July 3, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for 2 Kings 1-5

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Commentary: 1 and 2 Kings were originally one book, therefore it makes sense that 2 Kings picks up right where 1 Kings left off.  Today’s reading covers King Ahaziah, the son of Jezebel, as well as the works of Elijah and Elisha.  Elijah, when sent for by the king, demands that he be treated with the respect he deserves.  After Elijah is taken by the Lord, Elisha receives a double portion of his spirit, which allowed Elisha to perform greater miracles.  Naaman is a great man beset with leprosy who turns to Elisha to heal him.  Naaman believed that due to his rank, Elisha should tend to him and his outraged when Elisha does not share that view.  Only through Naaman’s willingness to submit to humiliation is he healed.

Focus Verses: 5:8-14  Naaman wanted a flashy healing, rejecting a simple solution.  Have you ever behaved the same way?  Rejecting a simple solution because it is not the way you wanted the problem to be solved?  What does this passage teach you?