2 Kings 2:19 – And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren.
2 Kings 2:20 – And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.
2 Kings 2:21 – And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.
2 Kings 2:22 – So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.
Hello readers, thanks for reading, and I hope this blog is helpful to you today. There is a problem in the spring. In this blog we will see that the problem for your life is in your spring. What is your spring? It is the deep of your heart. Something’s wrong deep inside us. Mark 7:21-23… this is Jesus speaking… For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. You see, all those sins we commit, all that wrong we do, all those shortcomings we have… they all a symptom of a problem. And that problem is in the spring. This fundamental problem in the core of our being is the biggest problem in our life. Circumstances change, feelings come and go… but our spiritual condition is eternal, our internal identity is who we truly are, and as the Bible says, out of the heart are the issues of life. Everything in our life stems from our heart, our thoughts, our words, our deeds. If your heart has a problem, it will contaminate your life… as we will see later on in this blog, a problem in the spring contaminated the entire city of Jericho. Sin seeps into all facets of our being, because there is a problem in the source, there’s a problem in the spring.
We wind back today to the second verse of the Bible… Genesis 1:2 – And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Your spring is the deep, your heart… and that deep has a very, very dark face. Other humans may not see that darkness in your deep, but God does, and his Spirit moves upon it today. Because he wants to change that, he wants to shine light into that darkness, he wants to create a new person in you. Jesus said ye must be born again. Being born again is a creative act, it takes the power of God that only God has, and in Genesis 1 is the creation of the heaven and the earth. This is the story of the literal creation of the heaven and earth yes, but it also is picture of the creation of the new man when you are born again, when you believe on Jesus Christ. God doesn’t just forgive you, he changes you inside, he fixes that spring. But firstly you’ve got to see there is a problem with it! The state we are in when we are born is without form and void. Paul said in Galatians 4:19 – My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you. You see before you are saved, you have no form, and you are void. There’s nothing there. Just death. We were born in sin, sin is inherited, we are sinners by birth and by nature… it’s in our blood, it’s in our heart. When we live separate from God we are void, we have nothing, we are nothing… separation from God is to be separate from the very purpose for which we were made. We were originally made in his image, and we have his breath of life in us. God didn’t create us sinful, but we got sinful on our own by our own actions, and your life will have no purpose, no relevance, no meaning, no fulfillment, no fullness in an unsaved, unbelieving, disobedient state.
We read in Genesis 1:2 that the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. That’s what God does with man today, he moves on hearts, but the problem is our heart is deep and it is dark. If you can really see yourself for who you truly are before God, in the light of God’s word, you’ll see that there is a real darkness deep inside. There’s sin, there’s filth, there’s lust, there’s pride, there’s self, there’s envy, there’s hatred, there’s rebellion there. There’s unimaginable stuff in there, stuff you wouldn’t want anyone else to see, but which you can’t keep God from seeing. You see, you can hide your reality from everyone else… but not God. And the truth bubbles out of us, from deep within, our actions reflect the truth. However, Jesus did describe people as vipers that spoke good things but were wicked inside… and we true to form are like that, we often present a front that is very different to our reality inside… and we can fool others, even ourselves. That’s why the Bible says not to trust your own heart, as you are a fool if you do so. This world says follow your heart, do what your heart is telling you, but that’s not God’s advice to you today. The Bible says our heart is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things. The problem is our spring, it’s our heart, and from it flows all the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23 – Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Many people today trust their own heart, and they’re happy with their heart the way it is, not realizing, not understanding that they abide in death.
