The lost and found axe (2 Kings 6:1-6:7)

“Now the company of the prophets said to Elisha. ‘As you see, the place where we live under your charge is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan River. Let us collect logs there, one for each of us. Let us build a place there for us to live.’ He answered. ‘Do so.’ Then one of them said. ‘Please come with your servants.’ He answered. ‘I will.’ So he went with them. When they came to the Jordan River, they cut down trees. As one was felling a log, his axe head fell into the water. He cried out. ‘Alas, master! It was borrowed.’ Then the man of God said. ‘Where did it fall?’ When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick. He threw it in there and made the iron float. He said. ‘Pick it up.’ So he reached out his hand and took it.”

Now this was a pretty simple miracle. It could have been a lost and found episode. The company of prophets wanted to build a bigger lodging closer to the Jordan River where there were more trees. Elisha said sure. He even went with his servants. Obviously Gehazi was no longer with him. They began chopping down trees. The axe head of one them fell into the Jordan River. He was upset because it was a borrowed axe. Elisha helped him by throwing a stick in the water that somehow made the axe head float. They found the axe head and all seemed okay.

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