Verse 3 "Sons of the prophets." At Bethel, there was a school and there was a temple.
"Sons"—according to Sanskrit Bible this should read "disciples." A teacher in the East is sometimes
called "father" because of respect. The disciples that were gathered at the school to be taught are the sons
of the prophets.
In spite of any sad news, we can be peaceful by renewing our minds. Easterners are unperturbed
people, undisturbed.
Verse 23 "Go up thou bald head." Elisha was going up to Bethel (which means "house of God"). Little
children came out and mocked him.
"Children"—people above age 13. It is an affectionate term: children of God, children of Israel.
"Bald head"—not hairless, but senseless—an idiot.
"Cursed"—challenged in name of the Lord. He was going to prove God and himself to them.
Abusing a man of God is abusing God.
"Tare them"—clubbed them, did not kill or eat them. Bears do not eat human flesh.
Elisha demonstrated his authority as God's man.
"Go up thou bald head." Bald head: A man who may have a lot of hair on his head, but nothing
inside—an idiot, a fool. These people were mocking him for worshiping God. They thought only a fool
would do so.
Curse—to challenge. He challenged the mockers in the name of God and two she bears attacked
them. The bears only scared them. They did not kill or eat the people. This act proved the authority of
the man of God. Offending a believer is offending God. In Matthew 5:22, "raca" means, "I'll spit in your
It is customary in the East that everyone minds his own business, and also somebody else's.
Everyone has the responsibility of disciplining all children. A person can be brought before the elders of
the gate for not correcting a child which he sees doing wrong. It is a part of Eastern culture to reprove
and correct any wrongdoers. Elisha could not just walk away from this responsibility. He had to check
these people. (See other notes on the Orientalisms in this scripture.)
(Matthew 5:22) "Raca" — fool. "Raca" means "I spit you in the face." This is an insulting practice
in the East, and a man who does this is in danger of being put in jail. "Fool" in the East means "bald
head." He may have plenty of hair, but he has no brain. A Christian we may call silly, no brains, but then
we are saying Christ is empty—because Christ is in him. I cannot insult him, and get away untouched.
Elisha is called a "bald head" here. We must be cautious about what we say.
"Go up thou bald head." Children—endearing term for people of any age. These were not young
children or they would not have been in the woods alone. The Israelites were called "children" of God.
Bethel—house of God.
The mockers were young men who knew right from wrong. They mocked Elisha for going to
worship. They called him "bald head" which means "idiot," "fool," "have much hair on head, but nothing
Curse—challenge. Elisha would not have.cursed in the name of the Lord, but he challenged them in
the name of the Lord. He called upon God and manifested His power.
How could two she bears eat 42 people? They do not even eat human flesh. The bears only scared
the people. They did not harm them.
Why did Elisha not just ignore them and walk away? 1) He wanted to manifest the power of God.
2) In the East, anybody's child can be corrected by anyone else. It is a duty so much that if a person fails
to administer correction where needed, he is brought up before the elders of the gate. These young men
(probably teenagers) would have talked in the city and Elisha would have been brought up before the
elders of the gate if he had not admonished them. In Eastern schools, a cane is used at the first offense of
a child. His hand is rapped with it. If he offends again, he is made to stand up in a chair, which is
humiliating. If his naughtiness continues, his cheek is touched with palm of the hand and great
humiliation is attached to that act. If the child continues to be bad, a girl is asked to touch his cheek and
that is the worst humiliation of all. The practice of touching the cheek with the palm of the hand to insult
is referred to in the gospels when Jesus said that if a man smites you on the cheek, turn the other to him
also. Jesus Christ gives grace and power so that we can take "double insult" without harm.
Verses 23 and 24 "Go up, thou bald head." (Elisha) Bethel—house of God.
Little children not literal here. Jesus said to the fishermen, "Children have you any meat?" It was an
affectionate term. "Children of Israel." Could apply to any age. These "little children" were grown men.
Bald head—1) One who has no hair on head, or 2) one who has nothing inside of head, an idiot.
Elisha was going to Bethel to worship God. These men mocked him by saying he was an idiot to do that.
Cursed them: Elisha turned back and challenged them in the name of the Lord: I'll show you who I am.
"...tare forty and two..."—two she bears could not eat 42 men. They do not even eat meat of men.
The she bears clubbed the men and scared them.
Why did Elisha not just ignore them? First, he demonstrated the power of God. Secondly, in the
East, it is the responsibility of each person to check wrongdoing. Everyone teaches and corrects
everyone's children. Not so many criminals therefore. It is duty of a good citizen to check any
wrongdoing that he sees anyone do. If he does not, he is brought before the elders of the gate.
