This post is Day 8 in a series of studies about “Suddenly”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Suddenly – Day 8

2 Kings 13:21

Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.

The Thought

This is the strangest “suddenly” I have ever read about! And we know no more than is given to us in this verse. We are left with many questions to which we have no answers. Elisha had taken the cloak of his mentor Elijah as we read yesterday, and he continued his life in the way his predecessor had. He had received what he asked for at the moment of Elijah’s disappearance.

2 Kings 2 (yesterday’s reading) told us that Elisha wanted double the anointing that Elijah had. He received what he asked for, performing double the number of miracles that Elisha did!

At the time of his death we read that Jehoash king of Israel went to visit him and had a vision similar to what the prophet had seen at the death of Elijah. The chariots and horsemen of Israel (2 Kings 13:14). Six verses later we read that Elisha died and was buried. Then no more details until the verse today. So we don’t know where Elisha was buried, or why his tomb was open. Sometimes reading the Bible leaves us with more questions than answers!


Think today about whether you have received all you asked for from The Lord? Thank Him for His wisdom in the prayers He answers and those He doesn’t!

Read 2 Kings 13, and take note of some of the things we are not told:

  • Why was Elijah’s tomb left open?
  • What happened to the man who came back to life?
  • Where did he go?
  • Where did the frightened men run to?
  • Do you think they were more afraid of the Moabite raiders, or the resurrected body of their friend?

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