Abundance amidst scarcity

Elisha and the Widow’s Oil

Passage: 2nd Kings 4:1-7

4 A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”

So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”

Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few.And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”

So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out.Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”

And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

Facing Scarcity


–          Lost her husband – lacking a companion

–          In debt – Lacking finances

–          Lacking a solution to her woes , goes for help from the prophet

Question What do you have




–          Support through community-a wife of a son of the prophets

–          Gods prophet was present

–          Had a house & jar of oil

–          She had friendly neighbours

–          Faith and an obedient heart


Are you seeing abundance or scarcity ?



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