THE WORD OF GOD TO CHANGE HEARTS , THEN THE CITY
2 Kings 7
King James Version (KJV)
7 Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, To morrow 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.
2 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.
3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
4 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.
5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there.
6 For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.
7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.
8 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.
9 Then they said one to another, We do not well: 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.
10 So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were.
11 And he called the porters; and they told it to the king’s house within.
12 And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I will now shew you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of the city, we shall catch them alive, and get into the city.
13 And one of his servants answered and said, Let some take, I pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city, (behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel that are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the multitude of the Israelites that are consumed:) and let us send and see.
14 They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see.
15 And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.
16 And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord.
17 And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him.
18 And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria:
19 And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the Lord should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
20 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.
Undoubtedly, we face a hard situation for disregarding the word of God or the time we don’t understand it spiritually.
The time Elisha, the true man of God, was prophesying that the starving will end for the next day, and in the name of Almighty…” Tomorrow about this time, a measure of fine flour shall be sold for a shekels…” at the gate of Samaria; the captain on whose the King leaned denied the prophesy and replied that only if the Lord should make windows of heavens.
Did the God speak ? Yes.
Why then the captain opposed the real will of the Lord? (2 Kings;1-2)
Because he was a carnal man without faith, he could not step to The fourth dimension as teaches pastor David Yong_gi _Cho, a spiritual realm of holy spirit. This state of a flesh heart requires the withdrawal of human ability as strength and knowledge as the doubt.
We learn that a doubting heart is similar to the wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1; 6-7) This kind of heart is not used by God!
The time God wished to gather the waters apart under heavens, he wanted a free land where some creatures and plants could grow but not in waters where you find the vehement wind. (GENESIS 1;9)
Trough the spiritual history of Samaria, we find out that the king lacked an insight to hearken he word of God proclaimed through Elisha his servant in order to improve hard situation of starving in that city.
As long as the man’s heart is led by his thoughts plus the neglect of the word of God, the death is welcomed,dying by hunger I mean, like those Samaritans encompassed by Syrian army.
To live or to overcome any hardship in our life we have to lean and rely on the word of God. I can compare more of human thoughts to the dross covering a piece of silver. That dross must be removed to let the material needed by a smith. that is the first operation for that craftsman (Proverbs 25,4).
Afterward, how Samaritans were brought to accept word of God as Good News ?
That was just when the 4 lepers compelled to leave outside the city decided to go and check Syrian camp and found out that not any soldier of Syria remained. For those lepers, it was a choose of death after having compared three options: First to not still stay at the gate of Samaria where they have to die both by leprosy inevitably and by famine unexpectedly
Secondly, returning inside the city from where they have been evicted, where they must die by starvation solved nothing.
In third, the last and spiritual solution was to join Syrian army.with the two forked mind to be spared or killed by them.
You read that God made flee the Syrian army by letting them hear the great sound many chariots and horses so that they run away.
Let’s check now if there is any sin at the cross! For Christ died for ungodly ,as he is the Lamb of God who took the sins of the world. (Romans 56) ; ( 1 John;29)
Back into Samaria city, the king’s household accepted Good News brought by the four lepers who wanted to do right by not remaining silent on the day of Good News ,except the captain on whom the people trod upon after having plundered the camp of Syrians. (Kings,9).
So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekels according to the word of God trough his servant Elisha.
Sisters and brothers, let’s replace the worldly human mind by accepting the abundance of fine flour so that we can show the God’s heart, not ours!
Remember that the bible in the book of proverbs says that in waters,face answers to face. (Proverbs 27;19)
God bless you for reading and accepting to be changed spiritually by this preaching on-line.