God’s Blessing Through Elisha
God cursed Jericho, but the faith of it’s new citizens provided God’s blessing through the prophet Elisha.
“The people of the city said to Elisha, “Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive.”
Jericho’s Citizens Obey Elisha
God Rewards The Faith of Jericho’s Citizens
After God led Joshua to destroy Jericho, He promised a curse on any who dared to rebuild it. About 550 years later, Hiel of Bethel rebuilt it losing two sons in the process. The water source near Jericho poisoned its new citizens.
When Elisha visited, the citizens of Jericho called to him, asking for his blessing. Elisha asked for a bowl of salt. Once Elisha delivers God’s Blessing on the bowl of salt, he tosses it into the water, purifying it.
If Elisha had not returned to Jericho, God may have never blessed the town with safe drinking water. If the citizens of Jericho had not asked for the blessing, it may not have happened either.
God’s blessing required both the faith of the citizens of Jericho and that of the prophet Elisha to clean the water for the town.
The Prophet’s Role in God’s Blessing
Prophets are bridges between man and God, delivering God’s blessing. If we are now prophets in the Great Commission, what is our role in bridging the gap for our fellow men? How are we a blessing for them?
“This is what the LORD says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’” – 2 Kings 2:21