2Kings 4:38-41, vs. 40, “Then they served it to the men to eat. Now it happened, as they were eating the stew, that they cried out and said, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it”
There was famine in the land of Gilgal. It wasn’t famine for truth or love, it was starvation for food. Now Elisha the man of God was with the sons of the prophets who I believe looked up to him as a great prophet and a leader. They knew him as a miracle worker too and even in the midst of this great famine, they believed God could provide a way through his servant Elisha.
Elisha therefore tells his servant to put on the large pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophet vs. 39, “So one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered from it a lapful of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, though they did not know what they were”. They were starving for food, in the process of setting the pot for stew, they still needed to find something to cook in that pot. Without knowing what to do, they bumped into some herbs and wild vine and cooked them anyway. Like these men, have you found yourself in the midst of something you knew you had to do, you wanted to do right and tried different things hoping they would work? I have. The bible says that after they cooked and served. It happened that as they were eating the stew, they cried to the man of God saying, “there is death in the pot”. How is it that what was supposed to be good and life sustaining became life threatening? How is it that in the midst of trying to live by the Ten Commandments to which many try to do find that it only brings death? We want to live by the golden rule, do good that we may live but the more we eat from the pot of the commandments we find that there is death in it.
Paul desired the stew of the law but as he began to eat from the pot of the law, he ran into a king size problem and he tells us in Romans 7:10, “And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death,… 7:13, “Has then what is good (commandments) become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful”. Maybe Elisha would have not been affected by the stew which is a representation of Jesus who could eat from the pot of death and not die. It was to be a pot to restore life however it brought death. I also tried to live by the stew in the pot (commandments), only to discover it brought me death because of my sinful nature serving as a reminder that I do not have a system that can defeat this death in the pot.
2Kings 4:41, “So he said, “Then bring some flour.” And he put it into the pot, and said, “Serve it to the people, that they may eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot”, Is this not like what Jesus did for us, while there was death in the pot, he bled and died, rose and again and defeated death?, when we now repent and put our trust in Him alone for our eternal salvation, we too have defeated death and we can eat from the pot and live because of what He has done. Elisha did not get rid of the stew and God also did not get rid of the law. Elisha had flour put into the pot and served the people and so did God send His son in this pot we call earth and defeated its power over us.
Therefore if you are not saved and are trying to live by the stew of commandments in this pot of life, rest be assured, there is death in the pot and only Jesus Christ has the cure for that stew. Repent of your sins, put your trust in Jesus Christ alone for your eternal salvation and you will pass from death to life, no more will there be death in the pot. Blessings Ev