2 Kings Chapter 13

Arrows and Open Windows


Today we come to our final study in the life of Elisha A) From this point on in the book of 2 Kings the focus is on the Kings


B) We see in this Chapter that Elisha goes home to be with the Lord.


C) Elisha has ministered in Israel now for 60yrs – starting from that time that he was Elijah’s protégé


D) His ministry has been marked by the Miraculous

1) Thru Elisha the Lord performed more miracles than anyone in the OT


E) In fact aside from Jesus – The Lord performed more miracles thru Elisha than anyone else in the Bible


The other thing that has marked his ministry has been his interaction w/ Kings

A) That is how it ends as well. – We are going to pick up the Story in v.14 – Before lets Review


B) We saw in our study of Ch.9 that a man by the name of Jehu became King

1)Jehu eliminated the line of Ahab – and removed all the Baal worshippers from Israel


C) Massive reform – But the Knock on Jehu was although he was God instrument. Not his servant

1) Although he professed to have a Zeal for God he really didn’t have a heart to seek friendship w/ God


D) But as a result of Jehu’s obedience to take care of the family of Ahab and the worshippers of Baal

1) God promises that his family will sit on the throne for 4 generations


As we come to Ch.13 we see the first fulfillment of that Promise – His son Jehoahaz assumes the throne

A) He reigns for 17yrs & did evil in the sight of the Lord


B) Because of the sin & idolatry in Israel God delivers them into the Hand of Hazael King of Syria

1) When that occurs it gets the attention of King Jehoahaz who repents – pleads w/ the Lord


C) God shows mercy & delivered them from Syria

1) But once Israel is out of their trouble they go back to their old ways.


D) Well Jehoahaz dies and his son Joash is now reigning in his place

1) Once again they are having problems with Syrians


E) So Joash turns to the Prophet Elisha – who is now old & sick & has been in obscurity for about 45yrs

                             RD V.14-19

So Elisha is sick to the point of death – last encounter with a King. –

A)Joash comes to Elisha and is distraught – Oh my father… the chariots of Israel and their horsemen


B) Now the army of Israel has been depleted – we are told in v.7 they were down to 50 horsemen & 10 chariots – 10,000 foot soldiers


C) But that is not what Joash is reverencing here

1) See he knows that if Elisha dies – the nation is really in trouble.


D) The Chariot was the strongest weapon of the day & what Joash is basically saying is – You are our Chariot.


Elisha had been used so mightily by God

A) In times past he told Israel what the movements of the enemy were going to be/ revealed to him by God


B) A whole army was prevented by God from capturing him

1) Another time a whole army was blinded and he led them by the hand to the King – captives


C) Another time the Syrian army was scarred off during his ministry – heard sound of a great army

1) The city of Samaria was saved from starvation because of it.


D) Joash looks at Elisha he sees this man of God that has been the only constant good thing for the nation

1) Now Elisha is about to die and Joash weeps – WE ARE DOOMED.


E) Because in Joash’s mind Elisha is the strongest weapon in the nation.


Spurgeon: “May we seek to live in such a way that even ungodly men would miss us when we are gone.”


Well Elisha does an interesting thing here: He says to the King – take a bow and arrows

A) Draw it back – he gets behind the King – puts his hands on his –


“Kick open the window – Shoot toward Aphek where Syrians are camped”


B) Elisha interprets the meaning of this little exercise in v.17

"The arrow of the LORD's deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them."


C) In essence what Elisha is saying to the King is this is the Lord’s deliverance

1) I am not the Chariot of Israel – God is the chariot of Israel


D) The same open window in front of me is open in front of you. –

1) I am dying but God is not dying.


E) Joash you need to understand – that if you turn to the Lord – trust in the Lord – Deliverance is yours

1) God who has worked so powerfully thru my life is the same God who wants to work in your Life


Same thing holds true for us today. God has not changed

A) We see all this crazy stuff going on in our world – more evil, corrupt


B) But God’s burden has not lessoned.

1) He is as burdened about lost souls as He has ever been


C) He is as burdened for the growing of His Church as He has ever been.

1) He has as much enthusiasm to touch people and work in their lives as He EVER HAS.


D) God’s servants come & go – Church movements come and go – But God remains the same!


E) Same window of opportunity to see the power of God that was opened before these two men is opened before us today!



It is interesting to me that in the book of Revelation Jesus writes a letter to seven Churches

A) Seven actual Churches - / could also represent 7 individuals –


B) But it seems very clear that those Churches correlate with the different periods in Church History.


C) Beginning w/ the early Church Acts [Ephesus] to our present day – 20th.21st century Church


D) There we are given two choices concerning the type of Church or believer we want to be.

1) There is the Church of Laodicea – Luke warm


E) Jesus says: I wish that you were either hot or cold but because you are lukewarm ……….

1) Unfortunately that is the condition of much of the Church today.


But then there is also the Church of Philadelphia

A) Jesus describes the Church of Philadelphia as a Church that has stood strong in troubling times


B) Promise to keep them from the hour of trial

1) Gives them the reminder – I am coming quickly


C) But then he gives them a hint of what they are to be doing in the mean time.


