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Week 19 Day 4
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
the outcome of war
They believed God used the forces of nature
to accomplish whatever God desired
They also believed God used people
It did not matter
It made no difference
if that person were
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
People are free to choose.
WAR WITH ARAMMore 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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