Bald head, curse. "Bald head" means no brain, stupid, idiot (it does not mean "without hair"). Why
were the children devoured for calling Elisha a "bald head?" "Children" were adults (John 21:5). Elisha
was being mocked because he was going to worship his God. He was "going up." He stopped and
"cursed" them—which read "challenged" in Sanskrit. He never cursed them. He challenged them that if
they would call him "bald head" they also referred to his God as well. In the East, if two men are fighting
or quarreling among themselves and a third passed by, he is obligated to stop the argument. Elisha could
have continued walking and ignored them. Had he not challenged them, he would have been guilty. The
Lord dealt with these men. "Tare" means "frightened" them. Bears don't eat human beings, they only
attack when aggravated. These are human beings, not children—children are not allowed near the woods,
outside of gates. Whatever we sow, we reap. Even if Elisha had not been a man of God and were
insulted, he could still have challenged them. The words have power, no matter who speaks. Therefore
be careful how you speak. Miracles of Christ did not impress the Easterner, because Easterners saw many
miracles by different people (other than those of the true God). Talked about the sacrifice of Easterners
giving up all worldly goods to depend on God.
She bears. Elisha—he got the mantle from Elijah, meaning Elisha became prophet.
"Bethel" means house of God, place to pray. "Little children" means adults here. "Bald head"
means two things: (1) no hair or (2) stupid. Someone with nothing in the head, or an idiot—they were
really accusing God in him. We don't accuse our brothers in Christ for that is like calling God an idiot.
They called him an idiot because he was going to pray. "Cursed"—challenged. Then, cursing was
forbidden. He couldn't have gone on and forgiven them for two reasons: (1) If there is quarreling on the
street, then Eastern people have the right and duty to step in to stop it. A good citizen will reprove
anyone's child on the street. (2) He must prove to them that God was upon him that they might not do
wrong again. Bears do not eat the flesh and blood. "Tare" means scared them away. God saw His
ambassador being ridiculed and proved the power that was upon His men.
Bald head—two meanings. 1) No hair; and 2) Hair, but nothing inside. Used as an insult—cynical,
abusive. "You idiot. You're going to worship God."
Happens here in America...make fun if you go to church or carry a Bible. Humans are all the same
no matter what race, color, size—all have sinned!
Could not walk away—for two reasons. 1. In East, if people make fun of you (insult or mock you),
you should correct them, spank them. If you don't, you are guilty of a crime in society. Anyone can
spank anyone else's children. 2. Wanted to check them for God—wanted to demonstrate power of God,
that if they called him an idiot, they could not get away with it because they then called God an idiot. He
that toucheth you, toucheth me—God said. The Christ in you—"...vengeance is mine...saith the Lord."
Be careful talking about children of God because they belong to Him.
Verse 24: Elisha then challenged them. "Two she bears"—only clawed them, did not eat them up,
they don't eat flesh. No lions sent by God because He only wanted to frighten them away, because
insulted man of God. God showed the authority of the man of God.
Bishop relates story—experience of a friend of his being confused with being black man and being
ridiculed and insulted. About insulting man of God. God does not wish His children to be mocked.
When they are mocked, it's God inside you, and they mock God. We belong to God and God is righteous
and zealous and does not want us to be mocked.
Bishop relates incident—when children insulted him by calling him a "nigger" he did not spank (not
U.S. custom) or reprove them because ignorant—not taught. Barbarian children didn't know any better,
not educated or trained. He rather pitied them.
Verses 10 and 11 Poured water on the hands of Elijah. Here is Elisha, the son of Shaphat who poured
water on the hands of Elijah. These three kings got caught and had no water for their horses. When they
got in trouble, they called upon the Lord; today, most people complain about their opportunities. These
kings were seeking the will of the Lord, as we should. They said, "Is there no prophet here?" Elijah who
was called to be a minister by the throwing of the mantle. Elisha was Elijah's disciple (must do all
humiliating work of the master; do all the menial tasks). Then (wash his feet, his clothes, and his floors)
the pride is knocked out so that truth may get in. "I am not here to work, but to get a degree," is not a
common complaint, but one which we would make today. The final and most menial task is to pour
water on the master's hands. All people are proud by nature. They refuse to believe that someone knows
more than they do. This is why the Bishop shared the Word with people. "All great men are humble and
Verse 11 "Poured water." Most Eastern people eat with their fingers. A servant will come and bring
water to pour on the hands, or a young child in a school of prophets where priests are taught the chief
priests give them all kinds of dirty jobs to do to break the pride of the student with menial jobs. Most
humiliating thing to do is to pour water on the hands of the prophet, that is graduation for priesthood, it is
last thing to do before graduation.
To carry someone's sandals or to pour water on his hands is very degrading work. The graduation
from monastery training is to pour water on the master's hands showing all the pride has been knocked
out and humility is perfected in him.
"Poured water on the hands." This means that Elisha was a fully qualified disciple of Elijah; he was
able to know the mind of God; he could prophesy. Seems that a question/ answer session was cut out.
"Which poured water on the hands of Elijah." "Which poured water." In the East when in trouble
you would go immediately to the man of God. Three kings in trouble, want to know if man of God can
give them the "score."
Elisha—"pour water on hands of Elijah." In East prophets trained in different way than in West. In
America, go to seminary and then ordained. Eastern temples, not so. Man takes the person he wants to
train to take his place, out of the temple, to his home. There he gives him a lot of dirty work to knock the
pride out of him—example, scrub floors, wash floors, wash his feet—if he can do it without getting
angry, then you can teach him anything and he'll remember it, also humble. At graduation—in the East,
people eat with fingers. A servant washes your hands and the most menial job is to pour the water on
man's hands while eating. Elisha qualified to be a prophet because he poured water on Elijah's hands—he
was graduated into the secrets—fully qualified—all secrets of God and ministry.
