Sunday, June 21, 2015

Pointless Miracle

Pointless Miracle
June 22, 2015
2 Kings 6:6  "The man of God asked, "Where did it fall?" When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float."

Elisha was empowered by the Holy Spirit with an amazing leadership career.  Elisha could even perform miracles, as directed by the Lord, and he possibly even performed miracles not directed by the Lord.  One such questioned miracle regards an ax head that fell off the handle during mid-swing.  The ax head fell to the bottom of a mucky river bed.  Alarmed by the misfortune, Elisha offered assistance to retrieve the ax head from the water.  By way of a miracle, Elisha enabled the ax head to float to the top of the water for ease of reclaiming.  Some people wonder the spiritual significance of this story being contained in the Bible.

I believe everything contained in the Bible is there for a reason.  There is not one ounce of drivel; every word can become a choice morsel.  I once heard, however, a very prominent Christian leader say that this certain miracle recorded for perpetuity is considered a "throw away" miracle.  The Christian leader was suggesting that if you took these few passages out of the Bible regarding the ax head, then there would be no consequence, no dissolution of the Bible's contents.  I disagree, but without absolute certainty as to why it must be contained in Scripture.

There are a few theories as to why it is recorded in our Canon.  One such theory suggests it was written down so we can grasp that the Lord cares about trivial matters, too.  If the Lord cared enough about a person to perform a pointless miracle, then it demonstrates His caring nature.  Or maybe the story was put in there because it might have bolstered the faith of those who witnessed the miracle.  These both are truly theories and ideas that cannot be made with any degree of certainty and hence the reason for the consideration of a "throw away" miracle, or a miracle that really has no spiritual significance.  But I believe there is more to it, more to the story than we will ever understand.  In fact, I won't share my theory about its significance right away.  I'd like you to chime in.  Before I share an alternate theory as to why this miracle is recorded in the Bible, I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Aside from the two theories I listed above as to the significance of this miracle's containment in the Bible, please suggest your opinion.  Read 2 Kings 6:1-7 and reply with your thoughts as to its significance.  If you are reading this online, in a format other than e-mail, please see below the post for a place to record your comments.  In an effort to shine light on the relevance of this story in the Bible, declare your thoughts and ideas regarding why the Lord thought it pertinent to perpetuate the recording of this miracle.  Share with me your thoughts and I'd be glad to share with you some additional possible insight regarding these bizarre few verses.

Don't take my word for it; look it up:  2 Kings 6:1-7

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