Week 19   Day 4

 

Lord

            open our eyes

            that we may see

            the invisible chariots

            of our salvation.

 

 

What does God control? 

And what doesn't God control? 

Old Testament writers explained everything

            as coming from the hand of God

                        rain 

                        disease 

                        the outcome of war 

                        adversity 

They believed God used the forces of nature 

            ravens 

            weather 

            human nature 

to accomplish whatever God desired 

 

They also believed God used people 

It did not matter

It made no difference

            if that person were

                        God's prophet 

                        the enemy king or

                        some obscure figure in a foreign country 

God used whomever he chose to serve his purposes 

 

Throughout these Old Testament books

            another thing is obvious 

God does not control whether people will

                        believe in

                        obey 

                        love him 

People are free to choose.

 

 

 

                                      WAR WITH ARAM
More with us!?  Elisha must have been counting angels!
                                              II Kings 6

 

     8Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel;

and he consulted with his servants, saying, "My camp will be

in such and such a place."  9And the man of God sent to the

king of Israel, saying, "Beware that you do not pass this
place,
for the Syrians are coming down there." 

     11Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly

troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said,

"Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?" 

12One of his servants said, "None, my lord, O king; but
Elisha, the prophet which is in Israel, tells the king of
Israel
the words that you speak in your bedroom."

     13So he said, "Go and see where he is, that I may send

and get him.  Surely he is in Dothan."  14Therefore he sent

horses and chariots and a great army there; they came by

night and surrounded the city.  15When the servant of the

man of God arose early and went out, there was an army,

surrounding the city with horses and chariots.  And he said,

"Alas, my master!  What shall we do?"

     16So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with

us are more than those who are with them."  17And Elisha

prayed, "Lord, open his eyes that he may see."   The Lord
opened the eyes of the young man, and behold, the
mountain
was full of horses and chariots of fire all around
Elisha. 
    18When the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed,
"Strike this people, I pray, with blindness."  And He struck
them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. 

     19Elisha said to them, "This is not the way, nor is this the
city.  Follow me, and I will bring you to the man you
seek." 
But he led them to Samaria.  20The Lord opened
their eyes,
and they saw; and there they were, inside Samaria!

     21When the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha,

"My father, shall I kill them?  Shall I kill them?"  22Elisha

answered, "You shall not kill them.  Would you kill those

whom you have taken captive with your sword and bow? 

Set food and water before them, that they may eat and
drink
and go to their master."  23Then he prepared a great
feast for
them; and after they ate and drank, he sent them
away and
they went to their master.

    So the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the

land of Israel.
         This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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