Last thing he could do to qualify himself.
Verse 15 "Bring me a minstrel." For Elisha to call the minstrel was nothing unusual. This practice
exists in many Eastern religions. These Eastern religions believe that through playing music, they would
be able to receive "knowledge." Hand of Lord—strength of God.
Verses 1-6 See II Corinthians 9:8.
Verse 22 "Go and come again." Shunammite's son was given in answer to prayer through Elisha. Now
that child has died. The Shunammite mother said she wanted to go to the man of God "and come again."
In the East, one never says "I shall go" without saying he will return again, even if he has no intention of
returning. "Goodbye, I go and come again." Just like we say, "Goodbye, hope to see you again."
Verse 23 The new moon is a tremendous thing in the East. They sat on new moon day, and do all sorts
of good things, go to the priest for healing. If you want to go to the man of God to get something, it must
be a new moon or a sabbath day.
Visiting the man of God. Easterners visit the man of God on the sabbath and at the new moon. She
answered her husband, "peace."
"Neither new moon or sabbath." In the East, they believe that the astrologers and the prophets can
get better revelation on the Sabbath day or on the day of the new moon. They will go to a soothsayer on
the new moon or the Sabbath because they believe that on those days he can get a special revelation.
Verse 24 The woman sat and held the reins and the man drives the donkey from behind. Whenever she
wants to stop, he goes before and holds the reins. She has the reins to turn the donkey. It should be
"...drive, and let it go forward...." "...Slack not thy driving..." it should be.
Riding a donkey. In the East, when a person gets on a donkey, he has a driver—one who leads the
donkey. The rider tells the driver to stop and he tells the donkey to stop. Shunammite told the driver,
"Restrain not for me to ride."
Verses 24-29 Staff, salute. When woman rides an ass, she sits on it and holds the reins while a servant
hits it from behind. Even though the child was dead, she said it was well. Easterners are always positive
in speech. It is not a lie. To Easterner, when the body dies the soul keeps living, so he is not really dead.
Verse 27: "Caught him by the feet"—complete surrender. Verse 29: "Gird up loins" —flowing robes
hinder running and walking so girdle is roped around waist to catch up garments. When the Word says to
Christians to gird up loins, it means "let nothing hinder you."
The staff symbolizes authority. Every prophet has one. He leans on staff and makes a statement—it
means "thus saith the Lord." Jacob did so when he blessed his children. Here, Elisha gave his staff to
Gehazi to lay on the face of the child.
(Luke 10:4, "salute" here means solicit, "Do not beg from people" different meaning than in II
Kings.) "Salute" in II Kings 4:29 means to acknowledge or to speak to people. Eastern people ask many,
many questions of a stranger when they engaged in conversation in the way: "Where are you from?"
"Where are you going?" etc., etc. Elisha did not want Gehazi to be distracted from authority placed in
him. Distraction would defile or contaminate the authority represented by the staff. Contact with people
of the world disrupts renewed mind and believing.
We should not be encumbered with the things of this world. Our sufficiency is in God. Take no
anxious thought for tomorrow. Matthew 6:25ff. "Take no thought" means "don't be anxious," not "don't
think about."
Verses 25 and 26 Positive confession. The woman answered that "It is well," to the man of God when
verse 20 says her child died. She had great believing. The Oriental way of speech is to be positive
always. (Never a negative!) In the East, when a person comes to family's home at meal time, he must
refuse to eat; be constrained.
Verse 26 This is the way they inquire. The child was really dead, but spiritually speaking she believed
he was not.
"It is well." At this point, their child is dead. The Eastern people do not allow any negatives in their
speech or way of life.
Verse 27 Falling at the feet and catching them is symbolic of submission, obedience. If you do it to a
holy man. He thrusts her away because holy men in the East don't like people to touch their feet.
Nevertheless, they do it.
Kissing the feet. In the East, if you kiss the feet of a holy man, you are showing humility. This
happens all the way through the Bible. The men of God usually encourage the people to depart from
them saying, "Depart from us, we are also like you, so don't kiss our feet." Kissing the feet was
humiliation but a sign of humiliation. The Eastern thinking is that you catch the feet or kiss the feet of
one who is above you, sinless, pure. The apostles said, "Don't do this, we are sinful, too." Only one's feet
should be caught, God's or the Lord Jesus Christ's. When kissing feet, we put the man up above us. The
Lord Jesus Christ is the only one we should glorify and magnify. Jesus Christ is the top man of the
fellowship. His name is above every name. The servant, Gehazi, came to tell the Shunammite not to
catch Elisha's feet. The man of God had not received information about the Shunammite woman.
Easterners are taught not to rejoice in good news or not to sorrow in bad news. Our souls should not be
affected by these things; we must live above these things. We should not be lifted up by praise, or
downcast by criticism or curse. If we act this way, we will always be enjoying the peace of God.
