The Shunammite Begs Elisha
2 Kings 4:18-38
The son of the Shunammite woman grew up. One day, he went out to his father. Suddenly, the boy groaned in pain, “Ouch! My head hurts! My head hurts!”
His father told the servant, “Pick him up and carry him to his mother.” The servants picked the boy up and carried him to his mother. The boy was laid on the lap of his mother until noon and then he died.
She arose and put the boy on a bed. After that, she went out and shut the door behind her.
She called her husband and said, “Let me have one of the servants and donkeys to make a trip to Elisha so that I can return quickly.”
After that, she saddled the donkey as her servant led the way. When Elisha saw her from afar, he said, “Look, it’s the Shunammite! Run to her and ask her if all is well with her.”
She decided not to tell the servant so she replied, “Everything is fine.”
When the Shunamite woman reached Elisha in the mountain, she grabbed his feet and held onto it.
Gehazi came over and tried to shove her away. However, Elisha said, “Leave her alone. She is in deep sorrow but God hasn’t told me why”.
She said, “Sir, my son is dead. Please come and bring him back to life.”
Elisha said to Gehazi, “Take my staff and run as fast as you can to the boy. After that, lay my staff on the boy’s face.”
Gehazi went ahead and laid the staff on the boy’s face. Because nothing happened, he ran back and reported it to Elisha.
When Elisha reached the house, he went into the room and shut the door behind him. Gehazi is the only person with him in the room. After that, he prayed to God.
Elisha climbed onto the bed and laid himself on the boy. His mouth was facing the boy’s mouth, his eyes were facing the boy’s eyes, and his hands were facing the boy’s hands.
Later, Elisha climbed down from the bed. He walked back and forth in the room and went back to stretch out on the boy again.
Finally, the boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes. Elisha called the Shunammite woman and gave the boy alive back to her. She fell down and bowed down before him on the ground. After that, she took her son and left.