Elisha Purifies the Pot of Stew:

There was a severe famine in the land. Elisha told his servant to set on the great pot, and seethe pottage (soup or stew) for the sons of the prophets. When the one went out in the field he found an ingredient that poisoned the pot of stew. It was the man of God, Elisha, who had the way of serving the pottage without any harm coming to the sons of the prophets.
2 Kings 4:38–41

Elisha came to Gilgal and there was a famine in the land. The sons of the prophets were sitting before Elisha. Elisha told his servant to set on the great pot, and seethe pottage (soup or stew) for the sons of the prophets.

One of the servants went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage. They did not know what the wild vine was.

So the servants poured out the stew for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O you man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof.

Elisha told them to bring meal (flour). And Elisha cast it into the pot; and he said for the servant to pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot.

What Can This Story Teach Us?

There was a severe famine in the land. Elisha told his servant to set on the great pot, and seethe pottage (soup or stew) for the sons of the prophets. When the one went out in the field he found an ingredient that poisoned the pot of stew.

When the servant realized that the pottage had been poisoned he went to the man of God, Elisha, for help. Elisha fixed the problem with meal and then there was no harm in the pot.
Every time we as followers of Jesus goes out into the world we take the chance of picking up something that could poison our minds. It is only by reading the pure Word of God that our minds and hearts will not be poisoned.

Just as the servants turned to the man of God we also have to go to the Lord when we have been poisoned by the world. This could be when we are watching TV and see something that can poison our minds.

It could be in listening to a friend that tells us to do something that can poison our ears and our minds. We all need to be hearing and obeying the Word of God. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17).

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Joanne Holstein is a Becker Bible Studies Teacher and Author of Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians. She is a graduate of Psychology/Christian and Bible Counseling with Liberty University. She is well-known as a counselor to Christian faithful who are struggling with tremendous burden in these difficult times. She is a leading authority on historical development of Christian churches and the practices and beliefs of world religions and cults.

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