2 Kings 3–4: Miracles

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 112–113

The scriptures testify that the Lord is a God of miracles (see Mormon 9:10–11, 15–20). Consequently, those who represent Him may also perform miracles if they have faith and act according to the Lord’s will. The prophet Elisha was one whose obedience and faith allowed him to participate in many miracles. You read about some of Elisha’s miracles in 2 Kings 1, and you will read about several more in the chapters ahead.As you read these chapters, notice the efforts Elisha made in exercising his faith and how the miracles were used to bless and teach the faithful to allow the Lord to assist them. Remember that miracles seldom convert but rather confirm the hope of those who believe and bless the faithful with special outpourings of grace from a loving God (see D&C 63:7–12).The story of how Elisha performed a miracle to help give water to the combined armies of Israel, Judah, and Edom is told in 2 Kings 3. Chapter 4 of 2 Kings contains several miracles.

Understanding the Scriptures

2 Kings 4

Creditor (v. 1)A person who loans money to others 
Bondmen (v. 1)To be a servant to another in order to pay them back for a debt 
Vessels (vv. 3–6)Containers 
Of the rest (v. 7)On what is left over 
Constrained (v. 8)Urged 
Turn, turned in thither (vv. 8, 10)Stopped here 
Perceive (v. 9)Know and feel 
Chamber (vv. 10–11)Room 
Careful (v. 13)Been nervous enough to make great effort 
About this season, according to the time of life (v. 16)About this time next year 
Embrace (v. 16)Hold (like a baby) 
Fell (v. 18)Happened 
Reapers (v. 18)People who harvest 
Slack (v. 24)Slow 
Bid (v. 24)Tell 
Yonder (v. 25)Over there 
Vexed (v. 27)Bitter 
Gird up thy loins (v. 29)Dress ready for travel 
Salute (v. 29)Greet 
Twain (v. 33)Both 
Seethe pottage (v. 38)Cook soup 
Servitor (v. 43)Servant 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study 2 Kings 3–4.

Activity A iconElisha’s Priesthood Blessings

  1. 1.

    Make a chart in your notebook like the one below. Read the following references from the life of Christ and tell how they are like something that happened in 2 Kings 4:

Things Jesus Did

Priesthood Blessings of Elisha in 2 Kings 4

Matthew 14:15–21

Luke 7:11–16

John 2:1–11 (see also JST)

  1. 2.

    Considering the activity you just completed, how did Elisha leave a testimony for future Israelites that Jesus is their Messiah?