Have you ever thought about the legacy that you will leave behind after you have died? Today we are going to look at three men in the bible that accomplished great things during and after their death.
Abel was the younger brother of Cain, who Cain murdered when his offering was accepted by the Lord and Cain’s was not. After Abel was murdered God confronted Cain, and told him that his brother’s blood crieth unto him from the ground. This the first murder and death upon the earth, said something to God and it was prophetic of someone else’s blood that would mean great things to both God and man. That someone was Jesus Christ. “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” (Hebrews 12:24) Yes, the blood of Christ spoke greater things unto God than that of Abel, pacifying his wrath towards mankind and allowing us an opportunity for reconciliation with God. God used the death of Abel to illustrate how Christ’s blood would speak greater things to Him. May our life illustrate the person of Christ that in our death in may be said of us; “he being dead yet speaketh.” (Hebrews 11:4)
Samson was one of the Judges in Israel, who God had blessed with amazing strength. Samson was given this strength to be able to fight the enemy of Israel the Philistines. God has also provided us with great strength that we may overcome Satan, our flesh, and the world. “For greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.” “And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1John 4:4; 5:4) The life of Samson was filled with many victories over the enemy, but eventually they overcame him. They cut Samson’s hair, put out his eyes and chained him to some pillars in one of their great buildings. As Samson’s hair began to grow back, he prayed for God to give him strength one more time to gain a final victory over his enemy. God honored this prayer, and Samson pushed down the pillars making the building fall down and killing both himself and the Philistines. The Bible records the death of Samson like this: “So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.” (Judges16:30) Our life will be like Samson’s there will be times of victory and times of defeat, but may we go to our death bed with more victory over Satan than defeat.
Elisha was a great prophet of God who was blessed with a “double portion of the spirit of Elijah”. (2Kings 2:9) Needless to say, Elisha had great power with God and he did many wonderful things. We can be like Elisha, many great men and women have gone on before us, “who being dead yet speaketh.” Some speak still through poems, songs, audio recording, and books. We should desire that God would place his hands upon us that upon our death people would still be blessed by us. Elisha was seen as still effecting people even after his death; lets read (2Kings 13:21) “And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulcher of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.” Even in Elisha’s death dead men were still being raised, and oh, that God would allow those who are dead in sin to be brought to life in Christ through our death. I know some people that were saved at the funeral of a Christian, and others who have been saved by reading literature by a Christian who had died years prior to their salvation.
In summary, may God help us to live like we were dying, so at our death, it may be said of us, “he being dead yet speaketh!”