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Shunem And The Righteous Response

Updated: Apr 4, 2021

Photo Credit: Lisa Hebert, Image taken: Silver Oak Farm

โ€œ๐šƒ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š— ๐šœ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐š•๐š•๐šŽ๐š ๐š๐š˜ ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐š‘๐šž๐šœ๐š‹๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šœ๐šŠ๐š’๐š, "๐™ฟ๐š•๐šŽ๐šŠ๐šœ๐šŽ ๐šœ๐šŽ๐š—๐š ๐š–๐šŽ ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š˜๐š ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šœ๐šŽ๐š›๐šŸ๐šŠ๐š—๐š๐šœ ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š˜๐š ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š๐š˜๐š—๐š”๐šŽ๐šข๐šœ, ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐™ธ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š›๐šž๐š— ๐š๐š˜ ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐š— ๐š˜๐š ๐™ถ๐š˜๐š ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š›๐šŽ๐š๐šž๐š›๐š—."

๐™ท๐šŽ ๐šœ๐šŠ๐š’๐š, "๐š†๐š‘๐šข ๐š ๐š’๐š•๐š• ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐š๐š˜ ๐š๐š˜ ๐š‘๐š’๐š– ๐š๐š˜๐š๐šŠ๐šข? ๐™ธ๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š—๐šŽ๐š’๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐š—๐šŽ๐š  ๐š–๐š˜๐š˜๐š—, ๐š—๐š˜๐š› ๐šœ๐šŠ๐š‹๐š‹๐šŠ๐š๐š‘."

๐™ฐ๐š—๐š ๐šœ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šœ๐šŠ๐š’๐š, "๐™ธ๐š ๐š ๐š’๐š•๐š• ๐š‹๐šŽ ๐š ๐šŽ๐š•๐š•." ๐šƒ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š— ๐šœ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šœ๐šŠ๐š๐š๐š•๐šŽ๐š ๐šŠ ๐š๐š˜๐š—๐š”๐šŽ๐šข ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šœ๐šŠ๐š’๐š ๐š๐š˜ ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐šœ๐šŽ๐š›๐šŸ๐šŠ๐š—๐š, "๐™ณ๐š›๐š’๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š๐š˜ ๐š๐š˜๐š›๐š ๐šŠ๐š›๐š; ๐š๐š˜ ๐š—๐š˜๐š ๐šœ๐š•๐š˜๐š ๐š๐š˜๐š ๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š™๐šŠ๐šŒ๐šŽ ๐š๐š˜๐š› ๐š–๐šŽ ๐šž๐š—๐š•๐šŽ๐šœ๐šœ ๐™ธ ๐š๐šŽ๐š•๐š• ๐šข๐š˜๐šž." 2 Kingsโ€ฌ โ€ญ4:22-24โ€ฌ โ€ญNASBโ€ฌโ€ฌ

Shunem, a heavily trafficked city in the land of Issachar was the home of a husband and wife of considerable resource. With the resources available to them, the woman of the house determined to make room for the prophet, a man of God, who carried a double portion of the anointing of Elijah.

๐™ท๐š˜๐š—๐š˜๐š› ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š๐šŽ๐š๐šœ ๐š‘๐š˜๐š—๐š˜๐š›.

The result of the honor bestowed toward the Prophet was the reward of a promised son. This reward was not explicitly sought out, yet the woman received a son, as it was spoken.

A son would continue the legacy of the house. A son would provide for his mother in her waning years. A son determined the generations would continue.

When this son fell ill in the fields of his father, and took repose with his mother, no doubt she felt the concern of any who watch their loved ones struggle with an ailment.

๐š‚๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š๐š’๐š ๐š—๐š˜๐š ๐šข๐šŽ๐š’๐š•๐š ๐š๐š˜ ๐šŠ๐š—๐šข ๐š๐šŠ๐š•๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š›๐šŽ๐š๐šž๐š๐šŽ ๐š˜๐š ๐šŽ๐š–๐š˜๐š๐š’๐š˜๐š—๐šŠ๐š• ๐š๐š•๐šŠ๐š’๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐š ๐š›๐š’๐š—๐š๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐š๐šœ, ๐š๐š’๐šœ๐š™๐šŠ๐š’๐š›, ๐š˜๐š› ๐š๐š›๐š’๐šŽ๐š.

She set her mind on the ๐•ก๐•ฃ๐• ๐•ž๐•š๐•ค๐•– ๐•ก๐•’๐•ค๐•ฅ to gain her ๐•ก๐•ฃ๐• ๐•ž๐•š๐•ค๐•–๐•• ๐•—๐•ฆ๐•ฅ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•–.

The great woman knew ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šŠ๐š—๐šœ๐š ๐šŽ๐š› ๐š˜๐š ๐š๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š๐š‘ [2 Cor 1:9] was within the anointing which flowed from the prophet - and yet, not him, the Father from whom all things flow.

Utilizing the resource of the beast of burden, the donkey, the woman of the tribe of Issachar, of the city of Shunem, highlights the promise of Issachar:

๐™ธ๐šœ๐šœ๐šŠ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š› ๐š’๐šœ ๐šŠ ๐šœ๐š๐š›๐š˜๐š—๐š ๐š๐š˜๐š—๐š”๐šŽ๐šข, ๐š•๐šข๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š๐š˜๐š ๐š— ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š๐š ๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šœ๐š‘๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™๐š๐š˜๐š•๐š๐šœ. ๐š†๐š‘๐šŽ๐š— ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šœ๐šŠ๐š  ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐šŠ ๐š›๐šŽ๐šœ๐š๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š™๐š•๐šŠ๐šŒ๐šŽ ๐š ๐šŠ๐šœ ๐š๐š˜๐š˜๐š ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š•๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š ๐šŠ๐šœ ๐š™๐š•๐šŽ๐šŠ๐šœ๐šŠ๐š—๐š, ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š‹๐š˜๐š ๐šŽ๐š ๐š‘๐š’๐šœ ๐šœ๐š‘๐š˜๐šž๐š•๐š๐šŽ๐š› ๐š๐š˜ ๐š‹๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š› ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š‹๐šž๐š›๐š๐šŽ๐š—๐šœ, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐š–๐šŽ ๐šŠ ๐šœ๐š•๐šŠ๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐šŠ๐š ๐š๐š˜๐š›๐šŒ๐šŽ๐š ๐š•๐šŠ๐š‹๐š˜๐š›. Genesis 49:14-16

There is significantly much more to this account than meets the eye. (Iโ€™ll be discussing โ€˜the moreโ€™ on how all of this connects to the lovely name of ๐™ต๐š•๐š˜๐š ๐š’๐š—๐š ๐™พ๐š’๐š• at The Study Tuesday evening. )

Until then, consider what is in your hand, and to whom you are placing your trust.

ษชแด›s ษชแดแด˜แดส€แด›แด€ษดแด› แด€s แดกแด‡ า“ษชษดษชsสœ แด„ส€แดssษชษดษข แด›สœแด‡ แด›สœส€แด‡sสœแดสŸแด… ษชษดแด›แด แด›สœแด‡ ษดแด‡แดก แด‡ส€แด€.


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