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The Shunamm1te and Her Child.

The Shunamm1te and Her Child.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A.,


' AND she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive
hat this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us con
tinually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the
wall ; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a
stool, and a candlestick : and it shall be, when he cometh to
us, that he shall turn in thither.
BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A.,


' AND she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive
hat this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us con
tinually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the
wall ; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a
stool, and a candlestick : and it shall be, when he cometh to
us, that he shall turn in thither.

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THE SHUAMM1TE AD HER CHILD. BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A., ' AD she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive hat this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us con tinually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall ; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick : and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. •\' '\' ?!: sfc 5'; 'Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me ? Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way : if thou meet any man, salute him not ; and if any salute thee, answer him not again : and lay my staff upon the face of the child. And the mother of the child said, As the Lord liveth, and as my soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her. And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child ; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked. And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the Lord. And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands : and he stretched THE SHUAMMITE AD HER CHILD. 195 himself upon the child ; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro ; and went up, and stretched himself upon him : and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his
 
eyes.' — 2 Kings iv. 9, 10 ; 28-35. THE teaching contained in this narrative of the Shunammite and her child, in connection with Elisha the Prophet, is of great importance, and most instructive. I desire to draw the reader's atten tion to it in the passages I have quoted. Elisha stands before us as a striking type of Christ. We need go no further than our Lord's own words for a confirmation of this : ' beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself (Luke xxiv. 27). Bearing this fact in mind, we notice the first act of this woman : ' and she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall ; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candle stick ; and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.' Here we see, in type, Christ taken into the soul, and into the house, and 196 WELL-SPRIGS OF LIFE. indeed into everything about us. He is no longer a stranger, or just passing our door, walking at a distance; He is admitted. Distinct provision is made for Him. He passes by us day by day for this very purpose — to be admitted. ' He made as though He would have gone further.' ' He cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.' What are these but illustrations of how Christ passes by us in our deep needs, from day to day, waiting to be admitted. And there is not an instance in Scripture where a call on our part was not met by a ready response on
 
His. And it is, as this passage indicates, to abide with us that He comes. And the soul that thus admits Christ must expect trial and discipline. A trial came very near to her heart — the loss of her only child. ' The trial of your faith worketh patience, and patience experi ence.' These trials are tests of our trust in Him whom we have admitted into our hearts. And it is these that draw us closer to our true Elisha, so that the very depths of our sorrow only make us cling more closely to Him, and say, in the language of the Psalmist, ' Whom have I in heaven but THE SHUAMMITE AD HER CHILD. 197 Thee ; and there is none upon earth I desire in comparison of Thee.' So it was with the Shunammite here ; for when it was evidently intimated to her to accompany Gehazi with Elisha's staff, she said, ' As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.' Her sorrows made her thus cling. She would allow none, however dear, to come between her soul and Elisha. So Gehazi passes on with Elisha's staff in his hand, no doubt with all the pride and dignity that the natural heart prompted, and laid the staff on the face of the dead child. ' But there was neither voice nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him saying, The child is not awaked.' o mere staff can give life to the dead. And that staff represents anything and everything but a living Christ. o church, no sacrament, no priest ; no works or merit of any kind can avail

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