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Our Decision – Part 2
A study of 2 Kings 6:24 -7:20
In Ancient Israel there were often wars over territory, kings would rise up over other kings and it could make life pretty miserable for the ordinary citizen living in that territory. This is one of those very stories. The invading King had cut off the city of Samaria and the people inside of the city were starving to death. They were weak and hungry and had resorted to killing and eating their own children in order to stay alive
I would like to draw your attention to the lepers in this story. They were outcasts of society, living outside of the city gates; they were considered unclean and were not allowed to participate in the daily life of the ordinary citizens of the city. Even though they were considered unclean, their consciences would not let them hoard all of the new found treasure for themselves.
In verses 7:3-9
3Now there were four men with leprosy£ at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die?
4If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.”
5At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans. When they reached the edge of the camp, not a man was there,
6for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!”
7So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives.
8The men who had leprosy reached the edge of the camp and entered one of the tents. They ate and drank, and carried away silver, gold and clothes, and went off and hid them. They returned and entered another tent and took some things from it and hid them also.
9Then they said to each other, “We’re not doing right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.”
10So they went and called out to the city gatekeepers and told them, “We went into the Aramean camp and not a man was there—not a sound of anyone—only tethered horses and donkeys, and the tents left just as they were.”
11The gatekeepers shouted the news, and it was reported within the palace.
Sharing the great treasures that they had found meant salvation for the people in the city; do you think that the people were grateful? I am sure that they were, they knew that it meant that they could live life again, that they would have food and water and life would return to normal again. Death was no longer hanging over their heads.
In many ways we as Christians are often a lot like the lepers in this passage of scripture. We have been given a gift that brings great life into our lives. We have been given a hope and a promise of an eternal future. We have been given the precious gift of having the Holy Spirit living within us and filling us with his power. We have been given all of the treasures of heaven.
The gift that I speak of is the gift of ……SALVATION
This gift that we have received means that we will no longer have to face death because of our sins. It is God’s gift to us that says that he loves us and that he wants to have a relationship with us.
This gift of salvation gives us many promises; one of them is freedom, freedom to walk in obedience to God and his ways for us, freedom to choose right over wrong, freedom from the death that our sins really deserve.
Now many of us, myself included have been like those lepers, when they found this great treasure they did not immediately go and tell the others about it, they ate their full, enjoyed the luxury of it all, they even took some of the treasure and buried it for future use.
Jesus gave us the wonderful gift of Salvation, he paid a huge price so that we could come into the throne room of grace and receive mercy from God, his sacrifice on our behalf meant that when I received Christ and repented of my wicked ways that God would no longer hold our sins against us. We are forgiven, washed clean, blameless in God’s sight.
I don’t know about you, but that is a great gift.
It is time brothers and sisters for us to shout it aloud that we have been given a great gift and that God wants to share it with everyone. Jesus did not die for us to be a part of an exclusive club of people blessed by good living. We have a responsibility to the people of this world and to God to share with others this great gift that was given to us.
The place to begin, is by deeping your roots with God, through daily reading of the bible and prayer, you have to know the wonders of the gift that you have been given before you are willing to share it with other people. If you have not started the practice of learning to walk closely with God, please do so today!
People will see that there is a difference in how you live and handle life compared to how they are handling their lives. This will open the door for you to share your gift with them. When we live our lives as the people God intended for us to be, the world will take note and want what we have been given.
St Fransis of Asisi said “Preach the gospel always, use words if necessary”
While we are on this earth we are to train ourselves to set ourselves apart from the wickedness around us. We will start to look more and more like Christ all of the time.
What was Christ like; well he showed love in that he died for us, so that we could come into a right relationship with God. He prayed to God for strength to do the tasks set before him. He performed miracles out of compassion for the people, he showed kindness to those who were marginalized by society. He stood up for the truth. He loved the people enough to go throughout all of Judea and share with them the wonderful news that the Messiah had come.
This is what we as Christians are called to do, in our homes, in our neighborhoods in our schools and work places. We are told by Jesus to go out to all of the earth and share with the people the gift that we were given.
The Great Commission
16. Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.
17. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
18. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20. and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Brothers and sisters in Christ, I want to encourage you today to take a look at your life with God today, how ready are you to share the greatest gift that was ever given. How are you reflecting him in your life today?
The time is now to share with other people about the great love that Christ has for them. So go out and fulfill the greatest commission ever given.
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