3 Oct. 2 Kings 6:8-23

3 Oct.  Elisha uses a word of knowledge to warn King Joram

“The king of Aram was at war with Israel. He had a council meeting with his officers and said, ‘I will set up my camp in this place.’ Elisha, the man of God, sent a message to the king of Israel, saying, ‘Be careful! Don’t pass that place because the Arameans are going down there!’”

“The king of Israel checked the place about which Elisha had warned him. Elisha warned him several times, so the king protected himself there. The king of Aram was angry about this. He called his officers together and demanded, ‘Tell me who of us is working for the king of Israel.’”

“One of the officers said, ‘None, my master and king. It’s Elisha, the prophet from Israel. He can tell you what you speak in your bedroom.’ The king said, ‘Go and find him so I can send men and catch him.’ The servants came back and reported, ‘He is in Dothan.’ Then the king sent horses, chariots and many troops to Dothan. They arrived at night and surrounded the city.”

“Elisha’s servant got up early, and when he went out, he saw an army with horses and chariots all around the city. The servant said to Elisha, ‘Oh, my master, what can we do?’ Elisha said, ‘Don’t be afraid. The army that fights for us is larger than the one against us.’ Then Elisha prayed, ‘LORD, open my servant’s eyes, and let him see.’ The LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

“As the enemy came down towards Elisha, he prayed to the LORD, ‘Make these people blind.’ So he made the Aramean army blind, as Elisha had asked. Elisha said to them, ‘This is not the right road or the right city. Follow me and I’ll take you to the man you are looking for.’ Then Elisha led them to Samaria.”

“After they entered Samaria, Elisha said, ‘LORD, open these men’s eyes so they can see.’ So the LORD opened their eyes, and the Aramean army saw that they were inside the city of Samaria!”

“When the king of Israel saw the Aramean army, he said to Elisha, ‘My father, should I kill them? Should I kill them?’ Elisha answered, ‘Don’t kill them. You wouldn’t kill people whom you captured with your sword and bow. Give them food and water, and let them eat and drink and then go home to their master.’”

“So he prepared a great feast for the Aramean army. After they ate and drank, the king sent them away, and they went home to their master. The soldiers of Aram did not come any more into the land of Israel.”

          (2 Kings 6:8-23)

 

 

In 848BC, Israel and Aram (Damascus) were at war again. Elisha used a God-given word of knowledge to warn Israel’s King Joram of the King of Aram’s movements.

Ben-Hadad of Aram was furious that Joram had not fallen into his trap, and suspected that someone within his close circle had betrayed the Aramean army’s movements. One of his officers, however, told the king that it was not them who had warned King Joram, but it was the prophet Elisha: “He can tell you what you speak in your bedroom.” (2 Kings 6:12)

Ben-Hadad then sent his army to capture Elisha at Dothan. As the enemy approached, Elisha prayed to the LORD and the Syrian soldiers were struck blind. Elisha led them to Samaria, the stronghold of the Israelite army.

When King Joram saw the Aramean army, he asked Elisha if he should destroy them. But Elisha told him to spare them and to give them food and water. So they were well treated before being released and sent home to Aram.

The photo (by Bukvoed) shows ancient remains at the site of Samaria.

You can read more about Israel’s wars with Aram @ https://thebiblejourney.org/biblejourney2/32-the-divided-kingdom-amp-journey-into-exile/elisha-displays-spiritual-gifts/


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