In Israel there were young men who studied the ancient scriptures about Abraham and the history of the Hebrews. They gathered in seminaries. They were called The Sons of the Prophets.
One day Elisha was told by the students in a school nearby that it was getting too crowded there. Some of them wanted to move and build a new school. Every man who moved would cut lumber. As students they didn’t have much money so they had to build it themselves.
Elisha went with them to a site by the Jordan River where the water was really deep. All the fellows got busy cutting down trees to make beams. Students didn’t own tools, but they had borrowed iron axes and hammers with wooden handles. Tools were expensive in those days.
One day, while Elisha watched, one of them cried out, “Master Elisha, the iron head fell off of the axe I was using! It fell into the river! I’ll never be able to find it! It was borrowed!”
Elisha said, “Show me where it fell in.”
The boy pointed to the place. Elisha cut off a young sapling tree and dropped the stick onto the water.
All of a sudden they saw something coming up out of the water! It was the iron axe head! It sat there floating on top of the water!
“Go ahead, grab it,” Elisha said.
The boy scooped it up and reattached it to the wooden handle and joyfully went back to work!
At another time, a lady came to Elisha with a sad story.
“My husband was a member of The Sons of the Prophets and we have two little boys," she said. "But my husband died! We love the Lord, but now a creditor is going to come and take my boys to sell them for bondmen.”
Likely the father had to borrow money for his family while he went to school. Bonded people were sold almost like slaves, except that after years of work their debt would be paid off and they could be set free.
Elisha asked her, “What do you have in your house?”
She answered, “Nothing! I don’t have anything except one pot of oil!”
Elisha said, “Okay. Now you and your boys go out in the neighborhood and borrow every kind of empty pot and bucket and jug you can find!”
They did it. They scrounged up dozens of vessels, anything that would hold liquid. Finally they couldn’t get any more.
“Okay, now you three go into the house and shut the door and pour oil out of your pot into the other pots until they are all full,” Elisha said,
Oil was expensive in those days. Olive oil was used for cooking and lamp lights and skin and hair care and medicine. So, they started filling pot after pot. They were amazed because the more they poured out of their one pot the more was there to fill more pots!
At last, the boys had no more pots to fill! The lady went to Elisha.
"They are all filled with oil, all of them, out of my one pot!”
Elisha said, “Fine! Now go and sell the oil and pay off your debt and support yourself and your sons on the rest.”
Sons of the Prophets knew what many Christians know today, God will make a way even if it takes a miracle.
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