Summary: Spiritual blindness is nothing new. What is it like to live with opened eyes, fully seeing God’s magnificent gifts for our lives?
THE PASTOR’S POINTS
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CEDAR LODGE BAPTIST CHURCH
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June 22, 2003
17Then Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!" The LORD opened his servant’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. 2 Kings 6:17 (NLT)
When it comes to movies, anything set in the Victorian era gets my attention. I have watched "Kate and Leopold " (Miramax Films) several times. Leopold is a duke, snatched out of 1876 to the present by a would-be inventor who finds a "crack in time" to travel back and forth.
It is a hilarious situation. The duke is awed by 21st century New York City with its automobiles, televisions, telephones and elevators (which the duke himself invents after he returns to his own time),. The not-so-successful inventor is my hero. Nobody understands or appreciates him. Through an accident he winds up in the hospital, and talking about time-travel lands him in the psyche ward. The hospital shrink incarcerates as a lunatic the only one who can get Leopold back to his own time.
Out of frustration my hero, the inventor, begins talking to one of the nurses about his plight. She listens intently and is drawn into the story. With a sadness and resignation he explains to his audience of one his private epic tale of being misunderstood. He says, "It’s like being a dog that has seen a rainbow. A dog can describe to all the other dogs the beauty and splendor of this colorful heavenly display. But they don’t believe him. Dogs are colorblind. They can’t see rainbows, so they don’t believe him."
In some ways we are like colorblind dogs in spiritual matters. There is so much all around that God wants for us to see of His kingdom and His will; we stare right through the best of it because we are spiritually blind.
Now, spiritual blindness did not just appear in our day; it has been around for a long time. Centuries before the birth of Christ, the enemies of Israel were the Assyrians. The king of Assyria wanted to conquer Israel. God wouldn’t let that happen, so He kept giving prophetic insight about Assyria’s plans to a prophet named Elisha. (This was the same Elisha who had served as prophet-apprentice to Elijah). Elisha would warn the king of Israel, and at each attack, Syria’s army would be routed. Elisha had become a major pain to the king of Assyria.
When the king found out his losses were Elisha’s doing he put a price on the prophet’s head and laid plans to capture him. This was the ancient equivalent of putting enemy faces on a deck of cards, except there was just one face on the whole deck - Elisha! The king made only one mistake…Elisha really wasn’t his enemy, God was! The conflict was not going to be much of a contest.
Dothan (about 60 miles north of Jerusalem near Megiddo, where the final conflict on earth will someday take place) was Elisha’s retreat. As the night fell the prophet and his servant lay down in relative security. (So they thought!)