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Why was it wrong for the king to strike the ground only three times?



      

2 Kings 13:19

LS1910 - 19 L'homme de Dieu s'irrita contre lui, et dit: Il fallait frapper cinq ou six fois; alors tu aurais battu les Syriens jusqu'à leur extermination; maintenant tu les battras trois fois.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
My opinion (from the reading of the entire passage involved) is that Elisha had already told King Joash that the arrow that Elisha had directed the king to shoot in 2 Kings 13:15-17 was the arrow of victory over Syria.

If the king had received this assurance of his victory with the proper faith, it 
would have resulted in a righteous zeal or eagerness on his part that would have led to him subsequently (in 2 Kings 13:18) striking the ground with the arrows more times than he did. The fact that he did so only three times was indicative of the limited amount of dedication and confidence that he had with regard to the fight against Syria (even though he had been told by the prophet that God was ordaining his victory), and Elisha subsequently made this clear to him.

I am reminded in this regard of the account of Jesus using a whip to drive the moneychangers from the temple (John 2:13-17), and His disciples therefore thinking of the verse (Psalm 69:9) that Jesus was fulfilling by His action. It was this same kind of consuming zeal that Joash should have felt, and that he should also have exhibited by his actions.

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