To help with this picture today, we are staying in the Old Testament and going to the story of Elisha at Jericho in 2 Kings 2. After Elijah was taken up to heaven, Elisha went to Jericho. Are you glad God seeks you out where you are? Jericho was a city that had been destroyed when Israel entered the promised land, and it was under a curse… but Jesus comes and finds us… the lost sheep… because he wants to save us. That’s why Elisha was here, because Jericho had a big problem. And at Jericho, 2 Kings 2:19 – And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren. This is what unsaved man’s state and heart is like. But the road to the cure is admission, acknowledgement of truth and it is going to the man of God, who has the word of God… as they did. We all hear the gospel from someone, we all have been the beneficiary to someone who said the name of Jesus or who shared the gospel or who pointed the way. A wonderful little nugget of truth is in Joseph’s story where we goes to find his brothers, and he’s lost and wandering in a field, and a man points him in the right direction. You may be nameless, faceless like this man was, but you can point others to Jesus Christ. The men of Jericho went to the right person. They went to Elisha, who had God’s word, and is representative of God’s word in this story. You see, God’s word will identify your problem for you. And God’s word can fix it. God’s word was present at Jericho, and the Bible says the gospel has been preached to every creature under heaven, God wants the good news out… and Jesus is willing and ready to save you today, and fix that problem in the spring.
The men of the city said the situation is pleasant. That is often the state of the sinner. The situation seems pleasant, and that’s why people don’t get saved. They don’t see a need for Jesus. Jericho was a city full of pleasure and fun and sin. But even while the spring was corrupted, and it contaminated everything. A problem in the spring affects not just your life but a whole lot of lives around you, it seeps into all areas of life. Sin is likened unto leaven, because it influences and corrupts and defiles every aspect of your life. Outwardly it all can look ok. Satan knows how to dress sin up, and we are pretty good at justifying it and living in it. Maybe life has treated you well, you live in sin, and you get by. You may even be a pretty good guy or gal, you’re putting together a pleasant life. There are so many pleasant people out there, but they have the same problem like this city had. All pleasant but not salt. No flavor. No character. No substance. Christians can be like this, they go to church, and the situation seems pleasant… but behold, the water is naught and the ground barren. A life that is not saved, that is not right with God is actually not ok. In fact quite the opposite. Deep down things are very bad. And because things are bad at the source, everything else is bad. Who you really are is a wicked sinner, maybe masked in religion, maybe veiled in good works, with an exterior that may fool all those around you. The situation is pleasant, but the water naught, and the ground barren. The water was no good at Jericho, and the ground was useless. Sure there was water there, but it was no good. This world has a lot of water for you, activities, programs, interests, pleasures, pursuits, beliefs, ways, fads, philosophies… but they’re worthless. The lives are barren, an unsaved person is spiritually barren, living a life of pure vanity, that wont’ count, that doesn’t matter, that has no purpose or meaning.
Jericho was a cursed city… that’s what the problem was. It had been carrying a curse a long time since the days of Joshua. Jericho is a picture of this world. A world that’s broken, a world that’s in sin. And it’s cursed. You can’t rise above the curse, the curse of sin and death is over all of creation. This truth applies to unsaved and saved alike. Even if you are saved… but if you live in sin, if you depart from truth, you will be just like the situation of Jericho. You bring a curse into your life when you sin, when you reject Jesus Christ, when you turn away from truth. God created man giving him and life and blessed him, he created man perfect and sinless. But he gave mankind choice, freewill, and man chose disobedience. Man chose his own way. And it brought the earth under the curse of sin. Look around you today, sickness, death, pain, suffering… even if you’ve got a good niche for yourself in this world… the curse is upon all. The mere fact you physically will die as everyone before you has is proof of the curse. God didn’t create death, it was a result of sin. Only in Christ is the curse broken. And it’s a good thing the men of the city went to Elisha with the problem. For so many years it was unfixed, but finally they had Elisha there and went to him. And Elisha identified the problem. He didn’t muck around, nor did he mess them around. God is not willing that any should perish, Elisha was there to help. The problem was in the spring… so that’s where he went. Jesus knows where your problem is, and where your problems are, and he will fix them if you give them to him. Go to him. When there is a spring that’s corrupt and no good it must be identified as the problem and fixed. Elisha got them to bring him a new cruse, and he put salt in it, and then he took the cruse and cast the salt into the spring of the waters and the waters were healed.
