2 Kings 6 – STEADY AGAINST THE FOE
Life of Elisha, The Steady Prophet #7 of 9
As Christians, we will have enemies for the sake of Christ. 2 Timothy 3:12, John 15:19
How we deal with our enemies will be an indication of how closely we are walking with God.
Enemies tend to scare us, but God wants us to be fearless before them. Proverbs 3:5-6, 29:25
The prophet Elijah was fearless before his enemies. We can learn from his example.
HIS PROBLEM WAS CAUSED BY RIGHTEOUSNESS – Vss. 8-14
Elisha was sharing Syria’s war plans with the King of Israel. Elisha’s knowledge came from God.
When the King of Syria discovered that Elisha was doing this, he became Elisha’s enemy.
He sent soldiers to apprehend him.
Elisha got in trouble for doing what was right. We need to realize that when we do what is right, we will also make enemies. We must make sure however that we are doing what is right. 1 Peter 2:19-20, 3:16-17, 4:15-16
HIS PROTECTION CAME FROM GOD – Vss. 15-17
Elisha was not upset because he knew God was protecting him. He asked God to show his servant the great heavenly host that had them protected.
We must remember that God has promised to protect us and He is able to take care of us even through “impossible” circumstances. Isaiah 41:10, 1 John 4:4, Hebrews 2:13-14, Jeremiah 32:27
HIS PRAYERS CLIMAXED IN VICTORY – Vs. 18
Elisha’s prayer that his enemies would become blind was answered. This prayer did not result in permanent difficulty for his enemies, but enabled him to be delivered from their power.
We must trust that God will answer our prayers. Luke 18:1, James 5:16-18
HIS PLAN CALLED FOR LOVE – Vss. 19-23
Elijah “blessed” his enemies feeding them and sending them home in peace.
Our Lord Jesus expects us to act in like fashion. Matthew 5:43-48, Romans 12:18-21
The end result of the kindness Elisha showed was a cessation of raids made on Israel’s towns.