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Summary: Elisha was in rough situations, but was still God’s man in the midst of it all. We, too, represent God during different but challenging times.

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Serving God During Dark Times

(2 Kings 6:24-7:20)

1. Today I am resuming the tradition of ethnic jokes I began a while ago. Many ethnicities make fun of their neighboring nations as not being too bright.

2. Two Belgians are driving a truck and arrive at a bridge with a warning sign: maximum height 4 meters. They get off and measure their truck. It’s 6 meters high.

– What shall we do? asks the one.

– I don’t see any police, says the other one, so let’s drive on

3. How about a Swedish joke?

Ole (Norwegian) and Sven (Swedish) went on a fishing trip to Canada and come back with only three fish. Ole says,

– The way I figger it, Sven, each of them fish cost us $400 !

– Well, at dat price it’s a good ting we didn’t catch any more of em than we did, says Sven. [source: europeisnotdead.com]

4. The Syrians, aka, Aramaeans, looked down on the Israelites. As a matter of fact, whenever you abuse someone or some group, instead of feeling bad, you usually think they deserved it because they are inferior. This is a documented human attitude. We tend to make ourselves look justified.

Today’s text stands in contrast to last week’s. In the previous passage, God intervened in a timely fashion; many times He doesn’t intervene at all. In today’s texts, we see an example of God intervening in a delayed fashion, in time for most but not for all.

Main Idea: Elisha was in rough situations, but was still God’s man in the midst of it all. We, too, represent God during different but challenging times.

I. God Can Place Us in DIFFICULT Situations and Eras for a Reason (6:24-7:20).

A. Severe famine because of a SEIGE by the Syrians (6:24-25).

B. The King of Israel FAULTS Elisha (6:26-33).

C. Elisha makes prophetic PREDICTIONS (7:1-2).

D. God uses four LEPERS as scouts to deliver the people of Samaria (7:3-15).

E. Elisha’s prophecies are FULFILLED (7:16-20).

We, too, represent God during different but challenging times.

II. How This Event CONTRASTS and Compares with the Previous Event (6:8-23)

A. The Syrians were fed at the expense of Israel, now Israel is fed at the expense of the SYRIANS.

B. The King of Syria was out to get Elisha, here the King of ISRAEL is out to get him.

C. In both instances, the Syrians are ROUTED without a fight.

D. In the first account, Elisha and his servant SEE the horses and chariots of fire; here, the Syrians probably HEAR God’s army.

We, too, represent God during different but challenging times.

III. What Are Some LESSONS We Can Learn from this Account?

A. God has always allowed His children to go through really BAD times.

1. There are times where we struggle with depression.

2. There are times when we want to retreat from life & cower in a corner.

3. Illness, rejection, relational/financial/emotional stresses, tragedies, losses…

4. Sometimes it gets worse. Man sold only one dress. Next day none. 3rd worse.

B. God intervenes in His TIME, not ours!

• Sometimes blessing are on the way, right at hand — even in bleakest times.

• We have a saying, “It is always darkest before the dawn.”

• Often true, but often is not the same as always.


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