The Poisonous Stew
2 Kings 4:38 -
And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets.
Since the time the world has started seen natural calamities happening in great concentration, many believers have started catching viral disease like 'End Days' or 'Rapture', and this is spreading like wild fire.
Yesterday I was communicating with some sister on this and this sister posted me a video about how a meteorite will bring end to this world in the next few years. I was also very saddened to hear yesterday a few of my colleagues from a ministry I previously was part of, were prophesying that the world would end in another 2 years in 2014 and this has caused people to use up all the financial securities which the saved through the years. Some people are also not taking serious their children's studies since the end was near for them.
In the Bible the words 'the end is at hand' has been narrated since thousands of years; not that they were lying but one needs to understand what they really meant.
In today's message the Lord is telling us the sons of the Prophets were lacking understanding of what fruit and vines to collect. They lacked discernment, therefore collected wild vines and wild gourds and made stew for all to eat.
If we look deeper, when a few of the sons were sent to collect they had to make food for a very large number of people; for the sons of the Prophets were alone nearly a hundred. Lacking faith in God they picked up whatever they could and it turned out when they started consuming the stew they realized it was poisonous.
Preachers are not waiting on the Lord to give them the Word but are using tools like Google and Youtube to find answers to their queries, for their congregations are anxious to know what is happening. They first build the roof from matters posted on the internet and then start to build the rest of the house by searching for scriptures that fit into their understanding. As a result they are brewing a poisonous stew for all to eat.
People are lacking the basic foundational understanding of scriptures and therefore are becoming victims of calamity. Again and again people even during the time of Jesus were anxious when the world will end; even now that anxiety has not disappeared. People even today are anxious to leave this world; if only they know that by just believing in Jesus one will not go to Heaven they would have fear in them and not excitement. Even if they are doing great work in the Lord's Name by evangelising or healing people, they need to understand they do not have a guaranty to enter Heaven. Jesus in very plain words said only those who obeyed the Words / Instructions of His Father would enter Heaven.
About the world ending now, to this also Jesus said all these calamities will happen yet not to fear the end will not come. It is only when all scriptures are fulfilled and the Gospel is preached to every soul on earth that the end will come. So I tell people who are anxious for the return of Jesus Christ, to go and preach the Gospel to every person they know and to people in remote areas so in that way Jesus will come sooner. There are still a large population of people in this world who do not know Jesus.
Preachers need to understand like Elias multiplied the twenty loaves of bread and some ears of fresh corn to feed the about hundred sons of prophets so also a revelation from the Lord will answer the anxiety of the people, they do not need to collect wild vines and gourds to feed the people.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, Your people due to lack of knowledge and understanding are becoming victims of calamity. Their foolishness, lack of faith and impatience is causing the world to laugh at them and not know You. The ears of the people itch to hear things that do not require them to change or do the work You assigned them, they are all looking for a shortcut. Lord, we pray for your sheep who are among these, that they hear your voice and follow You not the wolves who have come in disguise...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
2 Kings 4:38-44
38 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets.
39 And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not.
40 So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof.
41 But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot.
42 And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat.
43 And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof.
44 So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD.
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
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