2 Kings, Chapter 13

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Joash Visits Elisha On His Deathbed

ehoahaz, son of Jehu, does evil in the eyes of God and erects high places for idol worship. God delivers Israel into the hands of the Arameans, who also exert enormous military pressure on Joash, king of Judah. Nevertheless, the Almighty saves both kingdoms from utter destruction-solely because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Joash, king of Israel, visits Elisha on his deathbed and asks for help in defeating Aram. Elisha instructs Joash to shoot an arrow eastwards and then several times to the floor. Joash does what he is told, but stops after the third arrow. 

After Elisha passes away, he performs one last miracle. The corpse of a man is thrown into the prophet’s tomb. When it touches Elisha’s bones, the man is resurrected. This is yet another testament of Elisha’s powers as well as his extraordinary generosity and love. Elisha’s soul dwells in heaven thanks to his unwavering dedication to spirituality and kindness. When we open our hearts, fill them with light, and let that light illuminate through good deeds, we merit entering the world of righteousness.

“And Jehoahaz besought the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto him” (2 Kings 13:4)

“And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof” (2 Kings 13:14)

Dedication is the experience of an ongoing, burning desire for love and light.