Learn about the secret power of Elisha’s bones and how the anointing of God can release power over any adverse circumstances.
Bones of Elisha
2 Kings 13:14,20-21 “Now when Elisha had fallen sick with the illness of which he was to die, Joash king of Israel went down to him, and wept before him … So Elisha died, and they buried him. Now bands of Moabites used to invade the land in the spring of the year. And as a man was being buried, lo, a marauding band was seen and the man was cast into the grave of Elisha; and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood on his feet.”
Some Biblical thoughts about bones
- Eve is bone of his bone when it talks about Adam
Genesis 2:23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
The first thing that Adam said when he described Eve to God was “Finally this is bone of my bones...”
Laban made similar expression to Jacob when they met. Genesis 29:13-14. Bone of my bone means that you are family, it’s an expression of identification. When we get married we join two individuals that are of two different “bones” or family but the covenant makes them identify as one new lineage.
- The dead bones of Ezekiel Ezekiel 37 - Talks about the disconnected bones. God transported Ezekiel—probably not literally, but in a vision—to a valley full of dry bones and directed him to speak to the bones. Ezekiel was to tell the bones that God would make breath enter the bones and they would come to life, just as in the creation of man when He breathed life into Adam. First he told the bones to connect, after he called flesh upon them and finally the breath of life (the Spirit). The reviving of the dry bones signified God’s plan for Israel’s future national restoration. The vision also, and most importantly, showed that Israel’s new life depended on God’s power and not the circumstances of the people. Putting “breath” by God’s Spirit into the bones showed that God would not only restore them physically but also spiritually.
This is one of the most powerful stories in terms of prophetic decelerations. God is also showing that in Him we can do the impossible and bring life out of death. It all starts with dead bones.
- At the Cross - None of Christ bones are broken When God gave Moses and Aaron the rules for the Passover, some might have sounded unconventional—for example, the clear prohibition against breaking any bones of the lamb that was sacrificed and eaten by each household. Why did God insist on this? This command—that the Passover lamb not have its legs broken—carries symbolic weight. When Jesus , whom John the Baptist proclaimed to be “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” ( John 1:29 ), was crucified, not one of his bones was broken. John 19:31-34 tells us that when the soldiers came to Jesus to break his legs to hasten his death, they found that he was already dead, so they pierced his side with a spear but did not break his legs.
As John testifies, “These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: ‘Not one of his bones will be broken’” ( John 19:36 ). The Exodus 12:46 rule is also echoed prophetically in
Psalms 34:20 : “He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.”
To the last detail of his death, Jesus fulfilled the prophecies concerning the Messiah, verifying that he was, as John the Baptist claimed, the sacrificial Lamb of God.
Bone - ETSEM = Substance
Faith is the substance (bone) of things we wait for.
When Hebrews burry the bones they don’t want the to be spread they should be kept together and connected.
Getting back to our story
They had to do the funeral of a friend and tossed the body that landed in the bones of Elisha
- Elijah wasn’t buried in a fancy grave
- The bones where still connected
The body of this young man came back to life because it touched the bones of the prophet.
Let the Spirit of God touch your life and Resurrection power will touch you and enable you to do something special
You are important for God and when you touch the bones of the prophet you will become alive.
2 Chronicles 20:20 (Jewish Bible) The next morning, they rose early and went out into the T'koa Desert. As they left, Y'hoshafat stood and said, "Listen to me, Y'hudah and you inhabitants of Yerushalayim! "Trust in ADONAI your God, and you will be safe. Trust in his prophets, and you will succeed."
The King James Version uses the word prosper for succeed, but the word succeed is significant. The servants of God "succeed" when they heed the voice of the prophets. This has always been true. It is still true today.
In ancient times God spoke to men by the mouth of prophets and apostles. In these days He speaks to them by the testimonies of His Spirit. There was never a time when God instructed His people more earnestly than He instructs them now concerning His will and the course that He would have them pursue.
Even the bones of a dead prophet can carry an incredible amount of anointing. Like the dead soldier that came back to life we may not even understand that God is able to bring us back to life and make the impossible happen but proximity to the prophets is a key element if you want to succeed God’s way.
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Miracles are seals of a divine mission. The sacred writers appealed to them as proofs that they were messengers of God . Our Lord also appealed to miracles as a conclusive proof of his divine mission ( John 5:20 , 36 ; 10:25 , 38 ). Thus, being out of the common course of nature and beyond the power of man, they are fitted to convey the impression of the presence and power of God . Where miracles are there certainly God is. The man, therefore, who works a miracle affords thereby clear proof that he comes with the authority of God ; they are his credentials that he is God ’s messenger. The teacher points to these credentials, and they are a proof that he speaks with the authority of God . He boldly says, “ God bears me witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles.”