2 KINGS 6

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2 Kings 6:8-23

ELISHA’S EYES

 

ELISHA SAW DANGER AND WARNED – Vss. 8-11

ELISHA SAW DELIVERANCE AND ACTED – Vss. 12-20

ELISHA SAW THE DEFEATED AND SHOWED MERCY – Vss. 21-23

 

 

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2 Kings 6:8-23

SO, YOU WANT TO SERVE THE LORD!

 

I think most true Christians want to serve the Lord in some capacity.

Elisha the prophet shows us how to do this.

 

1. SPEAK GOD'S TRUTH Vss. 8-10

    Elisha simply told others what God had told Him.

    Paul did the same thing. See 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 11:23

 

2. EXPECT SATAN'S RETALIATION Vss. 11-15

 

3. RELY ON GOD'S PROTECTION Vss. 16-20

    Note that Elisha's prayer for blindness was for the purpose of protection,   

    not harming someone else. In fact the blindness was temporary.

 

4. ACT AS GOD'S REPRESENTATIVE Vss. 21-23

    God did not want the enemy killed in this case, but blessed.

    Elisha acted as God's representative in practicing the "golden rule" of

    doing unto others as we would have them do to us. See Romans 12:19-

    21. Note that the raids on Israel ceased after this event.

 

 

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2 Kings 6:8-23

FEARLESS BEFORE THE FOE

 

As Christians, we will have enemies for the sake of Christ.  2 Timothy 3:12, John 15:19

How we deal with our enemies will be an indication of how closely we are walking with God.

Enemies tend to scare us, but God wants us to be fearless before them. Proverbs 3:5-6, 29:25

The prophet Elijah was fearless before his enemies.  We can learn from his example.

 

HIS PROBLEM WAS CAUSED BY RIGHTEOUSNESS - Vss. 8-14

Elisha was sharing Syria's war plans with the King of Israel.  Elisha's knowledge came from God.

When the King of Syria discovered that Elisha was doing this, he became Elisha's enemy.

He sent soldiers to apprehend him.

Elisha got in trouble for doing what was right.  We need to realize that when we do what is right, we will also make enemies.  We must make sure however that we are doing what is right. 1 Peter 2:19-20, 3:16-17, 4:15-16

 

HIS PROTECTION CAME FROM GOD - Vss. 15-17

Elisha was not upset because he knew God was protecting him.  He asked God to show his servant the great heavenly host that had them protected.

We must remember that God has promised to protect us and He is able to take care of us even through "impossible" circumstances. Isaiah 41:10, 1 John 4:4, Hebrews 2:13-14, Jeremiah 32:27

 

HIS PRAYERS CLIMAXED IN VICTORY - Vs. 18

Elisha's prayer that his enemies would become blind was answered.  This prayer did not result in permanent difficulty for his enemies, but enabled him to be delivered from their power.

We must trust that God will answer our prayers. Luke 18:1, James 5:16-18

 

HIS PLAN CALLED FOR LOVE - Vss. 19-23

Elijah "blessed" his enemies feeding them and sending them home in peace.

Our Lord Jesus expects us to act in like fashion. Matthew 5:43-48, Romans 12:18-21

The end result of the kindness Elisha showed was a cessation of raids made on Israel's towns.

 

 

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2 Kings 6:24-7:20

SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS

 

In this story I see the lepers as a picture of the born again Christians.

Eventually the lepers spread the good news that the famine was over and there was food, clothes, and money available.

As Christians we are to spread the word of the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.

After giving the background of the story in 2 Kings 6:24-7:2, point out that these lepers remind us Christians of:

 

THE PAST (The way we were.) Vss.3-5

  Hurting Vs. 3 - We were hurting because of our sin.

  Hungry Vs. 4 - We were Spiritually hungry for something better.

  Honest Vss. 4-5 - No one gets saved until they honestly admit their

  sin and turn to Christ in faith.

 

THE PRESENT (The way we are.) Vs. 8

  (Vs. 5-7 tell of the fate of the Syrian army.)

  Rich - We have great riches in Christ. Ephesians 1:3

  Satisfied - We have great satisfaction in what Christ has done for us.

  Selfish - All too often we keep our joy in Christ to ourselves.

 

THE PROMOTION  (The way we should be.) Vss. 9-20

  These lepers were:

  Convicted - Vs. 9 - We need to be convicted that we shouldn't keep

  silent about our salvation. (Psalm 107:2)

  Convincing - Vss. 10-11 - We need to be convincing others of the

   joys  of salvation. (1 Peter 3:15

  Converting - Vss. 13-16 - As a result of the lepers' testimony, many

   were fed. As a result of our testimony, many will come to Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

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