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?