Death in the Pot

Scripture Passage: 
2 Kings 4:38-41
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Introduction:
  • A table in the wilderness? (Psalm 78:19)
  • A table prepared in the presence of mine enemies (Psalm 23:5)

Baptists in Jail in America – "James Ireland (1745-1806), who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, immigrated to northern Virginia, where he became a schoolmaster. By reason of his youthful vice, he entered a prolonged state of concern about his salvation but eventually obtained a hope for his soul. Almost at once he began to preach. In Pittsylvania County he was baptized by Samuel Harris and was ordained as an itinerant by eleven Separate Baptist preachers."

"His five-month imprisonment in Culpepper County, during the winter and spring of 1769-1770, stands out amidst the persecutions that Virginia county officials meted out to Separate Baptists from 1768 to 1778. While Jemmy Ireland was in jail, gunpowder was exploded under the floor, sulfur and hot pepper were burned beneath the door, and a scheme to poison him was plotted. When he preached through a small grating (maybe one foot square), some Negroes who listened were stripped and beaten, other persons were trodden under horses’ hoofs, and miscreants urinated in his face. After Lord Botetourt, governor of the colony, gave Ireland leave to build a meetinghouse in Culpepper County, the magistrates could no longer hold him." –from Baptists on the American Frontier (page 88).

  1. THE PLACE OF ROLLING AWAY (2 Kings 4:38)
    1. The Land of Gilgal: where the reproach of Egypt was rolled away (Joshua 5:9-10)
    2. A Place to Which Elisha Returned (Isaiah 51:1)
  2. THE TIME OF DEARTH IN THE LAND (2 Kings 4:38)
    1. A Time of Scarcity (Psalm 40:17)
    2. A Famine of the Word of God (Amos 8:11-12)
  3. THE HEART OF EXPECTATION (2 Kings 4:38)
    1. The Sons of the Prophets Sat Before Elisha (Luke 10:38-39)
    2. The Hunger for the Things of God (Psalm 84:1-2; Matthew 5:6)
  4. THE PROVISION OF THE POTTAGE (2 Kings 4:38)
    1. Provision to be Prepared (Psalm 107:9; Isaiah 55:1-2)
    2. Provision to be Given (Luke 9:12-14)
  5. THE GATHERING OF THE GREENS (2 Kings 4:39)
    1. One Gathered Wild Gourds in the Field (Isaiah 5:2)
    2. He Did Not Know What He Gathered (Jeremiah 11:19)
  6. THE POISON IN THE POT (2 Kings 4:40; Galatians 5:9)
    1. Perversions of Scripture (Romans 1:25; 2 Corinthians 2:17)
    2. Preaching of False Doctrine (Galatians 1:8-9; 2 John 1:9-11)
    3. Pointless Controversies (2 Timothy 2:14-16)
    4. Idols of Personality (1 Corinthians 3:3-5)
    5. Popular Opinion (Luke 16:15; 1 Timothy 6:5)
    6. Worldly Philosophy (Colossians 2:8)
    7. Wicked Carnality (1 Peter 2:11)
  7. THE HEALING OF THE POTTAGE (2 Kings 4:41)
    1. Casting in the Meal: ground up grain (Genesis 18:6)
    2. Bringing Iniquity to Remembrance (Numbers 5:15 – the only offering of the law that specifically mentions meal)
    3. Contrition of Spirit (Psalm 51:17; Isaiah 57:15; Isaiah 66:2)

Conclusion: Life Through the Spirit – “Too much emphasis cannot be placed on the fact that, since God has proposed the impossible rule of life and provided the sufficient Spirit, the believer’s responsibility is thereby changed from being a struggle of the flesh to being a reliance on the Spirit. Grace thus introduces a new problem for the believer’s life which is wholly foreign to every aspect of the law. It is the problem of the adjustment of the heart to the holy presence of the Spirit, and of maintaining the unbroken attitude of dependence on the Spirit. The new principle of achievement consists in getting things accomplished in the believer’s life and service by trusting the power of Another, rather than by trusting the energy of the flesh.” –from Grace:   The Glorious Theme by Lewis Sperry Chafer (p.207-208).

David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 20:6

Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?