EL OBRADOR DE MILAGROSEL OBRADOR DE MILAGROS THE MIRACLE WORKER THE MIRACLE WORKER
“She said to her husband, ‘I This week’s know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man reading* of God.’” (2 Kings 4:9, NIV) Prophets and Kings, chapter 19. A special adaptation of Prophets and Kings flashlight has been created just for you by the White Estate and the Pacific Press Publishing“The lesson is for God’s children in Association. Get more info about it at:every age. When the Lord gives a www.cornerstoneconnections.net.work to be done, let not men stop to By following this plan you will read atinquire into the reasonableness of the least one book ofcommand or the probable result of the Conflict of the Ages Series each year.their efforts to obey. . . .“A fuller sense of God’s relationship tothose whom He has purchased withthe gift of His Son, a greater faith inthe onward progress of His cause inthe earth—this is the great need ofthe church today” (Prophets andKings, p. 243).
there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat. She said to herThe Widow’s Oil: “The wife of a husband, ‘I know that this man who often comes ourman from the company of the way is a holy man of God. . . .’ “Then Elisha said, ‘Callprophets cried out to Elisha, ‘Your her.’ So he called her, and she stood in the doorway.servant my husband is dead, and About this time next year,’ Elisha said, ‘you will hold ayou know that he revered the Lord. son in your arms.’ “When Elisha reached the house,But now his creditor is coming to there was the boy lying dead on his couch. . . . “Elishatake my two boys as his slaves.’ turned away and walked back and forth in the room and“Elisha replied to her, ‘How can I then got on the bed and stretched out upon him oncehelp you? Tell me, what do you have more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened hisin your house?’ “‘Your servant has eyes. “Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, ‘Call thenothing there at all,’ she said, Shunammite.’ And he did. When she came, he said,‘except a little oil.’ “Elisha said, ‘Go ‘Take your son.’”around and ask all your neighbors Death in the Pot: “Elisha returned to Gilgaland therefor empty jars. Don’t ask for just a was a famine in that region. While the company of thefew. Then go inside and shut the prophets was meeting with him, he said to his servant,door behind you and your sons. ‘Put on the large pot and cook some stew for thesePour oil into all the jars, and as each men.’ . . . The stew was poured out for the men, but asis filled, put it to one side.’” they began to eat it, they cried out, ‘O man of God,The Shunammite’s Son Restored to there is death in the pot!’ And they could not eat it.Life: “One day Elisha went to “Elisha said, ‘Get some flour.’ He put it into the pot andShunem. And a well-todo woman said, ‘Serve it to the people to eat.’ And there waswas nothing harmful in the pot.”
2ND Part In 2 Kings 4 we find four miracle stories. Read the four stories then reflect on these questions:-----------Feeding of a Hundred: “A man camefrom Baal Shalishah, bringing the Which of the four miracles do you think was theman of God twenty loaves of barley greatest? Why?------------------------bread baked from the first ripegrain, along with some heads of What impresses you most in each story? Explain.new grain. ‘Give it to the people to ------------------------------------------eat,’ Elisha said. “‘How can I set this What do the stories have in common? What are thebefore a hundred men?’ his servant unique aspects of each story?-----------------------asked. “But Elisha answered peopleto eat. For this is what the Lord says: Have you heard of any modern-day miracles that“They will eat and have some left are similar to these stories in 2 Kings 4?-------------over.”’ Then he set it before them,and they ate and had some left over, What do these stories tell us about Elisha?--------------according to the word of the Lord.”(2 Kings 4:1-4, 8, 9, 15, 16, 32, 35, What do these stories tell us about God?----------------36, 38-44, NIV)
What do you think of the following statements—do youA (agree) or D (disagree)?God works as many miracles today as He did in Bible times.___ Many times we experience miracles and don’t realize it.___ If we had more faith we’d see more miracles.___ If we saw more miracles we’d have more faith.___ The greatest miracle is our salvation.___ There is no such thing as a miracle.___ Faith will take away all your doubts forever.___ Faith will make everything in your life easier.___ The faith healers on TV are legitimate miracle workers.___ If we truly believed in miracles there would be no world hunger.