(Bhagavad—God gita—? This is the new testament of the Hindus. It will contain all of these truths.) We
don't belong to this world. So in famine we don't yell; in riches we are not puffed up. Our souls remain
unaffected, like a lotus flower on water. Lotus flower is born in water, but the water does not touch the
lotus; so a man should live. So a man should train his mind to live unaffected by health, illness, praise,
cursing, wealth, misery. We avoid worry and fear this way.
Verse 29 "Gird up thy loins" means put a gird around your cloak so it will not hinder your running.
"Gird up thy loins" means "get ready to go." If he would stop and salute and talk to people after he had
healed the child, the people would say I stopped and talked to him and gave him some prayers so that is
why the child is better. "Salute" means "don't get dominated."
Gird up thy loins. Staff. Salute no man in the way. Eastern people wear flowing robes. They put
on a girdle, so that all the clothes are tied together, thus making them ready to walk and run. Without the
girdle, running is impossible. "Gird up thy loins" means "get ready to go (nothing should hinder you)
anytime." Elisha gave Gehazi his staff, which is symbolic of authority. Saluting people in the way (Luke
10:4) indicates you are asking for something as a priest. While carrying a staff and saluting, you are
becoming contaminated by the world. Then if you salute no man in the way, then the ensuing miracle
will give God glory, having gone and remained pure. Like the guards at Buckingham palace, they are
under the authority of the king, not able to mess around.
(Hosea 4:12; Isaiah 40:30,31) "Stocks" is idols made of wood. Every idol has a staff in his hand.
Staff stands for authority. Our authority is the Word. The heathens look to their staff for the answer.
Anything that is not faith in Christ is an idol—anything that interferes with the love of God (e.g. bad
habits). Bishop says if you don't give up habits, you aren't really saved. You must abandon yourself like
eagles who dive. They don't fly, they put their heads down and dive into water to lose their feathers.
Thousands do it all at one season. They must lose old feathers first, then they get new ones and they can
run and not be weary (Isaiah 40:30,31). Idol worship applies to church members, too.
"Staff"—significant of authority. Symbolizes the Word of God. Several kinds of salutes: 1) "Palm
to palm" means "you and I are one in God." 2) Mohammedans and Jews say, "Peace be unto you" while
putting thumb and two fingers together which is symbol of their triune god, "I wish you peace in my
mind, in my mouth and in my heart." Gehazi was not to contaminate the staff by contact with people on
the road. (See also: Luke 10:1-4)
Staff, salute. Staff—symbol of authority. Salute—he was told not to greet anyone to answer their
questions, because Eastern people ask many, many questions of a stranger.
Elisha did not want Gehazi to be distracted from the authority which was placed in him (symbolized
by the staff). Distraction would defile or contaminate his stayed mind. Confusion might set in. Some
strangers that he might meet could perhaps be witch doctors, etc., which would cause unbelief.
II Kings 4:38-41. Poison. Sons of prophets—students of prophets.
Verse 41. Elisha was commanding and claiming the promise of God. That got rid of the poison—
not the meal. Verse 41 - meal = wheat flour (from Sanskrit)
Verses 42-44 Eating. Food multiplied by God to feed many. Sufficiency in God from day to day. God
answers prayer of everybody.
Verse 8 Rent his clothes (tore). Rent—tore, rending of clothing is tearing of it. They rent only one
article of clothing—the mantle. Rending of it is an outward sign of inward anger or sorrow. It is not the
clothes they rent, always the mantle.
Verse 9 Although Naaman was a great politician, they still all have to stand at the door of a prophet's
house, even the king or the smallest people. A priest can tell them to sit down there and they will listen.
The Oriental priests will make the kings come to them and wait at the door until he says, "yes." Door of
the courtyard, not the door of the house.
Verse 11 Healing. Naaman was a leper. He went to Elisha who told him to go wash in the river Jordan.
Naaman got angry at Elisha for not performing a miracle. Just as if we went to a doctor and he said,
"Take two aspirin and drink plenty of liquids." We would rather get a thorough examination, pay the fee,
get a few prescriptions and then be healed. Just as we cannot put our confidence in this doctor's simple
solution, and others hear the simplicity of the gospel and disbelieve it, so Naaman cannot believe. Simple
things are more effective. (Jesus spit on the blind man's eye. The Easterners believe there is healing or
cure in the spittle of a holy man.)
Verse 16 Refused to take gifts. Elisha would not receive a gift after the fact. Prior to asking for a favor
or help from a man of God, he will accept a gift. But after he has done his job, he will accept nothing, for
it is like you are selling your gift of God.
Earth. Naaman said that he'd like to give gifts to Gehazi instead. The earth represents the holy man
from whom Naaman got healed. In the name of this holy man and through this earth, he will worship
God. If he used to worship idols, he now turns to God by looking at the earth. It is similar to a salt
covenant. He now remembers the God who healed him.
