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“A Room, A Chair, A Table, A Lamp, A Cot”

A Cot


Hold on to the piece of paper.

The story of the Shunammite woman

2 Kings 4:8-37 (Living)  

One day Elisha went to Shunem. A prominent woman of the city invited him in to eat, and afterwards, whenever he passed that way, he stopped for dinner.

9She said to her husband, "I'm sure this man who stops in from time to time is a holy prophet. 10Let's make a little room for him on the roof; we can put in a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, and he will have a place to stay whenever he comes by."

11Once when he was resting in the room he said to his servant Gehazi, "Tell the woman I want to speak to her."

When she came, 12  13he said to Gehazi, "Tell her that we appreciate her kindness to us. Now ask her what we can do for her. Does she want me to put in a good word for her to the king or to the general of the army?"

"No," she replied, "I am perfectly content."

14"What can we do for her?" he asked Gehazi afterwards.

He suggested, "She doesn't have a son, and her husband is an old man."

15"Call her back again," Elisha told him.

When she returned, he talked to her as she stood in the doorway. 16"Next year at about this time you shall have a son!"

"O man of God," she exclaimed, "don't lie to me like that!"

17But it was true; the woman soon conceived and had a baby boy the following year, just as Elisha had predicted.

And now the rest of the story:

18One day when her child was older, he went out to visit his father, who was working with the reapers. 19He complained about a headache and soon was moaning in pain. His father said to one of the servants, "Carry him home to his mother."

20So he took him home, and his mother held him on her lap; but around noontime he died. 21She carried him up to the bed of the prophet and shut the door; 22then she sent a message to her husband: "Send one of the servants and a donkey so that I can hurry to the prophet and come right back."

23"Why today?" he asked. "This isn't a religious holiday."

But she said, "It's important. I must go."

24So she saddled the donkey and said to the servant, "Hurry! Don't slow down for my comfort unless I tell you to."

25As she approached Mount Carmel, Elisha saw her in the distance and said to Gehazi, "Look, that woman from Shunem is coming. 26Run and meet her and ask her what the trouble is. See if her husband is all right and if the child is well."

"Yes," she told Gehazi, "everything is fine."

27But when she came to Elisha at the mountain she fell to the ground before him and caught hold of his feet. Gehazi began to push her away, but the prophet said, "Let her alone; something is deeply troubling her and the Lord hasn't told me what it is."

28Then she said, "It was you who said I'd have a son. And I begged you not to lie to me!"

29Then he said to Gehazi, "Quick, take my staff! Don't talk to anyone along the way. Hurry! Lay the staff upon the child's face."

30But the boy's mother said, "I swear to God that I won't go home without you." So Elisha returned with her.

31Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff upon the child's face, but nothing happened. There was no sign of life. He returned to meet Elisha and told him, "The child is still dead."

32When Elisha arrived, the child was indeed dead, lying there upon the prophet's bed. 33He went in and shut the door behind him and prayed to the Lord. 34Then he lay upon the child's body, placing his mouth upon the child's mouth, and his eyes upon the child's eyes, and his hands upon the child's hands. And the child's body began to grow warm again! 35Then the prophet went down and walked back and forth in the house a few times; returning upstairs, he stretched himself again upon the child. This time the little boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes!

36Then the prophet summoned Gehazi. "Call her!" he said. And when she came in, he said, "Here's your son!"

37She fell to the floor at his feet and then picked up her son and went out.

This woman had a perception that this was a man of God and she prepared her house for his visitation.  She prepared a little room – furnished it with a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp.

As we have ministered in this series of messages asking the question are you perceiving God’s visitation and have you made preparation for His visit.

In each of these sermons we have looked at the various items represented in this biblical account.  The room – preeminence of God in you life, the chair representing the throne of God in your life, the table – a place of fellowship prepared for divine visitation, and the lamp signifying the illumination of God’s revelation of Himself to us.

1.       A ROOM - A PLACE for GOD.

2.       A CHAIR - A THRONE for GOD.


3.       A TABLE - FELLOWSHIP with GOD.


4.       A LAMP – The PRESENCE of GOD.

Today the cot – or bed signifies a resting place.



Hebrews 4:9-11 (NKJV)  

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

11Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.

Hebrews 3:7-12 (NKJV)  

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you will hear His voice, 8Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, 9where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years.

 10Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, 'They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.'  11So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest.' "

 12Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;

A revival means resting in God not our own works but His sovereign touch.

Don’t stand in unbelief – but perceive that God is moving and that God loves you and wants you to partake in what He is doing.

Have you ever noticed that when you go to sleep at night all the cares of this world vanish?  It’s because we are resting.  The world still goes on, problems still exist, wars are still happening yet for that brief time of 6 to 8 hours we are in a state where our cares suddenly do not matter.  God wants us to enter into that state of “rest.”

Jesus lived in that “rest.” 

Mark 4:37-38 (NKJV)  

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"

I have asked the question have you made preparation for God – I know many of you have – you have been very accommodating to what God is doing – you have made room for the Holy Spirit – sometimes it hasn’t been easy to understand all the things that are happening – sometimes there are manifestations I don’t even understand and maybe some of them are in the flesh but the overall result has been evidenced of a divine move of the sovereign God.

