[Linux4christians] Friday - 2 Kings 6:8 - 7
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Thu Feb 17 21:22:33 EST 2011
2 Kings 6:8 - 7
Elisha Defeats an Army
6:8 Now the king of Syria was at war with Israel. He consulted his
advisers, who said, "Invade at such and such a place." 6:9 But the
prophet sent this message to the king of Israel, "Make sure you don't
pass through this place because Syria is invading there." 6:10 So the
king of Israel sent a message to the place the prophet had pointed out,
warning it to be on its guard. This happened on several occasions. 6:11
This made the king of Syria upset. So he summoned his advisers and said
to them, "One of us must be helping the king of Israel." 6:12 One of his
advisers said, "No, my master, O king. The prophet Elisha who lives in
Israel keeps telling the king of Israel the things you say in your
bedroom." 6:13 The king ordered, "Go, find out where he is, so I can
send some men to capture him." The king was told, "He is in Dothan."
6:14 So he sent horses and chariots there, along with a good-sized army.
They arrived during the night and surrounded the city.
6:15 The prophet's attendant got up early in the morning. When he went
outside there was an army surrounding the city, along with horses and
chariots. He said to Elisha, "Oh no, my master! What will we do?" 6:16
He replied, "Don't be afraid, for our side outnumbers them." 6:17 Then
Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes so he can see." The Lord opened
the servant's eyes and he saw that the hill was full of horses and
chariots of fire all around Elisha. 6:18 As they approached him, Elisha
prayed to the Lord, "Strike these people with blindness." The Lord
struck them with blindness as Elisha requested. 6:19 Then Elisha said to
them, "This is not the right road or city. Follow me, and I will lead
you to the man you're looking for." He led them to Samaria.
6:20 When they had entered Samaria, Elisha said, "O Lord, open their
eyes, so they can see." The Lord opened their eyes and they saw that
they were in the middle of Samaria. 6:21 When the king of Israel saw
them, he asked Elisha, "Should I strike them down, my master?" 6:22 He
replied, "Do not strike them down! You did not capture them with your
sword or bow, so what gives you the right to strike them down? Give them
some food and water, so they can eat and drink and then go back to their
master." 6:23 So he threw a big banquet for them and they ate and drank.
Then he sent them back to their master. After that no Syrian raiding
parties again invaded the land of Israel.
The Lord Saves Samaria
6:24 Later King Ben Hadad of Syria assembled his entire army and
attacked and besieged Samaria. 6:25 Samaria's food supply ran out. They
laid siege to it so long that a donkey's head was selling for eighty
shekels of silver and a quarter of a kab of dove's droppings for five
shekels of silver.
6:26 While the king of Israel was passing by on the city wall, a woman
shouted to him, "Help us, my master, O king!" 6:27 He replied, "No, let
the Lord help you. How can I help you? The threshing floor and winepress
are empty." 6:28 Then the king asked her, "What's your problem?" She
answered, "This woman said to me, 'Hand over your son; we'll eat him
today and then eat my son tomorrow.' 6:29 So we boiled my son and ate
him. Then I said to her the next day, 'Hand over your son and we'll eat
him.' But she hid her son!" 6:30 When the king heard what the woman
said, he tore his clothes. As he was passing by on the wall, the people
could see he was wearing sackcloth under his clothes. 6:31 Then he said,
"May God judge me severely if Elisha son of Shaphat still has his head
by the end of the day!"
6:32 Now Elisha was sitting in his house with the community leaders. The
king sent a messenger on ahead, but before he arrived, Elisha said to
the leaders, "Do you realize this assassin intends to cut off my head?"
Look, when the messenger arrives, shut the door and lean against it. His
master will certainly be right behind him." 6:33 He was still talking to
them when the messenger approached and said, "Look, the Lord is
responsible for this disaster! Why should I continue to wait for the
Lord to help?"
7:1 Elisha replied, "Hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Lord
says, 'About this time tomorrow a seah of finely milled flour will sell
for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of
Samaria.'" 7:2 An officer who was the king's right-hand man responded to
the prophet, "Look, even if the Lord made it rain by opening holes in
the sky, could this happen so soon?" Elisha said, "Look, you will see it
happen with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of the food!"
7:3 Now four men with a skin disease were sitting at the entrance of the
city gate. They said to one another, "Why are we just sitting here
waiting to die? 7:4 If we go into the city, we'll die of starvation, and
if we stay here we'll die! So come on, let's defect to the Syrian camp!
If they spare us, we'll live; if they kill us -- well, we were going to
die anyway." 7:5 So they started toward the Syrian camp at dusk. When
they reached the edge of the Syrian camp, there was no one there. 7:6
The Lord had caused the Syrian camp to hear the sound of chariots and
horses and a large army. Then they said to one another, "Look, the king
of Israel has paid the kings of the Hittites and Egypt to attack us!"
