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While they were having all this fun this little matter came up. What are we going to do about all the people who they left behind within the walls of the city? The ones who they left starving. The ones who probably showed them very little concern while they sat outside of the gate. They didn’t know this news. As far as they knew they were still surrounded by Syrian army.
And if you are here this morning and are a Christian having entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ then think about this. Go back to the time you accepted Jesus as your own personal Savior. Go back to the time when you made that discovery. A time where you were able to enjoy the riches of God’s grace. A time where you where able to experience God’s forgiveness. You were able to enjoy the blessings of His eternal life and have a personal relationship with Him.
Remember the time someone shared with you that you have a purpose in life and that God sent His son to die on the cross for your sins, and that He now reigns in Heaven and is preparing a place for us to spend eternity. Do you remember that time?
But the problem is that so many of us are so happy in what we found in God that we forget about those left behind.
So this morning I want to share with you three questions that you must face and they are the same questions that these lepers faced as well. First…
Am I aware of those left behind?
In order to fully understand just how bad it was in the city, you have to go back to chapter 6:24
Now you think you have it bad…donkey head burgers where going for $50.00 a piece and if you wanted it loaded you could add dove manure. But then it got worse. They began to practice Cannibalism. (Read 6:26-29)
Now as a parent, I can see us getting boiling mad at our kids but it is hard for me to pathname boiling and eating your own child. But food was so scarce that this woman says, “Let’s eat your son today and then we will eat my son tomorrow.
Now I am not trying to downplay world hunger. I know that over half of the world went to bed hungry last night. But I am convinced that there is a famine greater than a famine for food. It is the famine that the Prophet Amos talks about in Amos 8:11 “Behold the days are coming, says the Lord GOD, That I will send a famine in the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of a hearing the words of the LORD.””
What people need more than food or water is to hear from the Lord. That is what the people needed then and that is what we need now. Do you know why that is true?
With the knowledge we have now, we could make sure that everyone in the world would have food on their table and cloths in their closet. We sure that everyone had what was needed to shelter their families. But that would not solve the problems. You see the problem is not so much the physical in this world. Because if we provided all that I stated the physical would be taken care of. But the problem we have a spiritual. Because if we provided food, clothing, and shelter
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