The Bones are Shouting

Bible Reading: 2 Kings 13: 14-25

Text verse 21:
And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of
men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down,
and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.

For the past 3 months on a Saturday night most of us in this Church have sat riveted to our TV,
watching that powerful Afrikaans drama - Sterk Skemer.

In almost every episode David - Davey Boy - was heard to utter the words -
The Bones are shouting !
The Bones of his sister were calling out for revenge !

Ancestoral Worship plays an important role in African Society.
The Ancestors demand respect, honour and revenge if wronged !
Hence the words: The bones are shouting !

The Sangoma - African Witchdoctor has an iron grip on a large segment of our population.
When the sangoma opens his bag containing amongst other things the bones and scatters them on the floor. Everyone present waits with bated breath for the sangoma to read the bones.
What will the bones reveal ? What do the bones say ?
What are the bones shouting for - revenge - honour !

Nothing but superstition !
Yes, but the bones of Elisha have a powerful message for us today !
They are shouting out a message for us !

Previous, to our Bible reading we read of Elisha in 2 Kings 9:1
Our Bible reading 2 Kings 13:14-25.
Bible scholars tell us that some 43 years spans the events between these passages.

For 43 years we read nothing of Elisha - no miracles - no mighty deeds that he performed.
Only silence !

And now we read of the final event of his life.
We read that he suffered a long sick bed and that he died.
He died and was buried !

Silence - but if you listen carefully - His bones are shouting out a powerful message !

Listen again:
2 Kings 13: 20-21
And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the
coming in of the year. And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied
a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let
down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.

When they cast the man into the grave of Elisha -on touching Elisha’s bones,
he was revived - he came alive !

The message of Elisha’s bones.
Elisha may be dead - Miracles may not have not happened for 43 years
- All that remains is a heap of bones but the bones are calling out:
Elisha may be dead - a mere heap of bones but
a miracle is still possible because the God of Israel is still alive.

Malachi 3:6
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Listen to the Scriptures:
2 Kings 13:23
And the LORD was gracious unto them, and hadcompassion on them, and had respect unto them,
because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast
he them from his presence as yet.

Don’t fear the enemy - Your God is still able to deliver you
- even though Elisha is just a heap of bones !

Likewise, today many claim that the day of miracles ceased with the apostles.
Friend we don’t believe in a day of miracles we only believe in the God of the miracle !

Listen to the Word of God:
Luke 1:37
For with God nothing shall be impossible.

If the bones of the Apostles were able to shout out a message today, it would be just this:
Jesus our Saviour and Lord is not dead He is alive.
Listen what the writer of the Book of Hebrews says:

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Listen further to what Paul says:
1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:
but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;
but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Romans 8:38-39
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor
things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to
separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Are you fleeing the enemy today ?
Do you need a miracle in your life ?

Then both the bones of the Apostles and of Elisha are calling out today:

Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.

The Message - the LORD is able to help you if only you will put your trust in HIM !

But the final message of Elisha’s bones also contains a reminder to us
that death also awaits every and everyone of us:

It is certain that each one of us will die.
The Bible says:
Hebrews 9:27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Our bones will also one day be shouting out a message.
What message will that be ?

Centuries ago Charlemagne ruled what today is much of the European continent.
By a strange situation this ruthless ruler conveyed an important spiritual message
to the world but not during his lifetime, instead it was after his death,
by the bone of his index finger !

When he died, he was entombed in a grand style, having his body set on an ivory throne
decked out with gold and precious stones.
On his head they placed a crown of jewels, and by propping up his arm they had
him holding a scepter, the symbol of power.
On his finger was a signet ring; he wore a robe of purple,
and on a scroll placed in his lap were written many of the deeds, many which were evil
but with Scripture verses mingled in so as to give a sense of approval by God.
The burial unit was sealed finally.

Centuries later the seal was broken to reveal some surprises.
The flesh had rotted like any man, now only a skeleton sat on the throne.
His flesh had turned to dust and settled at the feet of the throne,
along with the dust of his earthly robe that had also rotted.
The prop that had held up his arm and hand had disintegrated also,
and his skeleton hand had dropped to the floor taking with it the scroll that once sat on his lap.
When those who unsealed his tomb noticed that his skeleton hand now resting on the open scroll
on the floor seemed to be coincidentally pointing with his index finger they bent over
and read where by chance his finger bone was pointing...and it was to this:

Luke 9:25.
"What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul."

The bones of a dead man spoke a greater truth than that man had ever spoken in his lifetime!

Friends, this is the message that our bones will be shouting out !
Some say, that the bones are all that remain after death - but friend what if they be wrong ?
What if there is a resurrection from the dead ?
Where will you spend eternity ?
Will everything that you have achieved or earned in this life have been worth it all ?
Only that which was done for Christ will endure in that day, for Jesus said:

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him:
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The bones are shouting for a decision.
The bones of a loved one of many years ago, or perhaps the bones of an aged mother who
spent many hours on her knees praying that her children would not be lost in that day !
Put your trust in Christ today, while you still have time because in the day
when your body has been reduced to a heap of bones it will be too late.

Pastor how can you be certain ?
The bones are shouting from the graves.
Reminding us that death awaits each and every one of us.
But remember Jesus conquered death.
He rose from the dead, and vacated His grave before His body saw corruption.
His resurrection from the grave ensures that all who believe in Him
-trusting Him as their Saviour and Lord-
will be raised from their graves when
He returns, possibly in our lifetime.

Will you turn around and follow Jesus and thus ensure your eternity destiny ?


Pastor CSJ Claassen
PO Box 99

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