The following commentary covers Chapters 3 and 4.
prophet as the blesser and saviour of his people
In the following chapter
we enter into the historical part of Elisha's ministry.
Jehoram goes to war; and, although less wicked than his
father, the prophet no longer regards him. Jehoshaphat is
still something to him: but the prophet seeks to abstract
himself from the influence of the whole scene. He then
proclaims blessing, and directs the counsels of the
united kings. He is a saviour of Israel. He provides (chap.
4) for the need of the poor of his people, and delivers
them from their distress. He bestows the heart's desire
upon faith, which recognises and receives the prophet;
and restores life to the dead, thus binding up the broken
heart. He feeds the sons of the prophets during the
famine, and multiplies the scant measure of bread. Death
having been mingled with the food, he remedies the evil
so that they eat with impunity.