2 Kings 4:38-41 – Death in the Pot


2 Kings 4:38-41


Elisha ministers to a serious situation inadvertently caused.


When Elisha visits the company of the prophets in Gilgal, the problem of feeding the group in the midst of a famine is compounded by the unwitting addition of poisonous gourds, gathered earlier, to the stewpot. Elisha comes to the rescue with a simple solution that purifies the stew and allows the festivities to proceed, covering the mistakes that necessarily occur in our service to God. The story may have an echo in Matthew 17:24-27 where Jesus miraculously provides the temple tax Peter foolishly told the tax collectors Jesus would pay.