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16 Elisha(10)

For this present age

UKings 8:7-15
Ephesians 6:18
T With neighboring country Aram

 Now, we are watching his political participation seemed to be a special feature of Elisha Chapter 6-13, but, Elisha seems to have regarded correspondence to neighboring country Aram as his own role as a consultant of the Northern Kingdom / royal families. In Israel, there were foreign enemies concerned consistently from the Palestinian fixation times. At first it was native Canaanite. It points at some aborigines who lived in Cannan, and it had high civilization which came from land and a powerful enemy, the armed forces of working full time. Prophets of Baal that Elijah confronted it are the people that queen Jezebel of Ahab brought from Phoenicia when she married, and it may be said that they are people representing Cannan culture, too. The next is the maritime people / Philistines who went south from the north, and they had own high iron culture. Canaanite and Israeli race began to gradually coexist in Cannan while continuing rivalry with the many races, and such fusion with them pushed forward Israeli Cannan. Omri dynasty, Ahab was a representative of such Cannan among other things. It may be said that the prophets as the genealogy were the people who strongly resisted such a trend. However, in Elisha, the resistance to Cannan never has appeared till this time.

 North neighboring country Aram, Syria, has begun to plan Northern Kingdom aggression frequently. East Assyria attacked powerful power and aimed to have the Mediterranean Sea area as an affiliate, and Aram was in that way. Aram felt a new correspondence to foreign enemy was urgent business, and went south to rule Palestinian many races to followers and to survive, for fate of a country. That main actor was the second Ben-hadad. He would think that the end did not arrive in a conventional skirmish. Therefore, he gave all power to war potential and came out to fight. This is Chapter 7 that we have looked last time. Perhaps afterwards, Aramic plunder corps was forgiven and did the return (Chapter 6), and there was healing (Chapter 5) of Naaman.

U While making efforts, but

 It is Chapter 8 Verse 7. "Then Elisha came to Damascus. Now Ben-hadad king of Aram was sick, and it was told him, saying, 'The man of God has come here'" Through former plunder corps and a thing of Naaman, Aramic King would respect prophet Elisha and be going to watch Israeli God through him. He was going to meet this prophet with the utmost courtesy. However, here, I have one question. For what did Elisha go to Damascus? If he had visited other somebody, not King, why did King hear that he had come to Damascus? I hesitate about talking only for imagination, but I thought whether Elisha had visited Damascus as an unofficial messenger of Northern Kingdom for a visit of Aramic King. Perhaps news to be in serious condition of Aramic King would reach to king Jehoram. It is the two countries which made peace just recently, but, if life of Ben-hadad is dangerous, who will become the next successor?, how does the Aramic public opinion feel the Northern Kingdom?, for king Jehoram, these things would be going to be interestingly. It was easy to let employ a messenger of minister grade, but it was the delicate time, and the situation to be in serious condition of King was a matter to belong to a top secret. Therefore, if it was private citizen who heard a name in Aram, prophet / Elisha, it would be thought to be possible to visit King while considering those circumstances. And, Elisha who came to Damascus might have launched, to reach an edge of King, that a prophet had come, I imagine.

 However, such circumstances did not matter to Aramic King. When a prophet came in just good time, the King was pleased and said to Hazael served nearby; "Take a gift in your hand and go to meet the man of God, and inquire of the Lord by him, saying, 'will I recover from this sickness?'"(8). Though he was the bold King who did not yield to defeat of several degrees either, would his heart be perplexed by illness? A lot of every good thing of Damascus loaded onto 40 camels, and the presents much more expensive than the time of Naaman, were prepared, and Hazael was sent out.

V For this present age

 Would this King remember that Elisha conveyed a message through a messenger without meeting at the time of Naaman? King did not seem to think to invite and treat Elisha to a palace. Elisha also did not visit King to a palace and was waiting still for a messenger to visit, and Hazael visited. Elisha told the thing that King had wished to know, but he clarified to Hazael another thing. It is there, "Go, say to him, 'You shall surely recover,' but the Lord has shown me that he will certainly die.'"(10). As for it, Elisha saw through his heart by treason of Hazael. There is it also; "The Lord has shown me that you will be king over Aram."(13). He was a courtier from the first Ben-hadad times, and would he thought to become such a person at someday? It swelled by indication of Elisha at a stretch. Hazael who carried words of Elisha returned to the palace and said to King; "He told me that you would surely recover.", and the next day, he assassinated King in a bedroom, and he became King. A lot of presents to Elisha would become a fund of coup d'etat of Hazael, I imagine. There is not the trace that Elisha received it.

 If it was only it, it was also in other countries, and because it often having occurred in ancient society, I think that it did not need to be collected in Elisha story. But, as for Hazael, he would be a concernment person fighting against Israel before long. God was said to Elijah ten few years ago. "Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus, and when you have arrived, you shall anoint Hazael king over Aram;"(TKing 19:15). He was a caliber whom God appointed as an antagonist to Israel which continued Baal worship. Elisha carried out words of the Lord which was told by his teacher. There is it in Verse 11-12 thus; "And he fixed his gaze steadily on him until he was ashamed, and the man of God wept. And Hazael said, 'Why does my lord weep?' Then he answered, 'Because I know the evil that you will do to the sons of Israel: their strongholds you will set on fire, and their young men you will kill with the sword, and their little ones you will dash in pieces, and their women with child you will rip up.'". Hazael really challenged Israel to a fight many times afterwards, and infringed to not only the Northern Kingdom but also the south kingdom.(8:28, 10:32, 12:17, 13:3)

 Elisha made an effort when he wanted to save the Northern Kingdom, but the thought of God was really different. Hazael was used as a caliber of God to cut off a root of evil thriving in Israel. After this, another thing that the Lord said to Elijah; Elisha anointed Jehu and assumed him King, and the people who escaped from a sword of Hazael would be excluded. This mild Elisha intervened in the last of Omri dynasty. Tears of Elisha would show what thought of God at that time was. We focus on there and must hear this story of Elisha; how a hand of God is going to be intervened in this present age. There is it there, "Be on the alert with all perseverance and petition,"(Ephesians 6:18), but, we must learn prayer of an intercession while shedding tears in front of God.