Spiritual Reflection 2
by Elizabeth Allphin
1) Analysis of 2 Kings 6:24-7:20
The main theme of this passage is the show that the Lord’s ways shall prevail. As a prophet, Elisha said what he meant and meant what he said...however the king and his men were not able to understand. Once the lepers showed their righteousness, displaying their effort without a covetous heart, they were rewarded for their courageous and unselfish start. Those who did not fear the Lord, were trampled on due to their hard heart and firm regard. Ultimately, leading to the absolute conclusion, that the Lord’s ways were required with no confusion.
Siege of Samaria
1. Benhadad sieges Syria (v. 6:24)
2. Great famine in Samaria (v. 6:25)
3. Conversation between the king of Israel and the woman (v. 26)
4. The woman’s plans to eat her son (v. 6:27-29)
5. Then king has sackcloth (v. 6:30)
6. The son of Shaphat (v. 6:31)
7. Elisha and the elders, growing impatient on the Lord (vv. 6:32-33)
B. Elisha Promises Food
1. Elisha speaks of selling food in Samaria (v 7:1-2)
C. The Syrians Flee
1. The leprous men (v. 7:3)
2. Famine and the Syrians (v. 7:4)
3. They rose up to the camp of the Syrians (v. 7:7)
4. The lepers come to the camp (v. 7:8-9)
5. The king’s house (v. 7:11)
6. The men go to ravage the city (v. 7:12-7:16)
7. The man dies by being trod upon (v. 7:17)
8. The measure of barley (v. 7:18)
9. Thou shall see it but not eat (v. 7:19)
10. The man dies (v. 7:20)
2) Big Picture:
The generalized consensus of these passages are useful in regards to the very nature of what the rulership of Ben-Hadad exemplified. During his time period of reign, there were many tensions between territories to extract resources. During the second war spoken of between Ben-Hadad and king of Aram, there is a significantly more serious issue with the lack of food supply. One woman, whose son has died (however it’s not specified) has resorted to eating her son as a meal. This being the case, Jehoram affirms that the truth is only exemplified and obtained through the act of waiting on the Lord for deliverance through the humbling of oneself and wearing of sackcloth.
After growing impatient, the king is unwilling to wait any longer for the Lord to act in regard to the dispute between him and the woman. He then gets upset with Elisha and wants to “remove his head from his shoulders”. He then threatens to make a donkey of God’s prophet. Fortunately, Elisha is able to be forewarned and escapes such an event. Then promises that the gates of Samaria will be “back in business “ in no time. There is skepticism but the miracle that occurs is amazing, however, the unbelieving officer refuses to eat. The men who have leprosy are sent to the city where they are able to ward off the Arameans who end up fleeing and abandoning their possessions. The lepers prove their dignity by deciding to do the “right” thing by reporting the events to the city gatekeepers.
Jehoram doesn’t trust the news but sends men to see what is going on. The ones who had no faith were trampled on by their efforts to gather food. The ones who were able to escape judiciously and wisely were the lepers who came in patiently and sought to share the blessings with others. This shows that the Lord simply hands what is due to his children. They just had to wait for the appropriate time. However, for those who rush, much will be at stake. In conclusion, it was those who had less, who were considered less, who received a true blessing. This proves that the Lord wills those who have faith and rewards those with much grace.
3) Spiritual Reflection: 3-4 paragraphs
I believe that there are many things to show from this biblical passage that we can just merely get into. In regards of the act that we are left with nothing to hold on to when we leave this world, we must be cognizant that the Lord is in charge of each and every one of us. We are supposed to be in light of his amazing ways, but when we walk in haste, we receive nothing but waste. I believe that as a sole survivor of war, one must look at the world in a different light. Those in this time period were very apt to look at things in a different manner. I love how the Lord uses prophets like Elisha to show how to deliver. When the men did not believe, God came through. Showing just how much he wanted to show love through and through.
We all know that the wisdom of the world is useless, see? So, if we are to walk most judiciously, we must first take on his mind and agree. The act of deliverance and sackcloth is most definitely a way in which one could get back to the Lord’s ways. I find it influential when one does this such as the king. However, it’s very easy to grow impatient, and as a result there was a knock at the door. The Lord deemed it inappropriate to bring blessings to the men. However, he wanted to first show them in the palm of his hand.
The woman who was starving, being forced to inappropriate means, was most definitely not looking up from the Lord God almighty. What looks as though it was a desperate measure, she must have been quite repugnant to have devoured. Which brings me to the fact that we as American, need to be completely filled with all thankfulness. When we walk in the Lord’s ways, such as the leper, we can see straight within truth without needing deliverance. As a result, what we want, is sweetly just delivered.
The men who had doubt, were trampled from their pout. Which is why we must realize that the exact opposite is what must come about. The Lord has a way to bring all things to light, without much can he truly prune us to our divine accomplished night. I love how the story ends; through the wickedness did they not see what he truly wanted. Perhaps, one day they will be able to come back to the world and live the right way righteously. When we do all things in solitude, we receive what we need. The lepers were able to see eternity, through suffering, which meant they only received what they need quite sparingly. Elisha was right and brought the truth to light.
Provan, Iain W. 1 and 2 Kings. New International Biblical Commentary, Old Testament Series 7. (also published as Understanding the Bible Commentary Series). Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1995. ISBN 978-1565630536