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2 Kings 8:1-6

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The Shunamite Woman's Land is Restored

2 Kings 8:1-6

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Lesson Number 16

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Lord reveals His secrets to His servants.
  2. What the world calls coincidence is really divine providence.

Practical Application

  1. Use godly counsel in making important decisions.
  2. Your setbacks and disappointments are not necessarily an indication that you have made a wrong or bad decision.

Questions

  1. King Jehoram talked with Gehazi. What did the king want to know?
  2. Review the story of the Shunamite woman.
  3. Was her return and meeting with the king a coincidence or divine timing?
  4. What did the king do for the woman?
  5. What did the Lord reveal to Elisha?
  6. Name some other revelations from the Lord to His servants.
  7. To whom does the Lord reveal his secrets?
  8. Is God’s timing more than coincidence?

Answers

  1. He wanted to hear about Elisha’s exploits and miracles.
  2. See Lesson 6 (2 Kings 4:8-17), the building of the prophet’s chamber; Lesson 7 (2 Kings 4:18-37), the death and return to life of her son; Lesson 16 (2 Kings 8:1-6), the return of the woman from the land of the Philistines.
  3. Divine timing
  4. He restored her house and property, and all the back income that was made from the use of her land while she was away.
  5. That there would be a famine for seven years.
  6. See Genesis 18:17, Daniel 4, and Amos 3:
  7. To those who walk closely with Him in obedience. Note how God revealed the future to His prophets.
  8. Yes. See Romans 8:28 and Ephesians 1:1

Discuss/Consider

  1. Recall times when you sought godly counsel in making important decisions in your life. How did they help you?
  2. Have you let setbacks or disappointments deter you in moving ahead in the work of the Lord? In retrospect, would you have done differently?

Challenge

  1. Do you believe that events in your life are coincidental or divinely ordered? Cite examples.

Key Verses

  • “Arise and go…for the Lord has called for a famine…” 2 Kings 8:1
  • “So the woman arose and did according to the saying of the man of God.” 2 Kings 8:2
  • “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him.” Psalm 25:14

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