Have you ever invited someone to stay at your house – you amend your life style to accommodate them – you don’t run around your house in your underwear – because you have amended your life for someone else.

Likewise what is happening in our church you have been willing to change to accommodate what God is doing and I know that God has taken notice.  You have given and God knows it!

Examples of those who gave:

Peter – let Jesus use his boat – later received a catch of fish.

Little boy – gave Jesus five loaves of bread and two small fish – Jesus gave back 12 basketfuls.

You cannot out give God whatever you give Him to use He will multiply it back to you again.

6.       You CANNOT out GIVE GOD.

This woman gave a little room, a cot, a table, a stool, a lamp, and a meal – she gave for she perceived, she made preparation.

2 Kings 4:13a (NKJV)  

And he said to him, "Say now to her, 'Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? ..."

What can God do for you?  What is it you need?

God gave her a child – a son.  She became a mother because of what she gave.

The rest of the story.

Now about the time God begins to bless the enemy will show up and attempt to rob, to steal, to kill and destroy.

 Vs. 18 – 22 – the child grew up and died!

Vs. 23-26 – she answered “it is well.”  - was this a lie or was it a confession of God’s power.  Like Abraham and his son, “we’re going to sacrifice and I and the lad shall return.”

Vs. 27 – God doesn’t always tell me or the prophets your problem sometimes you have to come, seek, and ask.

Vs. 28 – 29 – she rehearsed the promise of God – the word of Faith.

Vs. 30 – She stood, “having done all stand” she was determined!

Vs. 32 – the child was dead and was laid on his COT.

Here it is!!  This Shunammite by making preparation for God had prepared a room furnished it for her own miracle!!!!  She was resting in God.

Her little bit that was given came back in a son, a son raised form the dead, a son who later will result in her lands being restored.

7.       God will TAKE whatever you GIVE for His USE and MULTIPLY it BACK to you AGAIN.


2 Kings 8:1-6 (NKJV)  

Then Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, "Arise and go, you and your household, and stay wherever you can; for the Lord has called for a famine, and furthermore, it will come upon the land for seven years." 2So the woman arose and did according to the saying of the man of God, and she went with her household and dwelt in the land of the Philistines seven years. 3It came to pass, at the end of seven years, that the woman returned from the land of the Philistines; and she went to make an appeal to the king for her house and for her land. 4Then the king talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, "Tell me, please, all the great things Elisha has done." 5Now it happened, as he was telling the king how he had restored the dead to life, that there was the woman whose son he had restored to life, appealing to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, "My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life." 6And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed a certain officer for her, saying, "Restore all that was hers, and all the proceeds of the field from the day that she left the land until now."


Have you made preparation for God – are you accommodating Him - I guarantee you will be glad you made preparation for God when tragedy comes.  When that crisis or tragedy comes you will have a room to go to, a cot to lay your care upon and see the resurrection power of God.

There’s coming a time of great shaking upon this world but because we have made room for God then the light will shine from this assembly, a light house set upon a hill.  Today is the day to make preparation for the miracle of tomorrow.

Vs. 33 – 35 – He lay upon the child, he breathed upon the child – people are being slain by the power of God where God can lay upon them and breathe upon them and His eyes penetrating their souls.  We need to be warmed by the Spirit of God.

8.       A COT – The MIRACLE of GOD

Let us make preparation – you will be glad you made room for God’s visitation and when you do He will ask, What do you want Me to do for you?

Now take your little piece of paper.  Ask yourself


1.  Have you made room for God?  2.  Have your prepared a place for Him?

3.  Does He sit on your throne?  4.  Is your table clean?  5.  Is your lamp lit?

6.  Then what is it you would desire God to restore in your life?

Signed_____________________  Date________________


Expect a miracle if your have made room for God!!!!


2 Kings 4:8-37


1.       A ROOM - A PLACE for GOD.

2.       A CHAIR - A THRONE for GOD.


3.       A TABLE - FELLOWSHIP with GOD.


4.       A LAMP – The PRESENCE of GOD.


5.       The COT SIGNIFIES a PLACE of  REST.

6.       You CANNOT  out GIVE GOD.

7.       God will TAKE whatever you GIVE for His USE and MULTIPLY it BACK to you AGAIN.

8.       A COT – The MIRACLE of GOD.


2 Kings 4:8-37


1.       A ROOM - A _________________________ for _____­­___________.

2.       A CHAIR - A _________________________ for _____­­___________.


3.       A TABLE - ___________________________ with ______________.


4.       A LAMP – The _________________________ of ____­­___________.


5.       The COT ____________________________ a ________________ of  



6.       You ______________________  out ______________  ___________.

7.       God will _____________________whatever you ________________

 for His ____________________ and __________________________

 it _________________ to you _________________________.

8.       A COT – The ___________________________ of ______________.

Hebrews 4:9-11 (NKJV)  

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

11Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.

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