Today’s portion contains:
(a) two incidents connected with Elisha’s ministry;
(b) a brief summary of the reigns of two kings of Judah;
(c) the story of the revolution under Jehu, through which the house of Ahab was destroyed.
- 8:1-5. How does the first of these two incidents illustrate God’s watchful care over his own?
Cf. Ps. 33:18-22; Rom. 8:28. In the second incident why did Elisha weep?
Cf. Jer. 8:16-9:1; Luke 19:41-44.
- Ponder the vivid story of the revolution, as given in chapter 9, noticing especially how it began, and the references to the word of God and its fulfillment. Cf. Heb. 10:31; 12:29; 2 Kings. 10:30.
- Consider throughout the history of the kings of Israel and Judah the results of marriage alliances with those who are the enemies of God.
- 8:10. The sickness in itself was not fatal, but Elisha was given a vision of other things that would happen, which filled him with horror. Moffatt translates verse 11 thus: ‘The man of God’s face became rigid with horror, absolute horror.’
- Verse 13. Hazael was elated at the prospect of doing such deeds.
- Verse 16. It is important to distinguish between Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, and Jehoram (or Joram), son of Ahab, king of Israel. Their reigns were in great measure contemporaneous.