In this chapters we find several miracles, performed by God through Elisha.
1. A widow with two sons, on the verge of losing her two boys to slavery due to unpaid debt. Elisha merely asks, what do you have in the house.
And she said, "Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil." 3Then he said, "Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. 4Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside." 5So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. 6When the vessels were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel." And he said to her, "There is not another." Then the oil stopped flowing. 7She came and told the man of God, and he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest."
2. A Shummanite woman who was kind to Elisha, always inviting him to stop in for a meal, also made him a room of his own. First she is granted a son, then when that son dies, he is made alive again.
32When Elisha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed. 33So he went in and shut the door behind the two of them and prayed to the LORD. 34Then he went up and lay on the child, putting his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands. And as he stretched himself upon him, the flesh of the child became warm. 35Then he got up again and walked once back and forth in the house, and went up and stretched himself upon him. The child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
And there was a famine in the land. His servant made a meal, using various foods he found growing about the place, not knowing that the food was poisonous. It was made not so.
But while they were eating of the stew, they cried out, "O man of God, there is death in the pot!" And they could not eat it. 41He said, "Then bring flour." And he threw it into the pot and said, "Pour some out for the men, that they may eat." And there was no harm in the pot.
And then another miracle also involving food.
42A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And Elisha said, "Give to the men, that they may eat." 43But his servant said, "How can I set this before a hundred men?" So he repeated, "Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, 'They shall eat and have some left.'" 44So he set it before them. And they ate and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.All these things God did through a man faithful to him.
I just find it almost overwhelming inspiring of the greatness of God.
Little things it may seem (well, except the raising of the dead!), but God worked, peoples lives were saved.
The wife was :wife of one of the sons of the prophets
the Shummanite woman : kind to a prophet
the men fed the poisonous food: sons of the prophets
and the men fed the food at the end of this chapter: bringing firstfruits offering to the prophet
All were somehow involved in the work of the 'church'. God helped them all. way cool isn't it?