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Week 19 Day 5
Here is a battle that was won
without a shot being fired.
The book of II Kings is full of
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
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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