Verse 17 The two mules are the animals of burden in India. Symbolic that this man is born to respect
and honors the God of this land from whom he got the healing. That is a token to him that whenever he
has earth in his house or place of worship, it is a memorial. When they bring dirt from the temple gates
and spread it in their houses where they pray and they put a deerskin upon it and sit down and pray. This
man might have believed in the same system. He wanted to use it as a memorial so when he sits upon it
his mind will go back and think about the man of God through which he got healed and he is going to
devote his life to that God and that religion. It is sort of a bridge between that God and this man which he
keeps in his memory. He only wanted earth, not the mules.
"Two mules burden of earth." Naaman has just been healed of his leprosy. He realized that there is
no God in all the earth, but in Israel. He was taking this earth back to his home country as a memorial, a
remembrance of the greatness of the deliverance that he found when he came to the God of Israel. In the
Sanskrit translation, the question shall there not then, etc. is placed at the end of the verse. When Naaman
would go back to his country, he could spread this earth on the ground and sit and pray upon this earth as
a remembrance to his deliverance. People today visiting the holy lands will bring back bottles of water
from the Jordan River, sand from the Sea of Galilee, etc. It is a common tradition that anyone who takes
money for carrying a leper will get leprosy; therefore, the trip with Gehazi.
We don't need to carry the burden with us because Christ is in us.
Verse 18 Lean on my hand. Then Naaman adds his fine print. House of Rimmon is god of the pagans
(symbolic of something). "Leaning on my hand"—when the king goes somewhere accompanied by his
servants, they have a piece of wood which he leans on (4-5 feet long, similar to a crutch. He does not lean
on a man. He leans on the stick which the servant carries. Naaman is going to bow down in a pagan
temple and his servant should do this also! Naaman wanted a pardon for doing this "duty." Eventually
Gehazi received the leprosy of Naaman.
Verse 19 Translation: "...So he departed and went on his way."
Verse 27 Gehazi accepted the gift which Elisha refused—there are many such stories in Hindu
mythology which are good illustrations to verify scripture. There is a place in the East they call Banaras
which is a holy place where people go to bathe. Lepers must dip in a certain spot after which they give a
gift to a Brahman priest, but he refuses it because tradition says that anyone who receives a gift from a
leper will also receive their leprosy. The serpent of Hoses has a comparison in Madras, India today where
a large brass pole has a serpent hanging on top—people bitten by a serpent walk around this pole three
times and are supposed to be healed. (Numbers 21:8,9)
These customs only confirm scripture as Paul says: "For now we see through a glass darkly; but then
face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (I Corinthians 13:12)
Leprosy. Naaman had gone to Elisha for healing of leprosy. For gratitude of his healing, Naaman
offered a present to Elisha, but he refused it because it is Eastern belief that if a person accepts a gift from
a leper for healing, the leprosy will come back to the healer or to his seed. Leprosy is carried in the
blood. It usually shows up at birth or before maturity. Easterners believed that it was a curse from God
for wrongdoing in past life. After Elisha turned Naaman back without accepting a gift, Gehazi, Elisha's
servant, ran after Naaman and accepted gifts from him for himself. Elisha knew by revelation what had
happened. The leprosy of Naaman was then upon Gehazi and his seed.
Leprosy of Naaman. Read all of Chapter 5 to get the context.
The Eastern tradition is if you take a gift from a leper, the leprosy will come to you. Therefore, the
priests would never accept a gift.
In the East there is a large brass pole with a serpent on top of it. If a person is bitten by a serpent, he
may run around this pole three times and be healed.
Verse 25 "Dove's dung" is a kind of a pea. It is smaller and is given to the doves to feed. "Asses head"
is a kind of a root grown in the hedges.
Asses head—wild root that grows in the hedges. Only pigs and cows eat it. Dove's dung—green pea
(fed to doves). These usages are like the American expression "hot dog."
Asses head is not literal just like a "hot dog." Asses head is the name of a root in the East. Only the
cows and donkey's eat them. It became so scarce in the famine that the price of it was very high.
Otherwise, people would not even lick it if they were asked to lick it. This expresses the acuteness of the
famine. Dove's dung is a kind of pea fed to the doves. It also was so scarce that its price was expensive.
In Bombay, India, a dish on the menu is "Bombay Duck." No duck.
Did not teach it.
Verse 26 "...Upon the wall..." should be "...upon the housetop...."
Verse 27 "If you do not let the Lord save you" is what the king said. "Whence shall I help you?" Barns
are the places where they keep grains. The barns are built with mud. They may be 10 feet high and about
five feet deep. They have these in their courtyard, especially if they are farmers. You can't see the
surface of the barn on the inside unless the barn is empty. He means, can I help you from the empty barn.
That is why he said barn floor. In the winepress, there is nothing at anytime except when they tread the
grapes. Even then the grape juice is going out quickly. There is nothing left by the time they are through
treading. The winepress is always empty and the barn floor is always empty because if it isn't, they don't
say floor. He says can I help you out of nothing.
Verse 1 This is a sign of prosperity.
Verses 1 and 2 On whose hand the Lord leaned. At the gate of Samaria, selling barley and flour here is
a symbol of prosperity. The king leaned on the staff (crutch).
