Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 11-13
Today’s Reflection: 2 Kings 13:20-21
20) So Elisha died, and they buried him. Now bands of Moabites used to invade the land in the spring of the year. 21) And as a man was being buried, behold, a marauding band was seen and the man was thrown into the grave of Elisha, and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.
Elisha was one of God’s greatest prophets, but one surprise about his life is his death. Elisha’s former master and mentor Elijah was swept up into heaven while still alive. Elisha had requested twice the spirit of God resting upon him as had rested upon Elijah, and God had answered allowing him to do incredible miracles. One may have thought he too would be swept into heaven before death but it was not to be so (2 Kings 13:14).
Possibly even more surprising than this, Elisha’s death was not the end of his good works. Even Elisha’s remains carried enough of God’s power to restore life to another.
Often when we see the suffering and death of people, especially good people, we wonder if there is any purpose to it. This story suggests that perhaps there is. Maybe the death of a loved one may not literally bring life to others as Elisha’s did, but their witness, their perseverance in the face of despair, their refusal to quit might be inspiring and life giving. Their memory and example may help someone commit to fighting and overcoming sin. And the desire to see that departed loved one again may help someone entrust their fight for salvation to God so they can be reunited in heaven.
In short, even after death what we have to offer this world doesn’t end. We leave behind a legacy, and if we make good choices in our lives the legacy we leave behind can be one that brings life to those whom it touches.
1 Peter 4:6 – For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.