Another miracle in stages

2 Kings Bible Background

05.12.2018 – Old Testament: 2Ki 4.32–37

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Kings 4–5 on May 12, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Mark 8 records a two-stage miracle in which Jesus took two actions to heal a blind man and to give him understanding of what he saw. Second Kings 4 also shows a miracle happening in stages:

When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the LORD. And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm. He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite woman.” So he called her. And when she came in to him, he said, “Pick up your son.” So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she picked up her son and went out (2 Kings 4.32–37).

Elisha prayed and laid on the boy twice to bring about a full resurrection. Why? For that matter, why does the Bible show different ways that miracles happened? We need to see that the miracle was not in some mystical formula or method, but that the power was divine.


  • Do you see God working in different ways today?
  • How is He working in your life?

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