did you know? he word “miracle” is derived from the Latin word miraculum meaning “something wonderful.” Simply defined, a miracle is an event or action that contradicts known scientific laws and that can be explained only as an act of God. Miracles recorded in the Bible can be classified in the following way: power over nature, power over disease, power over death, and power over demons. Bible scholar Herbert Lockyer claims that a “study of Bible miracles will prove that the Lord is triumphant over all human disorders, whether physical, mental or nervous; over all cosmic forces, on land or sea, organic and inorganic; over the spiritworld represented by the devil, demons, and death.”*
punch lines“This is what the Lord says: „Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes fromtears, for your work will be rewarded,‟ declares the Lord. „They will return from theland of the enemy. So there is hope for your future,‟ declares the Lord. „Yourchildren will return to their own land‟” (Jeremiah 31:16, 17, NIV).“This righteousness from God comes through faith in JesusChrist to all who believe” (Romans 3:22, NIV).“Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of yourdeeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time makethem known; in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk3:2, NIV).“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and youwill find; knock and the door will be opened toyou” (Matthew 7:7, NIV).“I am the Living One; I was dead, andbehold I am alive for ever and ever! And I holdthe keys of death and Hades” (Revelation1:18, NIV).
other eyes “Anything God has ever done, He can do now. Anything God has ever done anywhere, He can do here. Anything God has ever done for anyone, He can do for you.” A. W. Tozer, G. K. —A. W. Tozer, 20th-century U.S. Protestant pastor, author, and magazine editor. Chesterton —G. K. Chesterton, early 20th-century English author. ““We are all faced with innumerable opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” —Chuck Swindoll, current U.S. pastor and author. Chuck Swindoll,“The world is not lacking in wonders, but in a sense ofwonder.”—G. K. Chesterton, early 20th-century English author. G. K. Chesterton
makingitrealSabbathR ead the passage below from Matthew12:38-42 and discusshow Jesus‟ answer to the Pharisees might inform your answers inthe What Do You Think? section. What was Jesus saying in Hisanswer? “Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the lawsaid to him, „Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you.‟“He answered, „A wicked and adulterous generation asks for amiraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of theprophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights inthe belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days andthree nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh willstand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; forthey repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greaterthan Jonah is here. The Queen of the South will rise at thejudgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came fromthe ends of the earth to listen to Solomon‟s wisdom, and now onegreater than Solomon is here.‟”
SundayR eview the four miracles in 2 Kings 4.Next to each miracle see if you can find asimilar miracle recorded in the Bible. Themiracle of the widow‟s oil is similar to__________________________________________________________________The miracle of the healing of the MondayShunammite‟s son is similar to______________________________________________________. T he Shunammite womanThe miracle of the poisoned pot is similar recognized Elisha as “a holy manto of God” (2 Kings 4:9, NIV)._________________________________ What attributes do you think she_________________________________. saw in Elisha that led her to thisThe miracle of the feeding of a hundred is conclusion? Who comes to mindsimilar to for you when you think about a____________________________ “holy person”? How can you be known as a holy person?
TuesdayE llen White points out that this lessonis for God‟s children in every age: “When the Lord gives a work to be done,let not men stop to inquire into thereasonableness of the command or theprobable result of their efforts to obey.”Where is the line between absolute faithin God (“I believe God will take care of Wednesdayme if I donate my entire paycheck to anorphanage”) and reckless foolishness (“Ibelieve God will protect me in jumping offthe Empire State Building”)? What do you C ompare the Punch Lines to the following verses about faith:think Ellen White means when shecounsels us not to “inquire into the John 20:24-29reasonableness of the command”? Was Hebrews 11:1God‟s command of Abraham to kill his Hebrews 11:6son Isaac a “reasonable command”? Romans 10:17Explain.--------------------------------------
ThursdayI s it possible to emulate the kind of faith that we readabout in people like Abraham, David, and Peter? How canI exercise more faith?Does faith produce miracles? Or is it in seeing miraclesthat my faith is strengthened?FridayR ead the following passage from Ellen White then write down what this means inyour life today. “What condescension it was on the part ofChrist, through His messenger,to work this miracle to satisfy hunger! Again and again since that time, though notalways in so marked and perceptible a manner, has the Lord Jesus worked to supplyhuman need. If we had clearer spiritual discernment we would recognize more readilythan we do God‟s compassionate dealing with the children of men” (Prophets and Kings,p.241). What this means for my life today: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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