Bones and Fire

2 Kings 13-14
James 5

In 2Kings 13:21 we find a short diversion in the subject matter. There among a long list of kings that failed to lead God’s people back from idol worship is the account of a man who had asked for a double portion of God’s anointing. Elisha, a man known for having a servant’s heart, had walked ten years in humility and servitude. He knew what he wanted and he did not stop until received the “double portion.” Now after his death some men who were afraid of being attacked by raiders hurriedly threw a second body into the place where Elisha was buried. When the body came in contact with the bones of the prophet, immediately the dead man came to life and stood up. Even though Elisha was dead, the living God was still using him to show them his miraculous power. Elijah was Elisha’s predecessor and was credited with 14 miracles. Prior to his death Elisha had 27 to his credit. With this final miracle he doubled the number performed by Elijah.

God is still looking for those who whole heartedly crave a double portion. Those whose hearts yearn for the anointing fire of the Holy Spirit. Those who are willing to be stirred up like never before. Men and women who are not merely satisfied with a religious lifestyle but hunger for the fresh wind of Pentecost. Jeremiah was a prophet of God called from his mother’s womb. After being beaten and placed into stocks for prophesying God’s wrath on the people he determined that he wouldn’t speak for the Lord any more. Jeremiah went on to say that it was like “fire shut up in my bones.” Although he tried to keep it contained it had to be let out. The anointing God pours out upon his servants can not be contained. It is to be passed on to those who will receive it.
God is still placing His fire in the bones of men. John the Baptist told us that Jesus would “baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” Elisha would not leave the side of Elijah until he got what he wanted. Those who are willing to preserve and remain steadfast in their faith shall be rewarded just the same.


About Richard McGill

Hi, my name is Richard McGill and my family and I started attending CCC shortly after moving to the area eighteen years ago. Although eighteen years may sound like a long time it has past by so quickly. My wife, Sharon, and I have seen our four children grow and have twice experienced that bitter sweet day when we have loosened our grasp so that our children, could begin families of their own. Sharon and I have been more than rewarded for our sacrifices in that we again, on occasion, have in our home the squeals of laughter that only comes from innocence and youth. We revel in the titles that have been bestowed by sweet little voices and thrill to hear them say Papa and Memaw. In addition to our two married children we have two that are preparing for their future through education. Jenny is finishing her sophomore year at SIU and Alex will graduate from high school this spring. Throughout the past eighteen years I have been privileged to serve in several capacities at CCC. I have been a small group leader, greeter, usher, in the Easter production, on the worship team and have taught Sunday School. While I am honored to be asked to contribute to this most recent effort, I can’t help but wonder if they’re not still trying to find something that I am good at. View all posts by Richard McGill

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