Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 24, 2015

“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings 4:8-17.

“Now there came a day when Elisha passed over to Shunem, where there was a prominent woman, and she persuaded him to eat food.  And so it was, as often as he passed by, he turned in there to eat food.  She said to her husband, “Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God passing by us continually.  Please, let us make a little walled upper chamber and let us set a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand;  and it shall be, when he comes to us, that he can turn in there.”

One day he came there and turned in to the upper chamber and rested.  Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite.”  And when he had called her, she stood before him.  He said to him, “Say now to her, ‘Behold, you have been careful for us with all this care;  what can I do for you?  Would you be spoken for to the king or to the captain of the army?’”  And she answered, “I live among my own people.”  So he said, “What then is to be done for her?”  And Gehazi answered, “Truly she has no son and her husband is old.”  He said, “Call her.”  When he had called her, she stood in the doorway.  Then he said, “At this season next year you will embrace a son.”  And she said, “No, my lord, O man of God, do not lie to your maidservant.”

The woman conceived and bore a son at that season the next year, as Elisha had said to her.”  2 Kings 4:8-17.


The Shunammite woman was good to the prophet Elisha, and she received a great reward of a son.

“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”  Galatians 6:10.

“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.  He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward;  and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.  And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”  Matthew 10:40-42.

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat;  I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink;  I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;  naked, and you clothed Me;  I was sick, and you visited Me;  I was in prison, and you came to Me.’  Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?  And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?  When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’”  Matthew 25:34-40.


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