A Dead Promise and a Living Anointing

2 Kings 4:18
Author: Philip Harrelson
Topics: Child, Peter Richley
Series: Old Testament Sermons


II Kings 4:18-20 KJV  And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.  [19]  And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.  [20]  And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.

II Kings 4:32-35 KJV  And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.  [33]  He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD.  [34]  And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.  [35]  Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.


The year was 1820 and Peter Richley was a grateful man.  He had survived one of the strangest and most harrowing events known to mankind.  The ship which he had been traveling on sank.  He was rescued.  By some strange twist of circumstance, however, this ship sank.

He was rescued again. But, this third ship sank likewise.  He was rescued for a third time.  Yet, his fourth ship of passage soon sank.  And unbelievably, he was rescued for a fourth time, but this fifth ship sank as well.

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