Summary: We ought to be glad to tell someone what God has doen for us.
IT AIN’T RIGHT NOT TO TELL IT
2nd Kings 7:5-11
5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go into the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp, behold there was no man there. 6 For the LORD had made the host of the Syrians to hear noise a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, “Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.” 7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight. And left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life. 8 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.. 9 And they said one to another, “We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: If we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household. 10 So they came and called the porter of the city: and they told saying, “We came to the camp of the Syrians, and behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were. 11 And he called the porters; and they told it to the king’s house within.
Thought: Every Christian ought to be glad to tell what the Lord has done for you.
Theme: It ain’t right not to tell it.
This Scripture centers on Four Lepers Who Found Deliverance:
Lepers were outcasts from society; they were shunned by the general population; they were separated from the people of Israel. Under the Law of Moses, lepers were considered unclean and they were required to live outside of the main camp until they were declared clean or healed by the High priest. Under the Law of Moses, God had also prescribed a healing process that would have cleansed these men if they had gone to the High Priest. In Jerusalem they would have found an authorized High Priest who could have helped them, but there was no healing available for them in Samaria. These four were truly helpless and hopeless. As lepers they would have been stoned to death if they tried to enter the city; as lepers, they received no help and no assistance from anyone inside the city; they could not even go to the temple because in the city of Samaria, there was no temple of the Lord and there was no High Priest to go to for the healing that might have received.
In the Bible, leprosy is a “type” that represents “sin”; and it works the same way sin works; it starts from the inside where no one can see it and it eventually works its way to the outside where its effects are revealed to everyone. As sinners or “lepers” before God, we ourselves were cut off, that is separated from God. Ephesians 2:12 reminds us that at one time we
“Were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.
Like these four lepers all of us were the children of wrath, that is, on each of us rested in the white-hot and never ending fire of God’s anger until we were saved, until we were delivered by the grace of God through the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The blood of Jesus has washed us and cleansed us from all unrighteousness and restored us to God. Thank God we have a Savior and His name is Jesus!!!!
Some of us have short memories. We forget that just a few short years or months or weeks or days ago, we were first rate sinners with no hope and no chance to see God. Now that we are saved, we conveniently forget what we were and how we lived before Jesus came into my life. Like fat cats in the milk of plenty, we have swept away from our minds the days and nights of our sojourn in sin. How often do any of us remember what it was like when we knew not the Lord nor were obedient to His commandments? How many of us can go back through the tunnel of time and recall what life was like when we were strangers and alienated from the household of faith; how many of us are willing to remember what we were like when we were dedicated sinners? As we read the Scripture for this message, how many of us can relate to these four lepers, these four outcasts, these four helpless and hopeless men whom God rescued from death, hell and the grave? How many times have found ourselves in the same position as these four children of Israel who were locked out of the city of God? How many times have we experienced the deliverance of God? But more important, how many times have we shared our good news with some body who needs some good news?