Verse 2 If you are such a doubting Thomas, you shall not have any of it. The king didn't say so, but the
Lord, the noble, on whose hand the king leaned did. The bodyguards are nobles, even today. Nobility is
from the royal family usually. He is a closer person to the king than other body guards. He goes with the
king, especially when the king goes to the temple to pray. He carries with him a crutch like stick made of
wood and decorated with gold and silver. It is about five or six feet long. This is what the king leans on.
There is no English word for it so they just put hand, but it doesn't have anything to do with the hand.
The king takes this because in the East the church services are so long and he doesn't want to leave
because he should be an example because he is the pillar of the temple. Most of the time they have to
stand and when they stand so long they become tired; therefore, they take this crutch and put it under his
arms so he may lean. This is also made shorter so that those who sit like the bishop, may also lean. They
keep changing from one hand to the other. When the king gets tired of leaning on one arm, the bodyguard
takes it and puts in on the other arm. Because they don't have a word for it, they put it that way.
This fellow in verse 2 was later crushed at the gate. In this case, the gate may have been 10 feet
wide or bigger. The people came by the thousands and he was crushed.
Verse 17 It is the same thing.
On whose hand he leaned. Same explanation as II Kings 5:13; Tape 54 - Side 1 - Index 360.
Verse 9 "Forty camels burden." This is a demonstration of the wealth of the people. They could have
been brought on one camel, but it is placed on all 40 camels just to show off. This is an Oriental
demonstration of power and wealth.
Verses 9-14 Verse 9, cannot go to a prophet, a family doctor, a woman in a family way, a priest or a
person in the hospital empty handed. (As the woman with alabaster box to Jesus in Matthew 26:7.)
"Forty camels burden" means that one person could carry the whole load; the forty camels were just a
show or demonstration of glory of the king.
"Thy son—Benhadad was not Elisha's son. It is an affectionate term. ("Children" of Israel were not
actual children; affectionate term. "Sons" of the prophets; students of the prophets...affectionate term.
"Father" (some prophets) affectionate term for spiritual guide.) Father is one who creates; mother is one
who produces.
Verse 13: Literal—"And Hazael said, what is thy servant, which is but a dog." I am nobody, as a
dog is...I am low caste—that I shall be able to do all these great things? Hazael needed to learn to think
more highly of himself.
Verse 8 Pisseth against the wall. "Shut up" means in prison. "Left in Israel" means free. "Him that
pisseth against the wall" means MEN, or ALL MEN.
Verse 26 Translation: "...and the blood of his sons, saith the Lord; and I will requite thee in this plat of
Plat = pot.
Verse 36 Translation: "...Tishbite, saying, On the portion of land of Jezreel...."
Dogs eat the flesh of Jezreel.
Verse 22 Vestments for all the worshippers of Baal. A marriage is a sacrament to God in the East.
(Sacrament—worshiping God in the marriage.) God is a witness. Each person attending must wear this
vestment, robe. This custom of robes, incense, candles, etc. are all adopted from Baal worship.
Verse 12 Here the word "testimony" means "the Bible or the Word of God." It is the spiritual law
according to what nation they are in. If they are a Jew, they give a testimony. "God save the king"
should be "Let the king live forever." "...and they applauded, saying..." When they clapped their hands
they were rejoicing. When they anoint a king in the East, the nobles that sit in the front seats clap their
hands and the rest of the people keep quiet.
Verse 14 The kings are the servants of God, they are priests also. When the king goes to the temple, he
stands by the side of a pillar, usually the middle pillar. It signifies that he is a pillar of the temple of God.
The temple is standing by him. Without him there would be no temple and no ceremony, rituals of
sacrifices because he being the king, a political ruler, is also a spiritual ruler of the church or the temple.
He defends the cause of God by standing by the pillar. He is holding it up. The King of England is the
head of the Church of England. The bishop can't do anything without the king's permission. The king
appoints the bishops. "Pillar" here should be "stone." This is the stone of Jacob, "...as the manner was..."
should be "...as the custom was"
Verse 14 "Now Elisha was fallen sick unto death...and said, O my father, my father, you were the
chariot of Israel...." He was the hero and power of Israel. He was not really his father. This is where the
Eastern people get the idea of calling a minister father. Jesus said, "Call no man father." Eastern people
call anyone in the street, older than them, "father," as a sign of respect, and mother also. He did not say
you should not call the men of God father, but he meant you shouldn't call just anybody father because he
is older than you.
Verses 14,16,17 Elisha. Elisha was sick from his sickness, or sick unto death. "Father" means he was a
respected man.
Verse 17 "Open the window eastward." The shooting of the arrow out the window is an oriental
declaration of war. When one country would declare war in this manner, the other country had 15 days in
which to respond. Shooting the arrow through the window is a declaration of war. The two kings would
come together and fight each other. This happened before the shooting through the window.
Verse 18 Stayed should be stood. It means he stopped striking. He did what the man of God did and
then stopped and looked at the man of God.
Verse 21 "Touch the bones of Elisha." This story is similar to other stories that occur in the background
of religion in different Eastern countries. There are stories like this in their mythology and legend.
