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Pain, Anguish, and Resurrection

November 19: Pain, Anguish, and Resurrection

2 Kings 4:18–5:27
Pain and anguish resound in the narrative of the Shunammite’s son and Elijah (2 Kgs 4:18–37). Reading the story, we can’t help but feel empathy for the Shunammite woman whose son has died. Yet Elisha seems so cavalier. What would prompt him to act this way? What is Elisha teaching us in this series of events?
Even those who have experienced miracles struggle to accept that God can handle anything. The Shunammite woman remarks to Elisha, "Did I ask for a son from my lord? Did I not say that you must not mislead me?" (2 Kgs 4:28). Elisha seems to recognize God’s capability, however, even when his colleague, Gehazi, and the Shunammite woman fail to see it. Elisha is so confident in God’s work that he remarks to Gehazi, "Gird up your loins [meaning ‘get ready’] and take my staff in your hand and go. If you meet anyone, you must not greet them; if anyone greets you, you must not answer them. You must put my staff …