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2nd Kings 13

What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

14 Now when Elisha had fallen sick with the illness of which he was to die, King Joash of Israel went down to him, and wept before him, crying, "My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" 15 Elisha said to him, "Take a bow and arrows"; so he took a bow and arrows. 16 Then he said to the king of Israel, "Draw the bow"; and he drew it. Elisha laid his hands on the king's hands. 17 Then he said, "Open the window eastward"; and he opened it. Elisha said, "Shoot"; and he shot. Then he said, "The Lord's arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram! For you shall fight the Arameans in Aphek until you have made an end of them." 18 He continued, "Take the arrows"; and he took them. He said to the king of Israel, "Strike the ground with them"; he struck three times, and stopped. 19 Then the man of God was angry with him, and said, "You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck down Aram until you had made an end of it, but now you will strike down Aram only three times." 20 So Elisha died, and they buried him. Now bands of Moabites used to invade the land in the spring of the year.

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Musings

Elisha is a prophet for 60 years and is quite old now. Joash comes to visit needing a blessing for a military win over Aram. He receives one, but only partially. Apparently Elisha did not like the fact that Joash only struck the ground three times and therefore he would only win 3 victories over Aram. He needed more victories than that for total victory, but it is at least something. Elisha then dies, not in a spectacular show as Elijah's exit, but simply passes and is buried somewhere. It was a long and successful tenure for the prophet to say the least.


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