and the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray you, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees: but the water is naught, and the ground barren (II Ki. 2:19).

This would be the second miracle performed by the Prophet Elisha, the opening of Jordan being the first (II Ki. 2:14). Elisha now comes into Jericho and is met by the elders of the city. They tell him that the situation of the city is pleasant, but they have one great problem. The water is poisoned, and the ground is, therefore, barren. The Holy Spirit will give the Prophet a beautiful answer to this scenario, all typifying Christ.

The Holy Spirit told Elisha to tell the Elders to “bring me a new cruse.” The “cruse” of which he spoke was made of clay. It symbolized the humanity of Christ, i.e., “His Incarnation.” Furthermore, it was required that this cruse be “new,” which symbolized the fact that there never had been since Adam a human being like Jesus. Born of the Virgin Mary, which means that His conception was decreed by the Holy Spirit, He was truly “new” in character, aspect, and every form of being.

That’s why Paul referred to Christ as “The Last Adam” and “The Second Man” (I Cor. 15:45, 47).

Elisha then told the men to “put salt therein,” which is a type of the incorruptible Word of God. This means that Jesus lived by the Word, functioned in the Word, abided by the Word in every respect, never failed the Word, and was, in fact, the Living Word (Jn. 1:1–2). The Scripture says that Elisha “took the new cruse” to the “spring of the waters” and “cast the salt in there.” This refers to the fact that Jesus obeyed the Word in every aspect, “even the death of the Cross” (Phil. 2:8).

For the poisoned waters to be healed, which represent original sin in the heart and life of every human being, Jesus would have to go to the Cross, thereby, in effect, casting the “salt,” i.e., “Himself,” into that iniquity (II Cor. 5:21). Only then can the poisoned waters of man’s soul be healed, even as the waters were healed in Jericho, which was a type.

Let it ever be understood:

Man can plant a garden around the poisoned well, even install a new pump, and even make the pump out of gold, but none of that will have any effect on what the well produces. For the poisoned waters to be healed, the problem has to be addressed at its source. Only Christ has done that, which, in fact, was done at the Cross.

That’s why Paul said he would glory in the Cross, and in the Cross alone (Gal. 6:14).


























































































The Temple

Read 1 Kings 7:1–51

Solomon asked Huram, who was skilled in bronze work, to make things for the temple he had built. Huram made two pillars, four hundred pomegranates, ten stands, a huge bowl, pots, shovels, and sprinkling bowls. Solomon furnished the temple with articles that symbolized God’s greatness, glory, and strength.

When all the work King Solomon had done for the temple of the Lord was finished, he brought in the things his father David had dedicated—the silver and gold and the furnishings—and he placed them in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple (1 Kings 7:51).

The two bronze pillars in the temple were so meaningful that they were given names: Jakin and Boaz
(2 Chronicles 3:17). Jakin means “He shall establish,” and Boaz means “in strength.” These symbolic names emphasized the strength and stability of God’s spiritual Kingdom, represented in the temple.

In the same way, we must be mindful of the temple God has given us—our bodies. We must use our bodies to honor God as His places of indwelling.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, let me build up my body and mind to honor You always.

Quicklook: 1 Kings 7:48–51

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