Miracles about feeding others are found throughout the Bible, but here are more lesser- known examples all involving Elisha, the prophet Elijah’s successor.
First, a widow complained to Elisha that her husband’s creditors wanted to enslave her children because she had nothing left, except a jug of oil. Elisha told her to borrow empty vessels from her neighbors, and keep filling them with oil. She did, and filled so many that she was able to sell the excess oil, pay her creditors, and live off the rest of the proceeds (2 Kings 4:1-7).
Next, after bringing a couple’s son back to life near the Sea of Galilee, Elisha traveled south towards Jerusalem. He helped prepare a meal for a group of local leaders, but a servant carelessly added a toxic ingredient to the stew. Panic ensued when this was discovered, but Elisha told them to add meal to the stew, which made it safe to eat (4:8-
A man brought Elisha twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits. Elisha told him to distribute them among the scores of people nearby, but the man objected because it would not be enough to feed them all. Elisha told him that the Lord had said “they shall eat and there shall be some left over.” Once everyone had eaten, there was food left over (4:42-44).
Elisha followed in his mentor’s footsteps. Elijah helped provide the Canaanite widow of Zarephath with food for a year (1 Kings 17:9-16), after she sacrificed what little she had to prepare a meal for him, and the Lord told Moses he would feed the Israelites with daily manna in the desert (Exodus 16:11-35).
Feeding someone is an act of stewardship. When we provide spiritual or physical food for those who are hungry, we are using our time, talent, and treasure to care for God’s creation.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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