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    Did anyone in the Old Testament raise the dead?


    Lou Newton, former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher

    Yes God raised the dead in the OT also:

    1 Kings 17 NIV

    17 Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. 18 She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?”

    19 “Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed.20 Then he cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” 21 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!

    22 The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. 23 Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”

    24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.”

    2 Kings 4

    11 One day when Elisha came, he went up to his room and lay down there. 12 He said to his servant Gehazi, “Call the Shunammite.” So he called her, and she stood before him. 13 Elisha said to him, “Tell her, ‘You have gone to all this trouble for us. Now what can be done for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?’”

    She replied, “I have a home among my own people.”

    14 “What can be done for her?” Elisha asked.

    Gehazi said, “She has no son, and her husband is old.”

    15 Then Elisha said, “Call her.” So he called her, and she stood in the doorway. 16 “About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.”

    “No, my lord!” she objected. “Please, man of God, don’t mislead your servant!”

    17 But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.

    18 The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers. 19 He said to his father, “My head! My head!”

    His father told a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 20 After the servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon, and then he died. 21 She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and went out.

    22 She called her husband and said, “Please send me one of the servants and a donkey so I can go to the man of God quickly and return.”

    23 “Why go to him today?” he asked. “It’s not the New Moon or the Sabbath.”

    “That’s all right,” she said.

    24 She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Lead on; don’t slow down for me unless I tell you.” 25 So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel.

    When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, “Look! There’s the Shunammite! 26 Run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?’”

    “Everything is all right,” she said.

    27 When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me why.”

    28 “Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” she said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes’?”

    29 Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. Don’t greet anyone you meet, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy’s face.”

    30 But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her.

    31 Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy’s face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, “The boy has not awakened.”

    32 When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. 33 He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the Lord. 34 Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. 35 Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.

    36 Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, “Call the Shunammite.” And he did. When she came, he said, “Take your son.” 37 She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out.

    One could argue that Elisha even raised a dead man after Elisha was buried:

    2 Kings 13

    20 Elisha died and was buried.

    Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. 21 Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.

    Jonah 2 (NIV)

    2 1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said:

    “In my distress I called to the Lord,
    and he answered me.
    From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
    and you listened to my cry.
    3 You hurled me into the depths,
    into the very heart of the seas,
    and the currents swirled about me;
    all your waves and breakers
    swept over me.
    4 I said, ‘I have been banished
    from your sight;
    yet I will look again
    toward your holy temple.’
    5 The engulfing waters threatened me,
    the deep surrounded me;
    seaweed was wrapped around my head.
    6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
    the earth beneath barred me in forever.
    But you, Lord my God,
    brought my life up from the pit.

    7 “When my life was ebbing away,
    I remembered you, Lord,
    and my prayer rose to you,
    to your holy temple.

    8 “Those who cling to worthless idols
    turn away from God’s love for them.
    9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
    will sacrifice to you.
    What I have vowed I will make good.
    I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

    10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

    Now some will argue that Jonah was alive in the fish, just as some argue that Jesus did not die, but was really alive in His tomb. BUT we know that Jesus died and was buried. Jesus told us this about Jonah:

    Matthew 12 NIV

    The Sign of Jonah

    38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”

    39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

    How was Jesus in the grave - He was dead. So Jonah was dead in the fish.

    Is it easier to believe that a man can sink to the bottom of the sea and be swallowed by a whale and be in that whale for 3 days and 3 nights and still be alive; or it easier to believe that Jonah drowned and was swallowed by a whale and the whale beached itself and threw Jonah up on the shore and God raised him from the dead.

    We know that God can raise the dead and there are many examples in the Bible. But no man can sink to the very bottom of the sea and still be alive, yet alone be swallowed by a whale and live in that whale for 3 days and nights.

    But even more Jesus can not lie. Jonah was in the whale as Jesus was in the earth. Jesus was dead in His grave and Jonah was dead in the whale.


    Answer requested by Gary ..............
    Last edited by Lou Newton; March 17th, 2020, 12:34 PM.
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