And the Iron Did Swim
II Kings 6:1-7
January 29, 2006
INTRODUCTION: In the first six verses of chapter six, we have the story of a young prophet who had borrowed an ax in order to cut timber for a building expansion program. And what usually happens when you borrow something? Right! It either winds up being lost or damaged. That's why it is never a good idea to borrow things.
ILLUS: When I was in the 10th grade, 4 of my friends and I borrowed a car for the evening from one of our buddies. This was not any ordinary car. This was a Model A Ford, completely restored to its original condition. It had been painted a beautiful, dark green; with a black canvass top...it even had a big red heart with an arrow painted on the radiator. What a car!
However, when the 5 of us were finished with that car, there wasn't much left of it. Its remains were left in a junk yard. There it was--once a beautiful, prized possession, owned by the person who used to be our friend. It was now just a pile of twisted metal and canvass.
The moral of the story? Don't loan things and don't borrow things. They never come back in the same condition.
As we turn our attention to our message this morning, let me have you put down three things:
I. Describing the Setting
II. Considering the Story
III. Applying the Scripture
I. DESCRIBING THE SETTING
A. A necessary project
1. In (vs. 1), we are told that the prophets were in need of larger facilities. Originally, there had been 50 of them, but apparently, they had now grown beyond that number, making their existing school inadequate. And so, in (vs. 2), they made request to Elisha; "Let us go unto Jordon...and make a place there where we may dwell."
a. The reference to the "sons of the prophets" does not mean that they were children, rather that they were students or disciples of the prophets. They were in training.
B. A collective effort
1. You will notice in (v ...
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