Life Restored: 2 Kings 8:1
Too many people, Christians included, are living and breathing but have no life. They have no joy, peace, or purpose.
2 Kings 8:1a – “Then Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life.”
I want to focus on just this part of the verse, that Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life. I want to focus on a Restored Life. To many people, Christians included, are living, but they have no life. They are breathing, but have no life. They are living, but they have no joy, no peace, and no purpose. Therefore, they have no future and no life.
I want to take you back to 2 Kings chapter 4, where the story takes place that this verse is referring too. And I know this is story about a woman whose son was raised to life, but I believe that the Holy Spirit wants to breathe life into you today through His Word.
“Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. 10 Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.
And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there. Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite woman. When he had called her, she stood before him. And he said to him, Say now to her, Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?
She answered, I dwell among my own people. So he said, “What then is to be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old. So he said, Call her. When he had called her, she stood in the doorway. Then he said, About this time next year you shall embrace a son.
And she said, No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant! But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her” (2 Kings 4:8–17).
The Moment Life is Given
The start of the story. We needed to start here at the beginning, where life was spoken to woman because, there is a starting point of life in us all. Your life can’t be restored, if you didn’t first have life spoken into you.
I’m preaching to Christians right now, remember when Jesus came in and breathed life into you, when the guilt of sin was taken from you? You had joy, and peace, and felt like you had a purpose for the first time. That was life being born in you.
Elisha speaks to her what she never even dreamed possible. This is the essence of Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
I never thought I could joy like this. I never thought dreamed I could have peace. I never before felt like I had a purpose. But to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. I never thought I would have a son. But to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. Elisha knowing the One who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think speaks life into here her life.
Let me point something out right here that is important to see. It is those who go out of their way to make room for Him, that He goes out of His way to exceed your expectations of Him. The reason some believers never experience life spoken in them, is because they have never made room for the one who speaks life.
The ironic thing about life is that when life happens it tends to die.
“And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers. And he said to his father, My head, my head! So he said to a servant, Carry him to his mother. When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out.
Then she called to her husband, and said, Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back. So he said, Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath. And she said, It is well.
Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you. And so she departed, and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel. So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, Look, the Shunammite woman! Please run now to meet her, and say to her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?
And she answered, It is well. Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the Lord has hidden it from me, and has not told me. So she said, Did I ask a son of my lord? Did I not say, Do not deceive me” (2 Kings 4:18 – 28)?
Close the Door and Go to Him
She closes the door. When her son dies in her arms, she takes him up and lays him on the bed of Elisha. Then she closes the door. She doesn’t go and tell her friends. She doesn’t even tell her husband. When he asks her, she responds with it is well.
When life happens, we want to tell everybody. We tell everybody about the death we just suffered, about the failure, the disappointment, the defeat. With it went our dream, our purpose, our joy. We post it on Facebook. We let everybody know about our death. If we would just take our failure before God and shut the door. Not that you give up but you shut the door to keep the doubters out
She goes to Elisha and pours out her heart. When someone asks her if she is okay. She responds it is well. Even when Elisha’s servant ask her, she says it is well. It’s not that she is lying, she’s speaking in faith. She realized none of those spoke the life into her, so when the life is taken away she just goes straight to the one who spoke it in to her.
There is no need in taking it to you, if I haven’t first taken it to Him. Why pour myself out to you. You didn’t give me life, so you can’t restore the life. I’ll pour myself out to the one who gives life.
“Then he said to Gehazi, Get yourself ready, and take my staff in your hand, and be on your way. If you meet anyone, do not greet him; and if anyone greets you, do not answer him; but lay my staff on the face of the child.
And the mother of the child said, As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So he arose and followed her. Now Gehazi went on ahead of them, and laid the staff on the face of the child; but there was neither voice nor hearing. Therefore he went back to meet him, and told him, saying, The child has not awakened.
When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm.
He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi and said, Call this Shunammite woman. So he called her. And when she came in to him, he said, Pick up your son. So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she picked up her son and went out” (2 Kings 4:29–37).
The staff wouldn’t do it. He sends Gehazi ahead with his staff. Gehazi lays it on the boy and still no life. Gehazi is probably surprised that didn’t work. I’m sure he was hoping it would work.
Because we feel defeated and the joy, dreams, passion, purpose, life taken from you. We try and throw anything at it just hoping this will work. Maybe this will make it happen. Maybe if I buy this it will dull the pain. Maybe if I throw myself in my work it bring back some life.
Elisha lays himself down. Elisha in a picture of Christ at this moment. He lays himself down on the child. His mouth to his mouth to breathe life into him. Life starts in the breath. When God made man, he was just a body, until He breathed life into him.
Then his eyes to his eyes, because God doesn’t just breathe life into you, but He gives you vision and a purpose. Then his hands on his hands, because when God breathes life in you, He not only gives you a purpose, but the ability to fulfill the purpose. He stretches Himself upon on you and give you life. Elisha gets up walks around comes back and stretches himself out again. Aren’t you glad God keeps coming back again and again until life is restored.
Jesus isn’t just the giver of life, He’s also the restorer of life. He brings back your joy, your peace, your purpose, your life. When life takes it away and you are left just breathing but not living. Jesus comes and lays himself down on you and restores life to you again and again.
In Ruth, when Naomi had lost everything and she was left with no joy, or purpose. Ruth gives birth to a son, in the 4th chapter of Ruth. Not just any son, but Jesus Christ would be born out the lineage of this son. This is the prophetic word that the women said to Naomi.
“Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! And may he be to you a restorer of life” (Ruth 4:14–15).
Jesus is the restorer of life. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). The enemy takes life away, Jesus came so you could have life.