Summary: This message with the reality that our world is under siege by the enemy. Christians have found salvation and treasure that comes with the responsibility to share with a captive world.
Sermon Request: Healed Lepers in a Starving World
Some time later, Ben-Hadad king of Aram mobilized his entire army and marched up and laid siege to Samaria. 25 There was a great famine in the city; the siege lasted so long that a donkey’s head sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a quarter of a cab of seed pods for five shekels.
Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die? 4 If 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.” At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans. When they reached the edge of the camp, no one was there, 6 for 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!” 7 So 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.
The men who had leprosy reached the edge of the camp, entered one of the tents and ate and drank. Then they took 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.
Then they said to each other, “What we’re doing is not 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.”
We live in a world under siege by the enemy.
• How a siege worked in bible times
• How we are under siege today
• Our government
• The athletic field
• The big screen
• Our community
• Our schools
• Our homes
• Our church
Starving people will eat anything
• God doesn’t belong in our society
• All faiths are the same
• The American dream is all that matters
• The unborn do not matter
• You should be able to marry whoever you want
Christians are lepers (As seen by the world)
• Narrow minded
Christians have been given life changing treasure
• Forgiveness and Grace
Christians have a responsibility to a world under siege
• Trust God completely
• Proclaim good news
• Share the riches of Christ