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Synopsis of Have You Lost Your Axe Head?
Today’s slice of the bread of life, the Word of God, comes from 2 Kings 6:1-7:
And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us. “Please, let us go to the Jordan, and let every man take a beam from there, and let us make there a place where we may dwell.” And he answered, “Go.” Then one said, “Please consent to go with your servants.” And he answered, “I will go.” So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, “Alas, master! For it was borrowed.” And the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. Therefore he said, “Pick it up for yourself.” So he reached out his hand and took it.
One man seems to be poorer than the others; he is working with a borrowed axe. It may be that the axe was faulty. It may be that the man himself was over enthusiastic, we do not know; but when he was working away, chopping his tree the axe head slipped away from the handle, fell into the water and sank out of sight.
So the man in his embarrassment turned to the man of God, who said, “Where did it fall?” And he showed him the place. And the man of God, Elisha, cut down a stick and threw it in after the axe head and the axe head did swim, that is it floated to the top.
This message today, titled “Have You Lost Your Axe Head?”, is for the man or woman who is a member of the church. There are many a man in the church, or woman in the church, in the predicament of this man with the axe handle in his hand who could have gone on apparently, only apparently, chopping wood. Others would see him swinging away with the handle only, thinking he was doing his job.
He could have raised the axe handle and brought it down, and the men fifty feet away would not have known that he was working without an axe head.
I’ve swung an axe enough in my younger years to know that it is more difficult to swing a handle only as compared to one with a head. I also know that it is more difficult to keep the form of religion than to live the real thing.
Bro. Dick, who are the people doing this? Well, some of them are some preachers themselves. There were days gone by where God spoke through our ministries. There were days when there was passion in their words. Their preaching of God’s Word caused men and women to flock to the mercy seat. As they preached the people saw Jesus, and the people knew that they saw him.
Today, too often we are preaching the same sermon, and use the same illustrations, and use the same methods – but there is no power…