Verse 9 "Cedar" means a good judge in the city who exercises excellent judgment and justice. "Thistle"
means a bad judge in the city who exercises poor judgment and justice. "Wild beast trode down" means
the evil judge is not worthy to have for a wife the daughter of the good judge—he is not worthy to be
associated in this manner with the good judges.
People in the East, especially women, like to tell riddles to each other after meals—Sampson's
riddle: Judges 14:14:
"And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth
sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle." After they guessed the riddle, he
(Samson) said:
Judges 14:18:
"...If ye had not plowed with my heifer (wife), ye had not found out my riddle." Before a wife has
borne children in the East, they are called "heifers."
The thistle and the cedar. Suppose there is a no-good judge in the town; in another town there is a
very good judge, the thistle represents the bad judge, the cedar the good judge.
The thistle is symbolic of a bad man, the cedar is symbolic of a good man. The thistle was "trode
down" because he was asking for something which he did not deserve.
Verse 10 Memorial stone. The green tree was the heaven tree (see "heavenly tree"). Groves—several
trees about size of plum tree planted with images for worship in the center. Made of stone and wood.
Sometimes stone images set up in village—not gods for worship, but they are memorial stones set up to
commemorate something which happened.
Oil is poured on the stone. Oil is symbolic of the holy spirit since the beginning of time. Sanctifies
the memorial. Jacob practiced this. He set up the stone which he used for a pillow and poured oil on it
for a memorial after his talk with God at Bethel (Genesis 28:18).
A thing which is patriotic in England or America is considered pagan "idol-worship" in India:
American often puts wreaths, etc., on stone memorials, it is not different than pouring oil on the stone
memorial in the East.
Verses 16 and 17 Molten images are made of brass, copper and silver. The Eastern people melt the ore
and then fashion an idol according to their choosing.
Calves used as sacrifices on the altar signify, "We are giving God praise." Therefore, in the Bible,
"calves of our lips" means "praising God." This expression equals making a sacrifice to God. A calf is a
sacrifice but when it is worshiped, it becomes an idol. Casting idols from molten brass, copper or silver is
a very ancient practice, and the idols found near the temples in the East today may have been formed
more than 500 years ago.
In the East, two brazen calves are often found before the temples as well as around the gates and
beside the holy waters. Each temple has a small pond called a molten sea, and the surrounding walls are
made of brass. Calves are sacrifices with the belief that God will keep His people safe and secure. When
the people of the East pray, they point to the calves and say, "Lord, the sacrifice which our forefathers
made unto thee in the years gone by—we also make unto thee now. Please, Lord, forgive us."
Idols are frequently erected in the midst of a grove. In the Bible, a grove is usually a small plot of
ground higher than the surrounding land, on which there are trees that grow quickly and provide shade.
There trees that grow and die quickly are known in the Bible as "green bay trees." The Eastern people
believe that the green bay trees indicate God's presence and are symbolic of God's prosperity and
Once every six months, during the full moon days, the women go to these groves to cook food and to
call upon God, believing his presence is there in manifestation because the groves are green. The true
God instructed His people that they were not to worship Him in the groves, but were to cut down the
groves and high places, meaning "Don't worship idols, but rid yourself of them by destruction."
In Jeremiah we read that the people baked cakes to the queen of heaven, who is supposed to be one
of the goddesses in the stars of the sky. Some stars are also called the host of heaven. According to the
superstition propagated by the priests, the people will suffer a severe plague if they do not have a grand
festival in honor of the queen of heaven. Thus, many people in the East are subjugated by fear. One of
the foremost idols of the groves in the Bible is Baal.
The practice of "fire walking" is not new, but as old as history and as devilish as Satan. Only a
devil-possessed person could walk on white hot coals of fire without getting burned.
The Mohammedans, who are not supposed to be superstitious or indulge in base practices, have an
unusual tradition. Once a year, at the time of the greatest religious festival, they build a special pit 14 feet
in diameter and 4 or 5 feet deep, with an elevated wall two feet high surrounding the pit. A few days
before the feast, they build the fire and keep spreading the red hot coals throughout the pit. On the
festival day people walk through the fire to prove that they have not sinned, because they do not get their
feet burned. If they have to find out if a man has committed a crime, they compel him to go through the
fire. If he gets his feet burned, he is guilty.
God is not pleased with such ungodly practice, and His people are constantly warned not to
participate in such devilish acts. God's people are to be judged by Him and His standards and not
according to any of man's ideas. God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him are to worship Him in Spirit
and not according to any image or idol. A spirit has no form or comeliness. The true God is the Father of
our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
Verse 17 Some people walk in fire for money. It is not of God, brings no glory to Him. Bishop Pillai
believes that these Indians accomplish their feat by renewed mind believing—just by making up the mind
to do so.
It was a pagan system to make a vow to make sons and daughters walk in fire to see if they have
lived a clean and godly life. It is against God's will to do this.
Divination—stick is tied with coconut at one end. Bear drums, sing, jump, shout and pray. If
something has been stolen, all are gathered around, especially suspicious characters and stick is supposed
to be guided by God to tell who the thief is. The man who holds the stick is a stranger. The stick points
to the culprit and the coconut touches him. He then relinquishes what was stolen for fear of punishment
from God. See Hosea 4:12, stocks. Stocks are several pieces of wood bound together. Each piece of
wood is a staff.
