THE RESTITUTION OF THE BORROWED AXE (Continued)
Scripture: 2 Kings 6: 1-7
1 And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.
2 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye.
3 And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go.
4 So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.
5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.
6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.
7 Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.
And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.
The submerged iron summons a thought of hope lost. Good news! Christ our hope of glory is within! Elisha also "cut down;" however, the term takes on a different meaning than the action of the son of the prophets. The term "cut down" as used by Elisha means to cut evenly and is only used one other place in Scripture in Song of Solomon 4:2, Thy teeth [are] like a flock [of sheep that are even] shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none [is] barren among them. Cutting down a stick is compared to shorn sheep, a metaphor for the Bride’s teeth. Teeth understandably mean to sharpen but the same Hebrew word for teeth is translated in Deuteronomy 6:7 as teach diligently. ("And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children..."). May God raise a ministry up in the earth today that will teach His people diligently concerning His accomplished Word.