The company of the prophets said to Elisha, ‘Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to meet.”
And he said, “Go.”
Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?”
“I will,” Elisha replied. And he went with them.
They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh no, my lord!” he cried out. “It was borrowed!”
The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it.
— 2 Kings 6.1-6 (NIV)
People can get confused by this amazing miracle tucked in 2 Kings 6. Some try to trivialize Elisha’s actions for this unknown prophet who dropped his axe. But God does not waste a single aspect of His Word to coincidence, entertainment or frivolity. Everything in the Old and the New Testaments points to Jesus; and when we read over the Scriptures with this understanding, we will have a better and fuller understanding of our Messiah. And since we, as Born Again Believers, have died and were raised to life in Christ (Romans 6.4); we also gain a better understanding of who we are in Jesus and of our role in His Kingdom Plan. For when every passage speaks of Jesus, we can see ourselves tucked in the middle of Him.
“I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me” (John 17.21 NLT).
The prophets realize that their capacity has grown larger than their territory, so they feel led to begin the process of expanding their land. Has your ability outgrown your territory? Do you have a God-given desire to expand?
After the prophets get Elisha’s approval to expand, they ask for Elisha (symbolic of Jesus) to go with them. Have you asked God for His anointing? Is Jesus in the center of your growth, change and movement?
The prophets all begin their work, but the “chosen” prophet’s iron axe falls into the Jordan. Has your dream been sunk? Has your vision died? Are you at a dead end and in need of a miracle?
The axe is made of iron (symbolic of strength). Have you seen all of your hard work disappear without a harvest? Are you wondering if you have great faith or if you are just a fool?
The axe is borrowed, which causes the chosen prophet to cry out. Do you realize that your gifts and talents are borrowed from the Master for a limited time? Have you placed great value on all which God has given you stewardship?
Instead of diving into the water to search for the axe, the chosen prophet asks for Elisha to help him. Do you realize that your dream must die, so it can be resurrected in God’s power? Did you know that your efforts to save your dream only slap away God’s mighty hand?
The chosen prophet shows Elisha where the axe has fallen. Have you focused God’s attention on the vision He has placed in your heart? Have you kept your eyes on your dream even though you can no longer physically see it?
Elisha threw the stick (symbolic of humanity) into the water. Did you know that Jesus is the branch (Isaiah 11.1)? Did you know that Jesus’ humanity released God’s resurrection power on this earth (Ephesians 1.18-20)? Did you know that this power lives in you and can resurrect your dream (Romans 8.11 & John 14.13)?
Elisha told the chosen prophet to grab hold of the axe and lift it out of the water….
When God brings your vision back to life, do not wait. Reach out and take hold of your promises and use them to give God all the glory. You have worked hard; you have believed against all odds. You have waited with your eyes on Christ while your vision transformed in the tomb. You have been chosen and separated for this purpose. Your strength is now aligned with the Holy Spirit. Do not squander what Jesus died to give you. The water has anointed your hand and your work. Take hold of your axe and claim the Promise Land that God has prepared for you. Use your axe until there is nothing left, and Jesus will look at you from the gates of heaven and say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” (Matthew 25.23 NLT).
WIELD YOUR AXE