7:7 So they got up and fled at dusk, leaving behind their tents, horses,
and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives. 7:8
When the men with a skin disease reached the edge of the camp, they
entered a tent and had a meal. They also took some silver, gold, and
clothes and went and hid it all. Then they went back and entered another
tent. They looted it and went and hid what they had taken. 7:9 Then they
said to one another, "It's not right what we're doing! This is a day to
celebrate, but we haven't told anyone. If we wait until dawn, we'll be
punished. So come on, let's go and inform the royal palace." 7:10 So
they went and called out to the gatekeepers of the city. They told them,
"We entered the Syrian camp and there was no one there. We didn't even
hear a man's voice. But the horses and donkeys are still tied up, and
the tents remain up." 7:11 The gatekeepers relayed the news to the royal
7:12 The king got up in the night and said to his advisers, "I will tell
you what the Syrians have done to us. They know we are starving, so they
left the camp and hid in the field, thinking, 'When they come out of the
city, we will capture them alive and enter the city.'" 7:13 One of his
advisers replied, "Pick some men and have them take five of the horses
that are left in the city. (Even if they are killed, their fate will be
no different than that of all the Israelite people -- we're all going to
die!) Let's send them out so we can know for sure what's going on." 7:14
So they picked two horsemen and the king sent them out to track the
Syrian army. He ordered them, "Go and find out what's going on." 7:15 So
they tracked them as far as the Jordan. The road was filled with clothes
and equipment that the Syrians had discarded in their haste. The scouts
went back and told the king. 7:16 Then the people went out and looted
the Syrian camp. A seah of finely milled flour sold for a shekel, and
two seahs of barley for a shekel, just as the Lord had said they would.
7:17 Now the king had placed the officer who was his right-hand man at
the city gate. When the people rushed out, they trampled him to death in
the gate. This fulfilled the prophet's word which he had spoken when the
king tried to arrest him. 7:18 The prophet told the king, "Two seahs of
barley will sell for a shekel, and a seah of finely milled flour for a
shekel; this will happen about this time tomorrow in the gate of
Samaria." 7:19 But the officer replied to the prophet, "Look, even if
the Lord made it rain by opening holes in the sky, could this happen so
soon?" Elisha said, "Look, you will see it happen with your own eyes,
but you will not eat any of the food!" 7:20 This is exactly what
happened to him. The people trampled him to death in the city gate.
Lord, Your power is greater that that of armies, and those who refuse to
trust You are doomed to miss out on Your blessings. May I never doubt
that You are the omnipotent God and never question anything that You say.
Syria was at war with Israel but every time they planned a place of
ambush or attack Elisha warned the king of Israel. At first the Syrians
thought they had a traitor but their spies explained that it was Elisha.
The Syrians sent an army to capture him but the Lord God provided an
army of horses and chariots of fire to protect Elisha then blinded the
Syrians at Elisha's request. He then led them, unknown to them, to
Samaria where the King of Israel waited.
The King of Israel wanted to kill them but Elisha reminded him that he
had nothing to do their capture so he had nothing to say about their
treatment. Elisha instead instructed that they be given water and a
feast and sent home. They did so and after they returned to Syria no
raiding parties were sent for a long time.
King Ben Hadad of Syria some time later laid siege to Samaria for so
long that the people were so desperate for food that some actually
killed and ate a child. The king was angry and blamed Elisha and set out
to kill him.
When the king's messenger arrived Elisha informed him that the people
would be feasting the next day, but a military man who overheard
expressed his doubt because there were no crops to grow nor animals to
slaughter -- so Elisha repeated the prophesy but added that the doubting
soldier would not participate in the feast.
Four men who were ceremonially unclean from a skin disease were starving
outside the city gates and decided to defect to the Syrians in hopes of
food -- they knew they would die of starvation so if the Syrians killed
them they'd be no worse off.
When they arrived in the Syrian camp they found it abandoned. The Lord
God had caused them to hear the sound of chariots and they thought the
Samarians had hired Egyptians and Hittites to attack them. There was
food enough for an army, so they ate, then decided to tell the others.
The king sent two horsemen to check on the Syrians and they found
nothing but discarded supplies as the Syrians fled in terror. The people
stormed out of through the city gate, trampling to death the soldier who
had doubted Elisha, thus fulfilling the prophesy of abundant food and
nothing for him.
Rather than consult Elisha and ask for the Lord God's intervention the
king of Samaria doubted God and blamed Elisha.
Given his history why would the military man doubt his prophesy rather
than merely ask for clarification?
The Syrians, who worshiped false gods, were used by the Lord God to
provide for the Samarians.
When have you experienced or observed a situation where the Lord God was
either not consulted or doubted and then blamed for bad circumstances?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a place in your life where He has
blessed you through someone whose intent was to be your enemy, or where
He is in the process of doing so.
Today I will praise the Lord for His amazing provision, be it past or
present, and I will testify to His faithfulness to a fellow believer as
an encouragement to them.
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Saturday's text will be:
2 Kings 8
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David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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