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02/17/2014

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Learning From The Lepers


"We're not doing right. This a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves" (2 Kings7:9a).

The setting for today's verse was in the days of the prophet Elisha. The king of Syria had orchestrated a siege against Samaria, and as a result, a great famine fell over the land. Enter the four lepers. They decided to leave the city and turn themselves over to the Arameans, but when they got to their camp it was deserted. The Arameans had fled in haste, but left food, drink, gold, and silver behind. The lepers ate and drank until they were filled and moved from tent to tent, taking the gold, silver and clothing away and hiding them. Today's verse finds the lepers coming to their senses... They had just splurged in their new-found riches, but upon reflection, they knew they needed to tell others about what they had found. "If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Lets go at once and report this to the royal palace" (V9b). If you wish, you can read the rest of the story... There is a valuable lesson that we can learn from the four lepers, in particular when they said; "this is a day of good news...." The famine then was a lack of food and drink, but today's famine is often related to the problem of sin. The apostle Paul tells us that "all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory" (Rom.3:23). Yet a few chapters later we find that God provides the free gift of salvation... "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (6:23). In the days of the lepers, there was plenty of food in the Syrian camp, and now there is an abundance of spiritual blessings in Christ. Just as the lepers found what they needed, now it is the Christian who finds the joy of salvation. Hopefully the similarity does not stop here! The lepers knew what was right, and shared the good news with others. They knew it was wrong to keep silent and that punishment would overcome them if they did not share the good news. We are living in the age of God's good news... Are we willing to share it as the lepers did? More on this tomorrow....

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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