OIL of Elisha
Weird. Rabbi’s talking of OIL reminded me of the widow of a prophet who Elisha (I mistakenly mixed him up with Elijah) rescued financially by miraculously calling forth oil to fill every vessel she could find and borrow. And that is today’s Haftara!
In addition it also includes the Shunnamite woman (whom I mistakenly placed in the previous story).
Here, a devout woman frequently hosts Elisha as he passes on his travels. She has a small guest room built upstairs for his use.
His servant Gehazi is always mediating between Elisha and this woman, though in the earlier story, no servant is present. Elisha through Gehazi asks what could be done for her in blessing.
A son of her old age, since she has been barren.
Like in today’s Parsha she too is promised a son. He is born. He dies. She runs to Elisha.
II Kings 4. I don’t need to retelll the story.
I noticed in 4:23 ***So he said, “Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.”
And she said, “It is WELL.” ***
AND THAT REMINDED ME OF MATTHEW 24:15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’[c] spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And PRAY THAT YOUR FLIGHT MAY NOT BE IN WINTER THE ON THE SABBATH.
NOTICE: housetop is where Elisha resurrects the boy. And Yeshua warns about not coming down from the housetop I.e. from where we have been born again.
REALIZE that the boy is said to be JONAH. And we knew about Yeshua and the sign of JONAH!
Keep your lamps trimmed and burning!