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Meditations on 2 Kings 7

Posted by Adam Graham on August 9, 2006

The city of Samaria was in dire straits and King Jehoram was at his wit’s end. He’d threatened to kill Elisha the prophet, but relented. In clear contrasts to Chapter 6’s description of the high price of mule heads and dove’s dung, Elijah declares:

Then Elisha said, “Hear ye the word of the LORD. Thus saith the LORD: `Tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.'” v.1 (KJ21)

Not everyone believed:

Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be?” And he said, “Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.” v.2 (KJ21)

When we doubt God, we often find ourselves cut off from His blessings, because we miss them. We live in doubt and can’t react properly when God shows He is still a God of miracle and powers.

And there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate. And they said one to another, “Why sit we here until we die? If we say, `We will enter into the city,’ then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there; and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians. If they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.” vs. 3,4

Such wisdom. How many times do we sit still and wallow in utter misery rather than reaching for the Hope of healing that comes from God? We have too much pride. So we’d rather sit without the city walls than turn in hope to the God who has promised help and healing. We’d rather die than take action. The Bible talks several times about indecisiveness. The prophet declares, “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision.” Elijah cried out and told the people to serve the Lord if He was God or to serve Baal if Baal was God. Joshua in Joshua 24 demanded that the people, “Choose you this day who you will serve.”

I’m convinced that indecisiveness is something that God utterly hates. When we stand on the cracks, we feel “good enough.” We don’t do anything “seriously wrong.” We don’t commit ourselves to God, we practice evil and sin, but not so much that we still can’t claim to be good people or even Christians. God wants us to make our decision, so that if we make the wrong one, at least we can fall hard enough to realize our need for Him.

However, if we’ve got a dreary outlook wherever we look, and no hope anywhere, than it’s time to step out and take the road God has set before us. And if you don’t know Christ, the right road at the crossroad is the cross.

God had frightened away the Syrians with a noise of horses and chariots. The Syrians had left their camp abandonned. Oh how the lepers feasted and spoiled the enemies of the Lord:

Then they said one to another, “We do not what is right. This day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace. If we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us. Now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household.” v. 9

When God blesses you, He calls you to bless others. Surely, as Jesus didn’t come to be served, but to serve; he has called us to share our blessings, be it money, wisdom, or spiritual knowledge. God expects us to bless others through the blessing He’s given us.

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