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September 25, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Kings 7 (ESV)

But Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord: thus says the Lord, Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, “If the Lord himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” But he said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.”

Now there were four men who were lepers at the entrance to the gate. And they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘Let us enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. So now come, let us go over to the camp of the Syrians. If they spare our lives we shall live, and if they kill us we shall but die.”...Continue Reading

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  1. There is a pattern in this series of prophetic words of justice and consequences

    How much of the pain and suffering could have been avoided with faithfulness and consistency

  2. And he had said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” 20And so it happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gate and he died.

  3. God is already there, when His prophets are faithful their words are always true. interesting about the four lepers, how outcasts were used to announce that the enemy had indeed left. They wrestled a bit with telling the people or keeping “stuff” for themselves, ultimately they chose mercy over any feelings they may have had about how they had been no doubt treated as lepers-“unclean, unclean”.

  4. Why the king of I Israel thinks he can kill Elisha before his time and doesn’t believe when he says the economic situation that the Jews are in will change radically, shows he just doesn’t understand or believe the power of God and the nature of His relationship with His prophet. And just look at how God provides. I mean the situation in Samaria is desperate, that’s what sieges did to a city and why it was a common military technique in that day and for centuries later. How could God provide so much to change the condition of so many people in the city? How about creating a fear in the Aramean camp so they run away and leave all their provisions behind? Not something that someone would imagine possible, but certainly not too tough for our great God. It is interesting that it is these desperate lepers who are the ones who discover it. They literally have nothing to lose, which is sometimes what is required for us to find God’s provision, and so they approach the Aramean camp and find they are gone. And after gorging themselves think maybe we should tell the king about this. And just like that, problem solved and the prophet of God shown to be true. But not for the guy who challenged Elisha and discredited the prophecy Elisha made. He would see it but not experience it. Sad that that will be the case for many who reject God. They will see His glory, but will not enter it.

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