Summary: People are looking to the spiritual to find ‘friends in high places’. Elisha had ‘friends in high places’. I would like us to consider those that Elisha had as his ‘friends in high places’ – those known as angels.
FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
Just a week or two ago I was talking to some friends, who would not by any stretch of the imagination be considered people of high influence, and yet during that conversation I was told of a possible job prospect. They said, ‘Just mention that so and so, friends of Shane, suggested that you try out for a position there.’
Well, I met the boss and told him the story. He said, ‘So David tell me the names of these people again who know Shane?’ I told him, and he just smiled and said quietly, ‘It’s just amazing how contacts can be made and through whom!’ He desperately needed someone to employ part time and I got the job! Start Monday!
Now, to me, that whole incident put flesh on two common sayings – ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ and, as far as that job was concerned, I had ‘Friends in high places.’
I believe most of us want ‘friends in high places’. And that is what I have called this message – ‘Friends in High Places’.
Why is it that we want and perhaps need friends in high places?
And people are looking to the spiritual to find their ‘friends in high places’. In the year 2000, 60,000 people paid to go through the ‘mind, body & soul’ festival in Sydney. People are searching for spiritual meaning like never before.
They are searching for ‘friends in high places’!
Elisha had ‘friends in high places’. We heard about them earlier this morning in our Scripture reading. Listen again to verses 15-17.
2KI 6:15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?" the servant asked. 16 "Don’t be afraid," the prophet answered. (I’ve got ‘friends in high places’, he goes on to say) "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." 17 And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (NIV)
I would like us to consider those that Elisha had as his ‘friends in high places’ – those known as angels.
Firstly, we need to recognise:
1. INTEREST IN ANGELS IS WIDESPREAD
According to a recent (1994) US Gallup Poll, 72 percent of the respondents believed in angels and another 13 percent did not discount their existence. 85 percent of people surveyed expressed some degree of belief in angels.
Books, magazines, films, stories, talk shows and angel paraphernalia abound. The film ‘City of Angels’ exemplifies this – (HOLD UP CITY OF ANGELS). We are told that this film, starring Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan is about (quote), ‘an angel who gives up heaven to be with the woman he loves’. The little script that goes on the advertising says this, ‘Maggie Rice didn’t believe in angels…until she fell in love with one’.
The extent to which the angel craze is captivating the West is aptly summarised by Newsweek (Dec 27, 1993): ‘Angels are appearing everywhere… those who see angels, talk to them, and put others in touch with them are prized guests on television and radio talk shows. Need inspiration? There are workshops that assist you in identifying early angel experiences or in unleashing your ‘inner angel’. Tired of your old spirit guide? New Age channellers will connect with Michael the Archangel. Have trouble recognising the angels among us? Join an angel focus group.’