Podcast #401: “RATTLE!” by Elevation Worship

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I’m Michelle Nezat and I hope to inspire you to discover and meditate on God’s Word through the songs you’re listening to on the radio.

When an obscure passage is brought to light in the lyrics of a song, it gives us an excellent reason to engage in areas of Scripture we may have overlooked for a while. Elevation Worship’s song “RATTLE!” refers to the bones of a prophet whose life is worth exploring.

Join me in looking into the life and miracles of the prophet Elisha inspired by our song this week.

In this episode, I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Explore a topic
    • Read in context
    • Read and keep on reading
    • Meditate
    • Remember the people described in the Bible were REAL
    • Prayer
  • The 30 Day Music Challenge
  • The obscure story about a man coming to life after being tossed onto Elisha’s bones – 2 Kings 13:20-21
  • Yearning for what is unseen, not what is unspoken, as we wrestle with the holy text of Scripture
  • Struggling with the question, “What am I supposed to do with this?”
  • Reading about the beginning of Elisha’s personal ministry – 2 Kings 2:9-12
  • Watching the waters of the Jordan part for the third time in recorded Biblical history – 2 Kings 2:19-22
  • The frustration I felt while reading the accounts of Elisha and his ministry
  • Wondering what to do with accounts like the one in 2 Kings 2:23-25
  • The reminder in James that Elisha (thought a mighty prophet of renown) was just like us (had a human nature) – James 5:17
  • Praying for the wisdom of God as I wrestle with the text
  • What a “type” in Scripture is and my previous discussion in Episode 378
  • The shallows and depths of Scripture
  • Parallels between Elisha and Jesus – Ligonier.org Article
    • Both Elisha and Jesus receive the Spirit on the other side of the Jordan
    • Both Elisha and Jesus are surrounded by more disciples than their predecessors
    • Both Elisha and Jesus cleanse lepers
    • Both Elisha and Jesus are itinerant miracle workers
    • Both Elisha and Jesus reverse death by raising dead sons and restoring them to their mothers
    • Both men had a covetous disciple
    • Both Jesus and Elisha end their lives in a life-giving tomb from which people flee
  • Parallels between Elisha and us as disciples

Enjoy the official lyric video of our inspiration song below.

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This Week’s Challenge

Read the details of the life and ministry of Elisha for yourself in 2 Kings. You can hop back to 1 Kings 19 to read about when Elisha was called to follow the prophet, Elijah. Pray and ask God to show you things previously unseen to you in these Scriptures. Meditate on the details of the stories. Feel free to read and keep on reading sections of Scripture you may never have read before.

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