For A Shekel!

2 Kgs 7:1-20

From yesterday’s prelude we learnt that there was a great famine in Samaria, the king was holding Elisha responsible, but as we start today, the prophet had a word for the king:

“Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria”.

What a bold and non conservative declaration, but this is God‘s word we are talking about, which is potent to perform its intention. The king’s right hand man disbelieved these words saying that even if the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? Elisha told him he would see it happen but would not eat thereof. So did it happen, and how did it happen?

It actually did happen, and the good news bearers were those you would not have expected – lepers. These were outcast who were not allowed to stay in the city. These men however made a decision, and though their leprous feet might could have been weak, they took a bold step all the same, and God made the steps giant ones. It was a decision not to just stay in hunger and famine till they die, but to go ahead to the Syrian camp in search of food, reckoning that if they died they had nothing to lose, and who knows they might be preserved, and then have something to gain (or to eat).

They lepers were actually surprised to see the camp empty, and as they moved from tent to tent taking whatever they wanted of the Syrian’s spoils, hardly did they know that as they took their bold steps, God had actually caused the Syrian army to hear a noise of chariots and horses and a great host, at which they feared and ran away. The lepers however decided eventually not to keep the spoils to themselves, and took the good tiding to the city. “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good tidings”, their leprous feet had actually became beautiful.

As the chapter concludes, the whole people went to take of the Syrian spoils, which was so massive that indeed as God declared, a measure of fine flour and two measures of barley were both sold for a shekel. In the rush for this miraculous provision, the unbelieving officer who was to oversee the people was actually stampeded and couldn’t eat of the spoil.

God can do beyond you could do or imagine. never doubt Him!

Some verses to remember

vs 1:  Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.

vs 4: If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.

vs 16:  And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.

vs 17: And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him.

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