Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See, the place where we dwell under your charge is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan and each of us get there a log, and let us make a place for us to dwell there.” And he answered, “Go.” Then one of them said, “Be pleased 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 felling a log, his axe head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Alas, my master! It was borrowed.” Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there and made the iron float. And he said, “Take it up.” So he reached out his hand and took it. II Kings 6:1-7 ESV
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God,you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” Acts 2:22-24 ESV
Why do some things float in water, and other things sink? The ability to float is called buoyancy, and different materials have different buoyancies. Wood will usually float in water, and metals don’t float in water. This is true even if the piece of wood is very big and heavy, or if the piece of metal is very small and light. The difference between wood and metal is something called density. Density is how heavy a certain volume of the material is. For example, if you have a block of wood and a block of metal the same size, the metal block will be much heavier. That’s why the metal won’t float and the wood will.
The sons of the prophets experienced density when one of them lost an axe head in the Jordan River. They had been cutting down trees and making them into logs so that they could build a bigger building for their school where Elisha was teaching them. The metal axe head sank to the bottom of the river, and the young man who lost it was upset. It had been a borrowed axe, and he would have to pay for it if it was lost. But God worked through Elisha to get the axe head back. Elisha threw a stick into the water. The wooden stick floated just as wood almost always floats, but God made something extraordinary happen. The axe head floated too! This wasn’t magic or a new law of science. It was just a miracle that God did through Elisha.
For a metal axe head to float seems impossible, but God can do even more impossible things than that. God can bring dead people out of their graves! When Jesus died on the cross, everyone thought that that was the end for him. Dead people usually don’t come out of the grave. But the Bible says that it was impossible for death to hold Jesus. God brought him out of the grave on the first Easter. Because of that, we can be sure that we will also come out of the grave after we die, and that we will have life forever with Jesus. Jesus defeated death so that we could live forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for doing things that seem impossible, especially giving us life forever with Jesus. In His Name, Amen.