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The Widow’s Oil
July 21, 2013
[excerpt from A Practical Guide to Prosperous Living]
A widow approached the prophet Elisha with the problem that she had bills she could not pay and debtors who were threatening to take her two children into slavery. Elisha asked the woman what she had in her house, and she said she had nothing except a single jar of oil. He instructed her to go out and borrow from her neighbors as many empty vessels as she could. He told her to take the empty vessels into her house, shut herself and her children inside, and then begin pouring the oil into the vessels. When one was full, another was to be brought until she ran out of empty vessels. She followed these instructions, pouring oil until the last vessel was filled. When she reported to Elisha what had happened, he told her to go and sell the oil, pay her debts, and live off the remaining money.Using this powerful illustration from the Old Testament, let’s take a closer look at each of these steps. Read more