Hidden Heroes of the Bible: Elisha

Hidden Heroes of the Bible: Elisha

2 Kings 4:26-37

Luke 8:40-42, 49-56

FIRST READING 2 Kings 4:25-37
When the man of God (Elisha) saw her coming, he said to Gehazi
his servant, “Look, there is the Shunammite woman; 26 run at once to
meet her and say to her: Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is
the child all right?” She answered, “It is all right.” 27 When she came to
the man of God at the mountain, she caught hold of his feet. Gehazi
approached to push her away, but the man of God said, “Let her alone,
for she is in bitter distress; the LORD has hidden it from me and has not
told me.” 28 Then she said, “Did I ask my lord for a son? Did I not say,
‘Do not mislead me?’ ” 29 He said to Gehazi, “Gird up your loins, and
take my staff in your hand, and go. If you meet anyone, give no greeting,
and if anyone greets you, do not answer, and lay my staff on the face of
the child.” 30 Then the mother of the child said, “As the LORD lives and
as you yourself live, I will not leave without you.” So he rose up and
followed her. 31 Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the face of
the child, but there was no sound or sign of life. He came back to meet
him and told him, “The child has not awakened.”
32 When Elisha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on
his bed. 33 So he went in and closed the door on the two of them and
prayed to the LORD.

34 Then he got up on the bed and lay upon the child,
putting his mouth upon his mouth, his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands
upon his hands, and while he lay bent over him, the flesh of the child
became warm. 35 He got down, walked once to and fro in the room, then
got up again and bent over him; the child sneezed seven times, and the
child opened his eyes. 36 Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, “Call the
Shunammite woman.” So he called her. When she came to him, he said,
“Take your son.” 37 She came and fell at his feet, bowing to the ground;
then she took her son and left.

GOSPEL READING Luke 8:40-42, 49-56
40 Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they
were all waiting for him. 41 Just then there came a man named Jairus, a
leader of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus’s feet and began pleading with
him to come to his house, 42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve
years old, and she was dying.
49 While he was still speaking, someone came from the synagogue
leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher
any longer.” 50 When Jesus heard this, he replied, “Do not be afraid. Only
believe, and she will be saved.” 51 When he came to the house, he did not
allow anyone to enter with him, except Peter, John, and James and the
child’s father and mother. 52 Everyone was weeping and grieving for her,
but he said, “Do not cry, for she is not dead but sleeping.” 53 And they
laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But taking her by the
hand, he called out, “Child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and she stood
up at once, and he directed them to give her something to eat. 56 Her
parents were astounded, but he ordered them to tell no one what had