Re:Verse reading–2 Kings 4:8-37 (day one)
The Hebrew word (gadowl) means great or large (in size, importance, wealth or character). It is used in 2 Kings 4:8 to describe a woman of Shunem (Galilee). In this case, it probably means “wealthy” or “prominent”, but probably also points to the “greatness of her generous heart”.
The woman of Shunem also has great spiritual insight. She sees that Elisha is a “man of God” and recognizes her opportunity/duty to help him. First with an occasional meal. Then with a “permanent” place to stay at her house where he can rest and read and pray.
The Bible is full of such stories. In Acts 16 it is Lydia. In the gospels it is a group of women who follow the disciple-band and meet needs out of their own resources. (Luke 8).
Wherever the gospel has gone, it has done so, by the contribution of great women. Great in heart, service and sacrifice. Thank God for them!