2 Kings 6 Ė 7 part 4
2 Kings 6:1 And the
sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "See now, the place where we dwell
with you is too small for us.† 2
"Please, let us go to the
Elisha and these unnamed
sonís of prophets were living in the same place and it was too crowded. So,
they decided to build a bigger place. Since they were close to the
2 Kings 6:8 Now the
The king of
2 Kings 6:14 Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.† 15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?"† 16 So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them."† 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, "LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
This man could see this army and he assumed they were there for Elisha and he became scared. He did not know how many they were of them, but Elisha prays and the young mans eyes are opened, so he can see that there isnít that many soldiers. Sometimes we get scared, like this young man, when we have to face enemies in our life. But, we need to realize that we always have the advantage as Christians because God is on our side.
So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, and
said, "Strike this people, I pray, with blindness." And He struck
them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.† 19 Now Elisha said to them,
"This is not the way, nor is this the city. Follow me, and I
will bring you to the man whom you seek." But he led them to
Now this does not
necessarily mean that God made them blind where they could not see. Many times
the expression is used to say someone has been deceived. If that had been made
blind then how could the follow Elisha? This is why I think this is saying that
God has made it to where they we deceived and they were being deceived by the
man they came for. He convinces them that this is the wrong city and they
follow him to
2 Kings 6:20 So it was,
when they had come to
Once again, Elisha prays
that their eyes might be open so they can see they can see the truth. Again,
this doesnít necessarily mean they were physical blind because the Bible uses
the expression to describe people who had been blind to the truth, but when the
believed their eyes had been opened. Whatever the case is we know that a
miracle caused this blindness and the opening of their eyes and now they are
midst of their enemy and they could have easily killed them, but they did not.
Instead they fed them and sent them back to their master and because of this they
did not come into the
Matthew 5: 43 " You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'† 44 "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,† 45 "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.† 46 "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?† 47 "And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?† 48 "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.†
It is believe that about a year passes between verse 23 and 24.
2 Kings 6:24 And it
happened after this that Ben-Hadad king of
So, Ben-Hadad tactic was
Deuteronomy 28:53 "You shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and your daughters whom the LORD your God has given you, in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you.† 54 "The sensitive and very refined man among you will be hostile toward his brother, toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the rest of his children whom he leaves behind,† 55 "so that he will not give any of them the flesh of his children whom he will eat, because he has nothing left in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.† 56 "The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her delicateness and sensitivity, will refuse to the husband of her bosom, and to her son and her daughter,† 57 "her placenta which comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of everything in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.† 58 " If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD,
This exactly what the northern kingdom had done. The turned their back on the Law of God and just as Moses prophesied they were being surrounded and they were eating their own flesh. Now, instead of the king renouncing their false Godís and their false way, he now wants to kill Elisha, which of course he will not be successful at.††
2 Kings 6:32 But Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. And the king sent a man ahead of him, but before the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, "Do you see how this son of a murderer has sent someone to take away my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door, and hold him fast at the door. Is not the sound of his master's feet behind him?"† 33 And while he was still talking with them, there was the messenger, coming down to him; and then the king said, "Surely this calamity is from the LORD; why should I wait for the LORD any longer?"
There was no way that the King or anyone else would be able to sneak up on Elisha because God let him know what was going on. Despite the Kings best attempt they were ready for the assassin and kept him from coming in. Then the king blames God for what is happening. People always like to blame someone else for their problems and when they canít find a human they will blame God. This is sad because this King and his people had no one to blame but themselves because they had departed from God.
2 Kings 7:1 Then
Elisha said, "Hear the word of the LORD. Thus says 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
So, this is Elisha response to the King and his officer. He lets them know two things that would seem impossible to them. First, within 24 hours there would be food available. In response to this, the officer is basically saying if God opened a window in heaven and poured the food out this could not happen could it?† Then Elisha answer him with a second prophecy, which states that this man will see food being sold at the gate of Samaria but he will not eat of it. We will see this come to pass in minute.
2 Kings 7:3 Now there 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 say, 'We will enter the city,' the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die."† 5 And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there.
These lepers were between a rock and hard place, so they decided to enter the city and surrender to the Syrian army. If the killed them, so be it because they were going to die anyway. However, to their amazement there was no Syrians around.
2 Kings 7:6 For the LORD had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses -- the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, "Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!"† 7 Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact -- their tents, their horses, and their donkeys -- and they fled for their lives.† 8 And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, 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 went and hid it.†
God made sent these Syrians as strong delusion that they were outnumbered by a great that didnít even exist, so they ran for their lives leaving all their stuff behind. Now, some of you I am sure have experienced great hunger. Well, imagine how hungry you would be during a famine. When you put yourself in the shoes of these lepers you can imagine how fast they attacked the food they saw. They wouldnít spent much time chewing because they would swallowed the food as fast as they could and when they saw all the money and clothing they hid it as fast as they could because they had nothing and now they were rich.
2 Kings 7:9 Then they said to one another, "We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king's household."† 10 So they went and called to the gatekeepers of the city, and told them, saying, "We went to the Syrian camp, and surprisingly no one was there, not a human sound -- only horses and donkeys tied, and the tents intact."† 11 And the gatekeepers called out, and they told it to the king's household inside.† 12 So the king arose in the night and said to his servants, "Let me now tell you what the Syrians have done to us. 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, and get into the city.' "
The lepers conscience got the better of them. They realized that their people were starving too, so the go back and inform their king of what was happening. Now the king thought this was just a clever tactic to ambush them. However, we can know that this was Elishaís prophecy being fulfilled, even though the King wasnít willing to recognize it.
2 Kings 7:13 And one of his servants answered and said, "Please, let several men take five of the remaining horses which are left in the city. Look, they may either become like all the multitude of Israel that are left in it; or indeed, I say, they may become like all the multitude of Israel left from those who are consumed; so let us send them and see."† 14 Therefore they took two chariots with horses; and the king sent them in the direction of the Syrian army, saying, "Go and see."† 15 And they went after them to the Jordan; and indeed all the road was full of garments and weapons which the Syrians had thrown away in their haste. So the messengers returned and told the king.
So, the king allows these
men to go and see if this was just a trick. They travel around 20 miles to the
2 Kings 7:16 Then
the people went out and 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,
according to the word of the LORD.† 17
Now the king had appointed the officer on whose hand he leaned to have charge
of the gate. But the people trampled him in the gate, and he died, just as the
man of God had said, who spoke when the king came down to him.† 18 So it happened just as the man
of God had spoken to the king, saying, "Two seahs of barley for a shekel,
and a seah of fine flour for a shekel, shall be sold tomorrow about this
time in the gate of
The king is trying to control his people and put this same man that doubted Elisha word in charge of the gate. There was no controlling this hungry mob of people. They ran right over this man and trampled him to death, which of course fulfilled Elishaís prophecy to the letter because this man was able to see the food, but he did not get to eat it.
These two chapters show us that God cares for his people and no matter how unimportant something may seem to be, like a lost axe head, God is there for us. These 2 chapters also shows us that no matter how big our enemy may be, when God is on your side you are never outnumbered.