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Lesson Title: A KING ACTS ON A WIDOW’S BEHALF
Printed Text: 2 Kings 8:1-6
Key Verse: 2 Kings 8:6 (NIV)
The king asked the woman about it, and she told him. Then he assigned an official to her case and said to him, “Give back everything that belonged to her, including all the income from her land from the day she left the country until now.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2011
The significance of this narrative should not be overlooked. Within the context of the culture of this period, the king’s action on behalf of this woman was significant. Culturally speaking, women had no voice within their society. Widows in particular were left to fend for themselves. This would be particularly traumatic if a woman had no male offspring. It is clear that there had to be “divine intervention” for the plight of the Shunammite woman.
There are several significant truths we all would do well to apply. First, the woman trusted the Prophet Elisha’s word about the famine and left because he had already demonstrated Godly characteristics and lived a credible life before her. Second, we learned that life can turn quickly, leaving the wealthiest person in financial hardship and Thirdly, people who face injustice must be willing to persevere, even if it means taking their cases to the very top of the legal system. Two words that can be used to sum up today’s lesson are: perseverance and trust.
Lord God, teach us to never take for granted the law of justice and righteousness. May be live each day with the knowledge of what You require of us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Famine–an extreme scarcity of food caused by natural phenomenon or through divine intervention.