The miracle baby boy born to the Shunammite woman grew until when he was old enough to be sent by his mother. Scripture does not tell us how old he was when he became sick and died. When the boy died on the lap of his mother, the mother did something very interesting.
She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and went out. She called her husband and said, “Please send me one of the servants and a donkey so I can go to the man of God quickly and return.” “Why go to him today?” he asked. “It’s not the New Moon or the Sabbath.” “That’s all right,” she said. She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Lead on; don’t slow down for me unless I tell you.” So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel. 2 Kings 4:22-25
Why did the Shunammite decide to go to the man of God? She must have thought about how her baby came about and concluded that he who had something to do about this miracle child can do something about his death. Elisha saw her at a distance before she could reach him, so he sent his servant Gehazi to inquire from her if all was well. But she was determined to tell only the man of God about what had happened.
When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, “Look! There’s the Shunammite! Run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?’” “Everything is all right,” she said. 2 Kings 4:25b-26
What she did not know was that one of the roles of Gehazi was to protect the prophet Elisha, so she had to be rescued by Elisha from being pushed away by his servant Gehazi.
When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the LORD has hidden it from me and has not told me why.” 2 Kings 4:27
Then she began to pour her heart to the man of God.
“Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” she said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes’?” 2 Kings 4:28
Elisha must have been told right there by God that the boy was dead, for he immediately commanded his servant to run to her house without stopping anywhere.
Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. Don’t greet anyone you meet, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy’s face.” 2 Kings 4:29
The woman wanted the man of God to go with her.
But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her. 2 Kings 4:30
May be she knew something that we are not told, because Gehazi tried to raise the child, and was not successful.
Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy’s face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, “The boy has not awakened.” 2 Kings 4:30
It did not take long; Elisha arrived at the house.
When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the LORD. Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes. 2 Kings 4:32-35
Once the boy came back to life, Elisha summoned the mother:
Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, “Call the Shunammite.” And he did. When she came, he said, “Take your son.” She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out. 2 Kings 4:36-37
What the woman thought proved to be the right thing to do. He who had something to do with the birth of this miracle baby could do something about his death.
1. Paul reminds us in the New Testament that whatever God has started He will bring it unto completion.
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
2. How is this lesson helpful for you today?
a. We know and believe that all that we have is from God, but usually when we have any problems with that which God has given us, we are quick to run to somewhere else for help – except God. Usually, we make Him our last option.
b. If God gave you a job, when you face any challenges concerning your job, guess who is the best person to go to? God!
c. If you are sick, guess who knows the make up of your body far more than anyone else? God!
3. Whatever you do, make sure God has pointed the way so that when you have any problems, you can always call on Him because He had something to do with it.
a. Sometimes we ignore God and do our own things, but when we get in trouble, we call on Him for Help yet we did not consult Him at the beginning.
b. When you know you have followed God’s direction, when you face any problems, you have confidence to go back to God for help.
The Miracle Baby Boy came from God through
The word of the Lord through His Prophet Elisha
Sometime later when the child died,
The Shunammite woman thought of
Going back to the Prophet
IF HE HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT, THEN
HE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
Read: 2 Kings 4:18-37
Marked: 2 Kings 4:22-25
By Pastor Shadrack Ruto