S E C O N D K I N G S
Great service Elisha had done, in the foregoing
chapter, for the three kings: to his prayers and prophecies they
owed their lives and triumphs. One would have expected that the
next chapter would tell us what honours and what dignities were
conferred on Elisha for this, that he should immediately be
preferred at court, and made prime-minister of state, that
Jehoshaphat should take him home with him, and advance him in his
kingdom. No, the wise man delivered the army, but no man remembered
the wise man, Eccl. ix. 15.
Or, if he had preferment offered him, he declined it: he preferred
the honour of doing good in the schools of the prophets before that
of being great in the courts of princes. God magnified him, and
that sufficed him—magnified him indeed, for we have him here
employed in working no fewer than five miracles. I. He multiplied
the poor widow's oil, ver.
1-7. II. He obtained for the good Shunammite the
blessing of a son in her old age, ver. 8-17. III. He raised that child to
life when it was dead, ver.
18-27. IV. He healed the deadly pottage, ver. 38-41. V. He fed 100 men with
twenty small loaves, ver.