 Kings 4:10 – STEADY MAINTENANCE
Life of Elisha, The Steady Prophet #4 of 9
2 Kings 4:10 – Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.
Introduce the message by asking the following questions:
· What are some of the things that you use regularly that require periodic maintenance?
· Why is maintenance so important
· Why is maintenance of your spiritual life so important?
· What are some of the things that you do to maintain your spiritual life?
In 2 Kings 4:10 we find four things that are necessary for the maintenance of physical and spiritual life.
Elisha evidently passed through the village of Shunem on a regular basis.
A woman, evidently the wife of a wealthy land owner, fed Elisha whenever he traveled past her home. Vs. 8
The woman could tell that Elisha was a “holy man of God”. Can people tell that we are holy men or women of God? Vs. 9
The lady suggested the building of a “prophet’s chamber” for the entertaining of Elisha, complete with basic necessary furnishings.
THE BED SPEAKS OF REST IN CHRIST – Matthew 11:28-30, Psalm 37:7, Mark 6:31
THE TABLE SPEAKS OF FELLOWSHIP WITH CHRIST. Psalm 23:5, John 15:1-7
THE STOOL SPEAKS OF INSTRUCTION FROM CHRIST. Deuteronomy 33:3, Psalm 32:8, Luke 10:38-42
THE CANDLESTICK SPEAKS OF TESTIMONY FOR CHRIST. Matthew 5:14-16, Acts 1:8, Revelation 2:4-5
The basic outline is from 1,000 Bible Outlines by F. E. Marsh, (Formerly published as 1,000 New Bible Readings), Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids Michigan, 1953, (This is a reprint. The date given in the preface is 1925), Page 171