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12th January 2023

From Empty To Full

When all the jars were full . . . the oil stopped flowing.

2 Kings 4:6

A popular children’s book tells the story of a poor, country boy who took off his cap to honour the king. An identical hat appeared instantly in its place on his head, inciting the king’s anger for what appeared to be disrespect. Bartholomew removed hat after hat while being escorted to the palace for punishment. But each time he removed the cap, a new one appeared in its place. The caps became hats, and grew increasingly fancy, bearing precious jewels and feather plumes. The 500th hat was the envy of King Derwin, who pardoned Bartholomew and purchased the hat for 500 pieces of gold. At last, Bartholomew’s head was bare; he walked home with freedom and money to support his family.

A widow came to Elisha in financial distress, fearing her children would be sold into slavery to pay her debts (2 Kings 4). She had no assets other than a jar of oil. God multiplied that oil to fill enough borrowed jars to settle the debts, plus care for her daily needs (v. 7).

God provided financially for the widow in much the same way He provides salvation for us. We are each bankrupted by sin, but the Lord Jesus paid our debt—and offers us eternal life as well! Without the Lord Jesus, we are each like the poor, country boy with no means to pay our King for our offence against Him. God miraculously supplies the extravagant ransom for us, and ensures that those who trust in Him will have abundant life forever.


2 Kings 4:1-7.


Father God, Thank You that in Your Son, Jesus Christ, You have provided for my redemption. Amen.

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