Elisha’s Miracles Show Our Access into the Spiritual World
The next miracle is one of my favorite Bible stories. Through it we gain valuable insight into the heavenly realm and what the godly forces who reside there can do for us. When Elisha heard from God how the army of Aram was traveling to the next battleground, he sent this information to the king of Israel so that they could set up an ambush. The first time it happened, the king of Aram accepted it as a coincidence; the second time he raised great concern. But when it happened a third time, the king of Aram gathered his generals together and alleged that there was a spy among his staff. However, his generals knew better and told the king that there was a prophet among the Israelites whose God told him everything that went on in their camp; Elisha even knew what went on in the king’s bedroom. This got the king’s attention. I love this analogy because it explains the depth to which God can reveal even the innermost secrets.
The king met this problem head on. Even though there were no soldiers with Elisha, the king sent his entire army after him. They came by night and surrounded the city. The next morning before the sun rose, Gehazi was up taking a few moments of freedom before beginning his daily chores. As he walked the city walls, he saw the sunrise. As he looked over the countryside, he saw that the entire city was surrounded by the army of Aram. He was terribly frightened, and he rushed to get Elisha. In my words, here’s how this played out:
“Elisha, Elisha come quick, you have got to see; we are in deep trouble!” A frightened Gehazi, pulled Elisha up the steps of the city wall. “Look, look, the enemy is surrounding us!” Elisha coolly and confidently replied, “There are more of us than there are of them.” Gehazi, flustered, said, “Look 10,000; 20,000; 30,000; 40,000; 50,000 men surrounding us, ready to take us captive. What do you mean there’s more of us than there are of them?” Then calmly, Elisha asked God to open Gehazi’s eyes.
What? That was Gehazi’s problem—his eyes were open! We find the answer when we understand that Elisha was asking God to open Gehazi’s “spiritual” eyes so he could see into the heavenly realm. And when the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, he saw that the mountains were full of angelic horses with chariots of fire surrounding the army of Aram. How magnificent! We are now receiving a better picture of the spirit beings that live in the heavenly realm.
Elisha then prayed and called to God, saying, “Strike these people blind.” Once they were blinded, Elisha, with a level of confidence and maybe in a mocking tone, spoke to army of Aram:“This is not the way, nor is this the city: follow me and I will take you to the man whom you seek.”
This is a preview from Volume 3.
Each story is followed by "For Further Discussion" questions and a "For Further Study" section which includes Scripture references.