A pastor was retiring after 25 years in his Church. As he came to clear out his bedroom he found a little basket under the bed with five eggs and $1,000. Baffled he called his wife and said: Darling, what are these eggs and money doing under the bed? “Oh “ she said & … More
The king suspected a trap (v. 12). He calculated that since the Arameans had not been able to break into Samaria they had planned this apparent retreat to draw the Samaritans out, leaving the city open to invasion. One of Joram’s officers suggested sending only five horsemen to scout out the Aramean camp (v. 13). If these soldiers were caught their deaths would only be hastened, because he thought death was inescapable for all the people in Samaria. Joram liked this plan. So he ordered two chariots with their horses, to follow the supposedly fleeing Aramean army (v. 14).
The chariot drivers followed a trail of discarded clothing and equipment all the way to the Jordan River, about 25 miles from Samaria (v. 15). They discovered Israel’s enemy had crossed the Jordan and was gone. The drivers returned to Samaria and announced the good news to the king. This was a fulfillment of Elisha’s predictions. The king apparently threw the gates open before the excited multitudes who streamed out to find food and booty (v. 16). Those who found the food first were able to sell it to their neighbors for the same prices the Lord had predicted through Elisha (v. 1).
So heavy was the traffic through the gate that the officer who assisted the king was trampled to death (vv. 17-20). This man had ridiculed God’s ability to do what He said He would do (v. 2). The fate that Elisha had predicted overtook him. God, not Baal, provides food; in fact God even foretold exactly when He would provide it. The remarkable way in which God kept the Samaritans safe and sustained them should have turned them and the king back to Him.
God’s future discipline of the Israelites can be understood better in the light of their rejection of His many gracious and miraculous provisions for them.
And the king rose in the night and said to his servants, "I will 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 open country, thinking, 'When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive and get into the city.'" And one of his servants said, "Let some men take five of the remaining horses, seeing that those who are left here will fare like the whole multitude of Israel who have already perished. Let us send and see." So they took two horsemen, and the king sent them after the army of the Syrians, saying, "Go and see." So they went after them as far as the Jordan, and behold, all the way was littered with garments and equipment that the Syrians had thrown away in their haste. And the messengers returned and told the king. Then the people went out and plundered the camp 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. Now the king had appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned to have charge of the gate. And the people trampled him in the gate, so that he died, as the man of God had said when the king came down to him. For when the man of God had said to the king, "Two seahs of barley shall be sold for a shekel, and a seah of fine flour for a shekel, about this time tomorrow in the gate of Samaria," the captain had answered the man of God, "If the LORD himself should make windows in heaven, could such a thing be?" And he had said, "You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it." And so it happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gate and he died.
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II Kings 4:1-17Elisha And The Widow’s Oil
II Kings 4:18-37Elisha And The Shunammite woman
II Kings 4:38-44Elisha Purifies The Deadly Stew
II Kings 5:1-14Naaman Healed of Leprosy
II Kings 5:15-27Gehazi’s Greed And Punishment
II Kings 6:1-7The Floating Ax Head
II Kings 6:8-23The Blinded Syrians Captured
II Kings 6:24-33Ben-Hadad’s Siege of Samaria
II Kings 7:1-11The Syrians Flee
II Kings 7:12-20Prophecy is Fulfilled
II Kings 8:1-15Joram Restores The Shunammite’s Land
II Kings 8:16-29Jehoram And Ahaziah Reigns in Judah
II Kings 9:1-13Jehu Anointed King of Israel
II Kings 9:14-37Jehu Kills Joram And Ahaziah
II Kings 10:1-17Jehu Slaughters Ahab’s Decendants
II Kings 10:18-36Jehu Kills Those Who Serve Baal