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2 Kings 6: 8 - 23 HELP... WE'RE SURROUNDED.

In June 1920, the people of Shansi, China were warned that bandits were coming. One lady missionary within the village was responsible for a mission school for about forty girls. She said, "The Lord in His mercy spared us and our school of girls". "No wonder", the villagers replied, "you see on the corners of your compound walls, standing on guard, we saw four angels with drawn swords in their hands."

Ps 34:7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them

Dothan was a small village, unwalled and unguarded about twenty miles from Samaria.

And in the night, the Syrian bands came with horses and chariots, and surrounded the city on every side. Elisha's servant saw the army about their village and thought the end had come.

He rushed into his masters presence and cried, "Alas my master, how shall we do" (6:15) Moffat, "Whatever shall we do" In effect he was saying, "Help... we're surrounded".

1. THE FORCE DISCERNED 8 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp.

When the Christian has power and peace restored, "Then the King of Syria warred ". (6:8)

The Syrian King Ben-hadad had proved to be a constant irritant to Israel.

Frequent border raids were mounted on Jordan's territory in Northern Israel.

(a) THE HOSTILITY OF THE ENEMY: 8 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel.

Was it not to this very king that Israel had rendered a remarkable favour in the salvation and healing of Naaman

There must be a continual realisation that we are at war and the enemy is hostile and wicked!

Paul exhorts Timothy to "endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ". (2 Tim 2:3)

He encourages the Ephesian believers to put on the whole armour of God! (Eph 6:11)

(b) THE STRATEGY OF THE ENEMY: 8 and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp.

Ben-hadad avoided open attack. His plan was to set ambushes in unexpected places, and so cut off his enemy by stratagems and wiles! (6:8)

But Elisha, knew his plans, so the armies of the Syrian King were continually thwarted!

Paul says: "we are not ignorant of his devices". (2 Cor 2:11)

Victor Hugo said: "A good General must penetrate the brain of his enemy."

Chinese proverb "If you know yourself and your adversary clearly, then in a hundred battles you will win a hundred times."

The Devil works Through evil speaking: (James 4:11) through doubt: (Gen 3:1) through false teaching: (2 Tim 4:3) through an unequal yoke: (2 Cor 6:14) through impurity: (1 Cor 6:13) through discouragement (Num 21:4)

(c) THE TENDENCY OF THE ENEMY: 13 And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.

Satan's aim and objective is to attack the " key men" Men who are getting in Satan's way: men who are winning souls: men who are Spirit-filled, leaders who have influence!

2. THE FEAR DISPELLED 15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?

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