Revelation 3:7-8

'These things says He who is holy, He who is true, "He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens":  8 "I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.


I don’t know about you but that is the Church that I want to be.

A) That is why we continue to support missionaries around the world


B) That is why in about 2 weeks we are sending Phil and Rebekah down to Costa Rica to start a new work

1) That is why we are anticipating- Starting as many as 8 more fellowships in that area over the next 5yrs

                             Guana Caste

C) That is why we are moving forward to build a new Facility – expand

1)10,000’s of people in North county that don’t know Jesus – We want to reach out to.


2) And there are 100’s of more kids that desire a good quality Christians education.


D) That is why in April we will be over at the Amph. Again at Brengle Terrace – Easter in the Park

1) We want to take advantage of the open doors and open windows God places before us!

And that is why the signs read as you leave the parking lot – You are now entering the mission field

A)To remind us that there is a world that God has placed us in that needs Jesus


B) A world that needs to be delivered – Everyday we have an open door before us

1) Let's seize the opportunity.


Jack London eloquently described this kind of life: “I would rather be ashes than dust!  I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze that it should be stifled by dry rot.  I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.  The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.  I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.  I shall use my time.”


First I was dying to finish high school and start college.

And then I was dying to finish college and start working.

And then I was dying to marry and have children.

And then I was dying to retire.

And now, I am dying…and suddenly realize I forgot to live.



C) So Elisha says to Joash shoot the arrow thru that open and believe the promise of God

1) The Promise of victory / of deliverance


D) For you must strike the Syrians until you have destroyed them.


Then Elisha doesn’t something else that is unusual

A) In v.18 he tells Joash to take the remaining arrows and to strike the ground with them.


B) Now that word Strike is an action word – means to beat. – Idea of Vigor / passion. /emotion

1) Elisha says – Strike the ground


C) Joash does – 3 times . Elisha responds by getting mad- Angry with him… 5 or 6 times

1) This man of God’s last encounter with King is one where He is Roth – He is angry  Why?


D) He says since you only struck the ground 3 times

You will only have 3 victories /

1) If you would have hit the ground 5 or 6 times you would have destroyed them


Now are you saying that the destiny of an entire nation depended upon how many times a man stuck the ground? -  No

A) See this was a sign of Joash’s commitment


B) Sign concerning – how he is going to appropriate the promise of God – God promised Victory

1) An Open window – Symbolic – so was this

Joash should have realized that


C) Problem is Joash is ½ hearted in his commitment – he is ½ hearted in his response –

1) So he only hits the ground 3 times / tap, tap, tap.

If I hand a pair of drum sticks to a little toddler – Kindergartener – go beat the drums

A) Tap 3 times – no way – he is going to go to town – unleash on those things –


B) That is what Elisha wanted Joash to do. Not to be ½ hearted – but believe the Promise of God

1) appropriate the promise of God – Passion for the promise of God – Strike the ground 5-6, 12 times


C) That is God’s heart for us as his people. He desires that we would be a people of vigor / passion


I think God hates ½ hearted efforts, ½ hearted Christianity.

A) I know I do – It bothers me when I see people doing just enough to get by.


B) If that is your M/O and we are going to be working on a project together –

1) We WILL not get along very well. God deserves our very best –


C) We might not be the most talented or gifted but we should give the best effort.


God expects that type of effort out of us.

A) Jesus said in Mark 12:30

 30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

B) Heart – Core of our being –

  1) Soul= Emotions

  2) Mind – Intellect

  3) Strength – Talents


C) God doesn’t enjoy ½ hearted Christians /

1) ½ hearted efforts


D) Put your hand to plow – don’t look back


E) Going into Battle – count the cost

1) Make sure you have enough to win


F) Building – Count the cost – Make sure you have enough to finish.


Elisha is angry at King Joash – because of his ½ hearted commitment

A) It was true that the nation didn’t have the resources to conquer the enemy


B) Down to 50 horseman and 10 Chariots

And only 10 thousand foot soldiers

1)   But they had God on their side –


C) But God was searching to see the depth of their commitment – the depth of the Kings faith

1) He was willing to meet them in their weakness and insufficiency – but He wanted their whole hearts


“My prayer is that something in me would be “open to heaven,” for the truth is that we all have as much of God as we truly want.” A.W. Tozer


What about you is there something in you that is open to heaven

A) Your walk more passionate now than – before


B) Following hard after God with a whole heart

Or are you half hearted in your worship

1)   ½ Hearted in your commitment


C) ½ Hearted in your Bible reading


God wants to bless – he wants to work – but he wants your whole heart. – Change today.


Finish the Story: RD V.20-21

A) This was a very unusual story – only time this happened.


B) Even after his death his life was making an impact

1) Spurgeon, Whitefield, DL Moody, Morgan, Elliot


C) Susanna Wesley – committed her two sons to the Lord before she died – God used them to spark revival {Legacies are all about – impact even after


D) But in order for us to make an Impact after we are dead – We need to be fully committed while we are alive!     Grace for times/ but heart