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The God who is Practical

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The God who is Practical

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  1. The God who is Practical 2 Kings 6:1-7 John 2:1-11

  2. The Borrowed Axe • 2 Kings 6: 1-7 And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us. Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye. And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go. So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood. But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! For it was borrowed. And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim. Therefore said he, Take it up to thee.  And he put out his hand, and took it. (KJV)

  3. The Borrowed Axe The context: Elijah has been translated by a whirlwind into heaven Elisha had asked his mentor’s blessing before he departed When he inherited his mentor’s mantle, he also assumed the duties of heading the school of prophets

  4. Water into Wine John 2:1-11 (RSV) • On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2 Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

  5. Water into Wine • Why was running out of wine a problem? • Weddings in the ancient Near East included a strong legal side, especially regarding providing the appropriate wedding gift, of which the wedding feast was a part. When the supply of wine failed at this wedding, more than just social embarrassment was at stake. The bridegroom and his family could have become financially liable for inadequate wedding provisions.

  6. Water into Wine

  7. Summary • God cares about even the small things in our life as seen in both these stories. • God loves us and is concerned with everyday trials in our lives • When we allow Jesus into out situation through prayer then he can bring hope to our situations whether big or small