2 Kings 4:38-41
Three men – a lawyer, an architect, and a politician – were arguing about whose was the oldest profession. Mine is, said the lawyer, for the law was given way back under Moses. No mine is, claimed the architect who referred to the creation of the world by the Great Architect. But the politician had the trump card: “And where were you two when chaos reigned?”!
The analogy above shows that the world is not new to chaos. The good news is that it is possible to survive chaos. The chaos that existed before creation disappeared when God started creating the world by divine fiat. This was how creation survived, Genesis 1:1-18. The chaos in the lives of the Israelites in Egypt came to an end when God used Moses to deliver them by His divine power, Exodus 3-14.
According to partners of TOW, “Another Old Testament event regarded as an act of creation-out-of-chaos is the deliverance from exile in Babylon. Here the main human agent is not a hero from God’s own people but the foreign king Cyrus, referred to by Isaiah as “the Lord’s anointed” (An implication of this will be drawn out later).”
In 2 Kings 4:38-41, Elisha returned to Gilgal and there was famine in that region. While the company of the prophets was meeting with him, he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot and cook some stew for these prophets.” One of them went out into the fields to gather herbs and found a wild vine and picked as many of its gourds as his garment could hold. When he returned, he cut them up into the pot of stew, though no one knew what they were. The stew was poured out for the men, but as they began to eat it, they cried out, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it. Elisha said, “Get some flour.” He put it into the pot and said, “Serve it to the people to eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot.
After the fall of man, there was need for a Savior who would enable man to survive. This was how Jesus came into the world. Partners of TOW commented that, “Vivid chaos language is used to describe the present world order: it is “subject to frustration,” “shackled by mortality,” “groaning in all its parts.” But chaos is not the end of the story. There is “glory, as yet unrevealed, in store for us” and all the world. There is to be “liberation”, the “entering upon the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Who will bring this new creation out of chaos? The primary agent will be God in Christ. But ordinary Christians will have a part to play: “The created universe is waiting with eager expectation for God’s sons to be revealed.”
No matter the kind of chaos in our lives, we shall survive in Jesus Name…