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.”
In our meditation for today, we are going to be looking at another dimension to the vessels Elisha asked this woman to go borrow.
Elisha told this woman explicitly to go borrow “Empty vessels”. He didn’t ask her to go borrow half-empty ones or any other form, he was specific about empty ones.
I’m sure you have heard the idiom, “Empty vessels make the loudest noise” before. That’s very true, but what whoever created that saying failed to tell us is that it is only empty vessels that can be filled!
God triggers miracles with empty vessels. A vessel that is full and filled does not need miracles of abundance. God would have loved to borrow many people’s vessel, bring them close to Himself and use them greatly but they are already too full to be impacted.
The Hebrew word “empty” as used here is the same word that means hungry. Jesus understood this so well, no wonder in one of his most popular sermons (sermon on the mount), he said:
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
In the Old Testament, King David made a similar statement:
Psalms 42:1 “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”
Psalms 42:2 “My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”
Friend, empty vessels might be making the loudest noise but most of them are actually shouting, “I need some filling”. An empty vessel is one that desires to be filled. It is one that is thirsty and panting after righteousness.
To be continued…
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