2 Kings 7
-The seventh chapter of 2 Kings describes the amazing and miraculous events of deliverance from the siege of Samaria by the Aramean army during the reign of Jehoram of Israel. Elisha gives the beneficial Word of the LORD at the beginning of the chapter, which is met with skepticism and doubt, at least from the royal officer who worked faithfully for the king (2 Kings 7:2). Four leprous men ventured out from the city, in desperation basically, and found that the enemy camp had been deserted. “The LORD had caused the army of the Arameans to hear a sound of chariots and a sound of horses, even the sound of a great army,” so that they believed that the Israelites had hired out armies from the Hittites and Egypt to attack them (2 Kings 7:6). They left immediately in haste leaving everything behind and scattering their equipment and supplies all along the route back east to the Jordan River. The leprous men plundered two tents hiding their spoil before coming to their senses and spreading the news to the king and the city. After checking on the situation, the people went out and plundered the camp of the Arameans and fulfilled the Word of the LORD given to His prophet Elisha. Even the prophecy of the destruction of the royal official who doubted was completed and God got a great victory (2 Kings 7:1-20). *Application* Several times it is reiterated in the passage that God’s exact words were fulfilled. Sometimes we doubt when God gives us a clear message and direction because the circumstances we are under seem to make it impossible to happen. It is at these “faith crisis” moments that we need to trust in the provision and power of the LORD to work everything out just as He says. As the old saying goes, “it is always darkest before the dawn.” The Bible says it like this, “Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5b).” Keep on keeping on when you know the LORD has given His promises.
Verse to Memorize: 2 Kings 7:18