The Essence of Life
“Elisha died, and they buried him. Now the bands of the Moabites would invade the land in the spring of the year. As they were burying a man, behold, they saw a marauding band; and they cast the man into the grave of Elisha. And when the man touched the bones of Elisha he revived and stood up on his feet.” 2 Kings 13:20-21 (NASB)
Whaaaat?! WOWzer!! What a sight that would have been! Can you imagine?! The fellas are bringing this man to be buried, but then they take notice of a ‘marauding band,’ like a troop, or a division of an army to raid the village/town. The Scripture says that they ‘cast the man’ into the grave of Elisha. The word ‘cast’ in Greek means to ‘throw away, cast off, shed, throw down’.
There is a sense of immediacy here, maybe due to fear so they can run away? Or out of duty, to quickly go tell the town about the marauders. Either way, this dead guy was quickly thrown into someone else’s grave. And not just anyone’s, but ELISHA’s grave. The crazy part is that in doing this his (the dead guy’s) body touches the bones of Elisha and the Scriptures say, ‘he revived and stood up on his feet.’!! HA! This is crazy-amazing. The guy who was once dead is now ALIVE after coming into contact with the bones of Elisha.
Ya know, sometimes in life it seems like we have those people who have been ‘cast’ at us. It could be a neighbor, a co-worker, a classmate or a family member. The kind of person that just seems to encroach on your space, a dead-weight, creating things to be not-so-pleasant. You may even say in protest, ‘this stinks!’ For some reason or another, we struggle to look at the relationship in a positive way. We ponder ways that we can avoid the person…or what to say or do out of frustration. But may I say this: WHAT IF?
WHAT IF you…my fellow Christ-follower…Spirit-filled…LIVING BEING… are the bones that he/she needs to “touch”? Our purpose is to exist for the Almighty God, not ourselves. Those who don’t know Jesus are the walking dead. The friction can exist because there is a greater battle going on that our eyes can not see. The world, the Devil and our own flesh fight against the work of the Gospel. The very gift of LIFE from DEATH.
My encouragement to all of us is to BE THE VERY ESSENCE of LIFE, because that is what you carry around. Let’s not withhold it from anyone; we have no right in doing so. HE came that we may have LIFE. We, for some crazy-amazing reason, get the privilege of sharing and being a part of it. Pray for that ‘stinky’ situation. Pray that we have eyes to see, and a heart to love…so that the dead are revived!
(You can read more about Elisha in 1 Kings 19 and 2 Kings 2, 4, 6, 13).