2 Kings 4:3 “Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, [even] empty vessels; borrow not a few.”
2 Kings 4:3 “”Here’s what you do,” said Elisha. “Go up and down the street and borrow jugs and bowls from all your neighbors. And not just a few–all you can get.”
The prophet told the woman to borrow from her neighbours. The word neighbour simply tells us that these vessels are close by. Just beside us and all around us.
The woman doesn’t need to travel far, her neighbours would suffice. If only her husband, the late son of the prophet borrowed vessels, he might not have died. The man had a vessel in the mold of Elisha but didn’t borrow from him. The miracle of his wife started when she borrowed vessel from her man of God, Prophet Elisha!
Friend, I guess you have had cause to borrow one or two things before; one thing that is pertinent when you go to borrow is humility. I have never seen a man who went to borrow vessel displaying pride and arrogance. If he does, he won’t have it. When you go to borrow, you humble yourself.
The reason why many don’t borrow is arrogance. They have a know it all feeling. The situation even becomes worse when they need to borrow from a “junior”. They feel they are better than everyone else.
I once had an issue with my car and was stranded. I called my mechanic and he sent me one of his junior apprentice to come fix the problem. The guy had finished fixing my car before it occurred to me that he is a very young boy. If I had insisted that I needed an elderly mechanic, I might have been there for days!
Some Bible scholars believed this dead prophet-in-training was probably in the same school of prophets with Elisha under Elijah. That might have accounted for why he didn’t approach Elisha, even when Elisha had stepped into the shoes of Elijah.
To be continued…
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