So they went to Elisha, and the only way your problem will ever be identified and fixed is when you go to God’s word. Go to Jesus Christ. Get in the book. Submit your life to it, lay your life before God’s word, pray to Jesus Christ and pour out the situation to him and be willing to confess, acknowledge and obey and he will sort your issues out. That’s what happened in this story. God uses men today to preach the gospel, to declare our problem and preach the solution. That’s why God gave us the law, to show us our problem, to reveal his holiness and our wickedness, to lead us to Jesus Christ who is full of grace and truth. You wouldn’t need Jesus Christ if you didn’t have the law of God pursuing you all the way to him. The men of the city knew there was a problem, they spelled it out to Elisha, maybe they were tired of trying to solve it themselves. Think about how long it’d been like that at Jericho, and mankind can take a long time to come to God for fixing.
Elisha said… Bring me a new cruse. You see, Jesus Christ will do something new, he doesn’t just polish the exterior, he wants to change you inside. He wants to create a new person in you. You are just an earthen vessel, but your vessel can hold great treasure. Did you know that when you get saved Jesus comes to live inside you by his Spirit, dwelling in your heart by faith? But it takes a new cruse. Do you want to be made new? Are you sick of your sin? Are you able to acknowledge truth? Do you want the real problem fixed? The new cruse can itself picture Christ, he was new, he brought a new covenant to mankind based on his blood, and in him is life, is what we need to fix the spring. But the cruse today we will focus on as showing us that there needs to be something new created in our life. Something that can hold what God tells us, something that can be filled up at God’s command. When God’s word comes to us, unless we have a heart able to latch on to what he says, it will fall to the ground. A new cruse shows us that nothing we have is worthy, God will create a new person in you. Don’t put any Jericho stuff in there, because that won’t fix anything, instead fill it with salt.
Elisha put salt in the cruse. A new cruse is needed to hold the salt. You can be a salt bearer. Jesus did say that we are the salt of the earth. Not because we are great, but because if you believe on Jesus Christ, and are saved, and have his word…. you are the one adding flavor to an otherwise bland, dead, lifeless world. You have the gospel, you have light, you have truth to give to people, something of real value. Jesus Christ casts salt into the spring of our hearts. He may use new cruses to carry it there out of which salt is cast into our spring. Salt is the effect the truth of God word has… so it’s good when it gets cast into the deep our heart. However, it can seem nonsensical, a bit like making water salty could fix water might not make sense seeing as drinking saltwater is not good for you. You see sometimes its hard to understand how God’s word is helpful, because it can be quite offensive, hearing you’re a sinner, hearing about hell… that’s not stuff people want to hear! But it’s what people need to hear, they need to hear truth spoken in love… love is what helps. Truth is what we can know and what sets us free. When that sower went by he chucked seed everywhere, and some of that seed found good ground. We know that’s a picture of God’s word, incorruptible seed, and the good ground typifies a heart that receives God’s word. It’s the same picture here, salt going in and healing… which had been carried in a new cruse.
We carry salt that not only stings, but heals. Back in the Old Testament they had the law, they didn’t yet have the Saviour, the law pointed to the Saviour, but he hadn’t come yet. The new cruse can teach us also that the healing salt is the gospel of Christ, the law condemns us, but there is healing in Jesus Christ. Under the law you have cursed Jericho, but salt in a new cruse and you have a lifted curse and healed waters. It’s a picture of Jesus Christ, who can heal you where you need healing the most. Malachi 4:2 – But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. We couldn’t keep the law, so it wasn’t good news, but God sending Jesus Christ who kept the law, whom we can believe on and enter into his righteousness of keeping the law… well that is good news. There is healing in Christ, because he conquered sin and death… we finally have a solution to that spring problem in him.