The Devil takes a place where there is no renewed mind. Consulting dividing staff is spiritual
whoredom. It is not depending on God.
"To pass through fire." 10 feet wide by 10 feet long coals of fire, bring children on festival days,
bless them and then they walk through fire, if their feet burn then this means that they have lived
unrighteously but if they have lived rightly then their feet will not burn. This is a test of dedication to
God. Only certain classes do this. Bishop did not belong to this class so he did not do this. The Devil
gives them power to do this without burning their feet.
Walking through fire. Dig a pit 2' or 3' in diameter, one foot deep. After fasting, make their children
walk through the fire. Idol supposed to give them power so that their feet will never burn. Practice it still
today. Some get blisters but some get no effect. Where is the glory to God? Renewed mind is our power.
Divination. Pharaoh's cup of divination was placed in Joseph's bag of corn to accuse him. Some
cups of divination have names of stars on them engraved. They pour water in it and divide by which star
appears in the water first.
Verse 17 Tartan, rabsaris, rabshakeh, eunuchs. Tartan, Rabsaris and Rabshakeh are the king's officer's
(not proper names, though) position. Tartan—chief attorney. Rabsaris — the chief of the eunuchs.
*Chamberlain is the head of the eunuchs and keeper of the harems. *Rabshakeh—the chief of the army.
These men are always with the king in the palace; with these men, king sent a message to Hezekiah.
Refers to Joshua 9:21. "Hewers of wood"—the women do this; "Drawers of water" is for the men.
In other words, these people became slaves. Yet men could not work with women. Harems consist
entirely of women. Men were never hired. Only eunuchs, because being neither in sex, they were
considered harmless. In Joshua, the men had to have been castrated because they were working with
Verse 27 Eat their own dung, drink their own piss. The men who sit on the wall. Rabshakeh, military
men, is the spokesman (he can scare them better). "Eat their own dung, and drink their own piss," means
stinging enslavement and stinging poverty without a way out. "The men who sit on the wall" means the
elders of the gate, the judges of the city. Every city had a wall and the elders of the gate had offices in the
wall. They are judges of the country. Rahabs house was built on the wall of the city.
Verse 3 Birth (success or nonsuccess). "The children are come to the birth, and there is not enough
strength to bring forth"—all but successful in an attempt, but there is a delay in success; a promise that
success will be seen in just a matter of time. When you come back from a mission you aren't asked did
you succeed, but "is it a boy or a girl?" Or, "is it a ripe or unripe fig?" If a person says, "It's a girl," he
means he failed. If he said, "It's a boy," he succeeded. "Ripe fig" means successful, "unripe fig" means
The children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
We have all the resources we need, but no strength to demonstrate them: we have all the army, all
the power, but no strength to hit the enemy back unless God helps us. "The children are come to the
birth, and there is not strength to bring forth," means they could not demonstrate the great army that they
We have all the resources. Now we need the strength to demonstrate it (holy spirit). We have no
excuse, except to lack believing to act. We have all the teaching, yet we must act on it to get results. We
cannot say what Hezekiah said. Lots of blank space on tape.
Verse 26 "Grass of the field." These are thorns and thistles which are gathered for fire, bushes which
crackle in the fire.
Spiritual application: a man who is as the grass of the field has no backbone, no permanency, no
resources, lives for today only, will be gone tomorrow.
"Grass on the housetops." Housetops are flat, and people go up at noontime and pray to God. These
housetops if not made of cement are made of dirt and grass grows in the cracks and it quickly dies for no
one waters it. People don't want it there because it is a symbol of the curse of God.
Spiritual application: means un-permanent—grows today, dies tomorrow.
"Corn blasted before it be grown up," this like others means destruction or punishment from God for
not doing His will.
Verses 1 and 2 Turning to the wall is another Eastern custom. It is symbolic of there being no hope
whatever. I am up against a stone wall. Although I am up against a stone wall, yet I have confidence in
you, in God.
Verse 13 "I will stretch over Jerusalem" should read "I will measure Jerusalem." If Jerusalem doesn't
measure up to God's law by his line, then he will wipe Jerusalem like a man wiping a dish. Even turning
it upside down, getting rid of all the dirt.
Verse 4 The priests of the second order were the priests next to the high priest. Wherever you read
grove it means an idol. An idol placed in the midst of the green trees. That is what a grove is. "...Burned
them without Jerusalem..." should be translated, "...they burned them outside Jerusalem...." The ashes are
symbolic of salvation by sacrifice, salvation by good works. In this case, they are taking the ashes of the
vessels. That is a token that they have destroyed all the vessels that had to do with idols.
Verse 5 "The high places." High places are mountains and hills. They build temples on the hills and
have idols in them.
Verse 6 "Grove" is an idol. "Without" means "outside." Casting the ashes on the graves means you are
equal to them. You are dead anyway and these idols are as dead as you.
Verse 11 They dedicated the houses and chariots to the sun god. They also burned them like they did
the idols.