"They shall eat and shall leave thereof"

Could more encouraging words than these be given to the impoverished and unemployed in a troubled world: "They shall eat, and shall leave thereof"? Assurance such as this was greatly needed long ago by a servant of the prophet Elisha, who was faced by an apparent insufficiency of supply; and today such assurance is being sought by many.

According to the account given in the second book of Kings, Elisha had commanded his servant to set forth the seemingly meager supply of twenty barley loaves and some fresh corn for the feeding of one hundred men. When his servant protested against what seemed so impractical an act, Elisha repeated his instructions to set the food before the men and added, "For thus saith the Lord, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof." The reassuring conclusion of this account follows: "They did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the Lord."

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