We need salt in our spring to heal that problem. That spring is the source of all the contamination and corruption. You tell people about Jesus Christ, you give them gun barrel straight truth, and that’s some salt being cast into the spring of a man’s heart. That’s true flavor going in there. And a real sting. Often we want a cure… but without rebuke, without judgement, without conviction, without repentance, without light being shone on our darkness. Salt adds flavor, and often our lives are so bland, whereas what adds flavor is the truth, the presence of the Holy Spirit. We just need some old fashioned truth, and a heart for it, hence a new cruse. We need a new heart that loves truth, that is capable of receiving truth, that is capable of loving and obeying God. That cruse is a picture of us when we are saved, because we can be instruments through which God heals others. When we share the gospel with others, we are “salting” their lives, salting their spring… when you give someone God’s word is hits their heart, it cuts straight past that pleasant exterior to the root problem. Spiritual healing is what we all need, God goes straight to the heart of the matter, but often that salt stings a bit too much doesn’t it? Often that salt seems too stupid a solution to a problem? Wouldn’t salt make it worse Elisha? But they obeyed him.
It’s a good thing to have salt cast in your spring. Look what effect it had, it healed the waters, and lifted the curse that the city was under. Look what effect going to God has. If only we would be honest enough before God, and be able to see that we have a real problem. The water is naught. The world’s water is no good, it has nothing to offer… and our water is no good, your best efforts, your morality, your intentions are worthless. The ground is barren. It’s ok to admit to God that your heart is a rocky wasteland towards him. It’s ok to see that your life is a mess, full of vanity. It’s when truth comes to town that we can get things fixed. When we don’t know where the problem is, God does. He knows how to get to the spring of your problem, because the problem comes from the source. He will go the source, not just bandaid and patch symptoms. The blood of Jesus Christ can wash away your sin. They went to Elisha, go to Jesus Christ. He can create a new heart in you, that’s what David prayed to God for… create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. David knew that’s what he needed, he wrote that after his sin with Bathsheba. Where did that sin come from? A problem in the spring… David knew the spring of his life needed fixing. He had a spring that was spreading contamination, corruption, barrenness and death into his life. God’s not going to overhaul your flesh, he makes all things new. So often we go to the world for the solution, we go back to things that stink, that are death, that cannot save, that cannot heal.
Elisha can picture Jesus Christ, the cruse is his word, and the salt is the effect his word has. God’s word contains salt for all of our lives, to add flavor, to sting, to preserve, to heal. Never just tell people about sin and leave them there… point them to Jesus Christ, who came to save sinners, because God’s word points to him, and it is Jesus Christ that saves who can heal someone’s heart. Christians are meant to be salt and light in this world. As earthen vessels like this cruse, Christians are meant to carry the gospel to others, to be able to speak truth to people, to hold forth the word of life. Only the gospel can fix the problem in the spring. Only Jesus Christ can go to the heart of the matter and heal it’s waters. The curse was lifted that day at Jericho, because God said it was. The Lord healed those waters, and there would be no more death or barrenness from it’s spring… fixing the spring fixed the whole thing, how good it is to identify that actual issue and fix it!
God wants to not only heal you, but give you a fruitful, meaningful life, and eternal life at that. Fixing the spring was healing, but as a result of healing at the source, it solved the corruption, the contamination, the nothingness, the barrenness that it had brought to the city. You can have problems in your life and you don’t think the problem is in the spring… but that is where it really is. We often treat symptoms, but never find the root cause of the problem… and hence things are never truly fixed. You may have heart problems, or things in your life that need the salt of God’s word cast into to heal them… and when God fixes something, it’s fixed, when he heals, it’s healed. But today, look at our own hearts and make sure that massive problem of sin is dealt with today at the cross of Jesus Christ. There is a problem in the spring, and there’s a solution to that problem… the only solution to the problem… and it’s in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus came to a woman at Samaria and he said this… John 4:13,14 – Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. When you get to Jesus, the spring isn’t just fixed, it’s a new spring. Jesus has the water of life, and that wells up from within when you place your faith and trust in him. That spring doesn’t contaminate and corrupt and produce barrenness and death… it’s a well of water springing up into everlasting life. God wants you to live a life that is eternal and that counts, but there is a problem in the old spring of our hearts. There is a problem in the spring, but Jesus Christ can forgive you, save you and there will be a new spring bubbling up in your heart.
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