Week 19   Day 5

 

Here is a battle that was won

without a shot being fired.

 

  

The book of II Kings is full of

            famine

            defeat

            oppression 

That's just the opposite of what God

wanted to give his people 

 

It's the other side of the covenant of blessing

             the negative side

a covenant of neglect and trouble

            and it was freely chosen 

 

Our lives are determined by the choices we make.

God is in control 

            but man is free 

God's control stops where man's freedom begins 

 

This was made clear to us

            long ago

            in the garden of Eden

            under the apple tree

God does not force his way on any of us.



                                    DEFLATED PRICES
                A day of good news amid famine and war.
                                           II Kings 6 & 7

 

     24After this Ben-Hadad, king of Syria, gathered all his army

and went up and besieged Samaria.  25 Indeed they besieged
it
until a donkey's head was sold for eighty shekels of silver,
and
one-fourth of a kab of dove droppings for five shekels.   

     1Then Elisha said, "Hear the word of 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.'" 

2An officer answered the man of God, "Look, if the Lord

would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?" 

     3There were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate;

and they said to one another, "Why are we sitting here until we

die?  4 If we enter the city, the famine is in the city.  If we sit

here, we die also.  Come, let us surrender to the Syrians.  If

they keep us alive, we shall live, if they kill us, we shall only

die."  5They rose at twilight to go to the Syrians; when they

had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, no one was there. 

    6For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear

the noise of chariots and horses, the noise of a great army.

7Therefore they arose at twilight, and left this camp intact--

their tents, their horses, and their donkeys--and they fled.

    8When these lepers came, they went into one tent and ate

and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing,

and went and hid them; then they came back and entered

another tent, and carried some from there also, and hid it.

     9Then they said to one another. "We are not doing right. 

This is a day of good news, and we remain silent.  If we

wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon

us.  Now therefore let us go and tell the king's household. 

10So they went and called to the gatekeepers of the city,

11and they told it to the king's household.

     12So the king arose in the night and said to his servants.

"Let me tell you what the Syrians have done. They know
that we are hungry; therefore they have gone out of
the
camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, 'When
they
come out of the city, we shall catch them alive.'"

     13One of his servants said, "Please, let several men
go
and see."  15 Indeed all the road was full of garments
and
weapons thrown away in haste.  16Then the people

plundered the tents of the Syrians.  So a seah of fine flour

was sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel.
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV 

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