This is a message about war, spiritual battles, and matters that panic us. Elijah went up in a whirlwind–a chariot of fire, but Elisha the mighty prophet who received a double portion of his spirit died of a disease. Yes, that’s right, but right before he dies a king comes to him seeking advice. But the king is a wimp!
“Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. “My father! My father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen of Israel” (2nd Kings 13:14).
There is a story in 2nd Kings, chapter six, where Elisha is surrounded by horses and chariots of the enemy, sent by the king of Aram. Elisha’s servant is shaken with fear, and he cries out, but Elisha prays, and the youth’s eyes are opened. He sees that the hills are filled with horses and chariots of fire. The Hebrew word for fire is אש (esh, Strong’s #784).
Jeff Benner explains more, “In ancient times, before the invention of lighters and matches, fire was made with a “bow drill” and tinder. The tinder is any fine organic material such as dried grass or inner bark fibers. . .
“As the rod spins on the fireboard fine wood dust is shaved off the rod and deposited in the v-shape cut on top of the tinder. The friction of the two woods rubbing also create heat causing the dust to become very hot. After a short time of working the fire drill back and forth, smoke will begin to rise from the heated dust.” Benner explains that HaShem was the fire maker who formed a man from dust on a tinder and blew into man the breath of life and he became a living FIRE! For the full article, click here.
The hills were filled with horses and chariots of “fire.” If you are in a battle that’s spiritual, just know there are more that are for you, than against you.
So this prophet is sick, and he has a disease, and the wicked king Jehoash comes to see him. He needs help. He has already lost over 10,000 men, so now he decides he needs to humble himself and seek counsel. His dramatic, “My Father, My Father,” comes more than likely from his own fear. We’ve all met those people who mock us until their house is in trouble and they need prayer.
“Elisha said, “Get a bow and some arrows,” and he did so. Take the bow in your hands,” he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.” Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The Lord’s arrows of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek” (2ND Kings 13:15-17).
Don’t make the mistake of this wimpy, faithless, king who did not grasp the prophetic significance of what the prophet was telling him to do. Don’t meet with the Father and then not expect Him to fight for you.
His Hands are over our hands.
“Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times” (2nd Kings 13:18-19).
How many times have we halfheartedly took our war arrows and barely made a dent in the battle because we did not trust Him? All we had was a wimpy cry, fear, doubt, and unbelief. His mighty Hands were on top of ours, but we couldn’t see them. We had a chance to shoot, but we didn’t complete the mission. We had a moment to blow on the kindle of dust and start a fire, but we barely blew a puff of air. If you have something you are facing, don’t walk into it with fear, unbelief, and worry.
Strike, strike, strike, strike, strike, strike!
Photography by Jeff Manning