2 Kings 4:2  And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

The oil, a foreshadowing of anointing, is all she had, yet her emotions said she had nothing to offer, her house was empty. We are reminded of the five thousand that Jesus fed with nothing but five loaves of bread and two fish. When they had their fill to eat, twelve full baskets remained.

Here in 2nd Kings, we are not feeding a multitude of appetites, we are pouring out the anointing and seeing what it means to the individual to whom the anointing fell upon. Interestingly enough, Elisha instructed the woman to get as many empty vessels from her neighbors as possible. His words at the end of verse 3, “not a few”. She was instructed to fill her neighbor’s empty vessels with the anointing. This was the result.

V6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.

She still had all that she began with and had lost nothing, even though she had filled all the empty vessels of all her neighbors. Here, a woman of no substance, could not exhaust the anointing that was upon her, it is everlasting, it remains.

Luke 4:17-19 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

The anointing remains, why have you not poured it out upon the empty vessels that are your neighbors?


Lamentations 4:17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.

For the last two days I have pointed eastward. For some all I had to do was point, that was enough for them to have understanding. For others I had to speak to what was hidden there. For them they gained insight and understanding. For some it was pointless. Nothing was seen or gained for them. For them it was a waste of time, if they even stayed until the end.

Song of Solomon 5:6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

He who sits upon the throne will not stay there. The mercy seat shall not stay occupied. In that day crying out for mercy and getting no answer shall come from that throne for He has taken on a new mission to serve His Father and finish prophecy.

If your hope lies in the hands of vain help, you shall watch and wait only to have lost even from the beginning of your trust in something or someone without power to save you from yourself. This overshadowing issue is about what is being ignored, given all that was seen is important.

We see torture and we want someone to end it. We see injustice and we want justice. We see disease and pain and suffering and we want to put an end to it. We hear the pleas of thousands who are powerless to do anything about any of it, as if we are the answer to those ills. At the same time we are bombarded with temptations of pleasures of all kinds, both attainable and unreal, all to distract you from the real danger, the slipping away of your opportunity for the saving of souls.

Is Jesus knocking at the door of your heart? Answer it and let him in before you find out the pain of SoS 5:6, that He has risen from the mercy seat and cannot hear your plea.