by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
â€œAnd she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.â€ (2 Kings 4:9-10)
his sparsely furnished little room, built by a kindly woman and her elderly husband, was the prototype of all the so-called â€œprophetâ€™s chambersâ€ that have been built for traveling teachers and evangelists ever since.
Little did this simple couple anticipate what fruit their kindness would bear one day. â€œBe not forgetful to entertain strangersâ€ the Bible says, â€œfor thereby some have entertained angels unawaresâ€ (Hebrews 13:2). In the first place, to show his appreciation, Elisha prayed that the Lord would give them a son, and God miraculously answered (2 Kings 4:16-17).
Then, tragically, the boy died quite suddenly several years later while Elisha was at Mount Carmel, some 15 miles away. The Shunammite woman laid her son on Elishaâ€™s bed in the prophetâ€™s chamber, then rode hastily to find Elisha and bring him to the boy. The round trip must have taken her two days or more, and the boyâ€™s dead body lay on the prophetâ€™s bed in the little room all that time.
But then Elisha prayed once again, and the most amazing event took place there (2 Kings 4:33-35). For only the second time in history, a dead person was restored to life.
The Shunammite mother and her son are never heard from again. But for 3,000 years the testimony of a little chamber and the love and faith of the godly woman who prepared it as a simple service for her Lord and His prophet, and the godly mother who sacrificially loved her son, has been an inspiration and example to multitudes. HMM