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Elisha and the axe

2 Kings 6:1-6
When a valuable axe is lost in the river, God comes to the rescue.
Contributed by Richard Gunther
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Elisha was the prophet who took over from the prophet Elijah. Elisha wore Elijah’s cloak as proof he was God’s choice to replace the great prophet. – Slide 1
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One day Elisha came across a group of prophets. As the place they met with Elisha was too small, they decided to build a bigger meeting place down by the River Jordan. Elisha told them to go ahead but they insisted he went down to the river with them. – Slide 2
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They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axe-head came loose. – Slide 3
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It flew through the air into the river. – Slide 4
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‘Oh no!’ he cried out to Elisha. ‘It was an axe I borrowed!’ <br/>Metal axe-heads were very valued and expensive in those times. <br/>Elisha asked, ‘Show me where it fell into the water. – Slide 5
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The prophet pointed at the place the axe-head had splashed into the deep river. Elisha cut a stick and threw it into the water at the same place. – Slide 6
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To everyone’s amazement the precious metal axe-head suddenly appeared floating on the water. ‘Lift it out,’ exclaimed Elisha. – Slide 7
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The grateful prophet lifted the axe-head out of the water. It was a wonderful miracle and showed that God’s Spirit rested on Elisha in a very powerful way. – Slide 8
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