2 Kings 6:24-33 and 7:1-20… The story… Ben-hadad (which means “son of the shouter”) besieged a city. He is a type of the devil besieging the people of God and trying to destroy them by cutting off an abundant supply. There was a great famine in the land. God’s people were behind walls; walls can protect but they also confine. The people feared the enemy and they feared reaching out.
In spite of the fact that a lot of churches are filling up, there is still a famine in our land, a famine of the anointed word. The word is getting into people’s heads but not into their hearts. There is no famine of preaching, no famine of writing, no famine of sermons, and no famine of seminars and conferences, but it’s only the anointed word that is full of living power (Hebrews 4:12; John 6:33).
Signs of famine… 2 Kings 6:25-33… “And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver” (v. 25, KJV). People were a buying donkey’s head for food. This stands for religious stupidity and stubbornness (Psalm 32:9). There are a lot of things going on in religious circles today that can be classified as stupidity. People were also buying dove’s dung. The dove is a type of the Holy Spirit. The dung represents the residue of the dove or that which the Holy Spirit has rejected. Preachers are buying and selling religious literature that the Holy Spirit has rejected. It’s not God’s will that His people live on religious junk food. They were also eating the flesh of a woman’s son. This stands for the spirit of devouring one another. Notice some words in our passage: “If the Lord do not help thee, whence shall I help thee?” (v. 27). Note also, “What should I wait for the Lord any longer?” (v. 33). This attitude leads to the works of the flesh. They also sought to kill Elisha. Killing the preacher-prophet will not solve the problem of famine. This is not the way to God’s abundance. Let’s take a look at a few points in this passage from 1 Kings…
Elisha gives a prophetic word… 2 Kings 7:1… “Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, Tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria” (KJV). There will never be abundance until God speaks. The message simply put is, “There will be abundance, and your situation will change suddenly.” God’s word gives hope, restores, and builds faith. There will always be increase when God speaks. It seems today that our generation has become the slop bucket of six thousand years of sin. Yet, out of this generation God is going to take a generation of people who will manifest the glory of God (Zechariah 10:1-6).
Negative faith… 2 Kings 7:2… “Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof” (KJV). An advisor to the king gives a negative answer to Elisha’s prophetic word. He was saying, “It’s impossible.” Had he lost faith? Was he confessing that God couldn’t do what he said He would do? Had he caved in, in his spirit? Was he depressed or burned out? Leaders need to believe, as Abraham believed in Romans 4:18-25. Abraham did not stagger or waver in unbelief at the word of the Lord. He was fully persuaded that God would do what he said He would do. Are you persuaded that God would do what He said He would do? This negative leader mentioned in verse 2 was trampled to death under the feet of those who rushed to received God’s abundance.
The amazing lepers… 2 Kings 7:3-10… “And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?” (v. 3, KJV). Here were four hungry outcasts saying, “Why sit we here until we die?” God chose four rejects. The church didn’t want them, and neither did society. Listen, saints, many of you will sit and die in your churches because you have no faith. The Lord will bypass many who seem to think they are leaders of what God is saying and doing in the earth today. Are you feeling that you are an outcast? God wants to use you to start a revival. The harvest abundance waits for you. What makes people outcasts? God doesn’t make outcasts, people do. Many people need to repent of the attitude of “God can’t use me because I once did this or that.” Jeremiah 30:17 teaches that God welcomes outcasts. “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after” (KJV). The four lepers took the attitude of, “I’m hungry, and I’m dissatisfied.” These are not words of rebellion but of wanting God’s abundance.
They arose in the twilight (2 Kings 7:5-7). It wasn’t fully dark yet. They took a step of faith and found that the enemy had fled. Remember, Ben-hadad was a shouter. He fled, however, because God shouted (vv. 6-7). When the lepers stepped out in faith in the twilight, God stepped into the same twilight. The enemy ran in that same twilight. Often, God cannot do anything until His people step out in faith. God brings us to a point of desperation in order to challenge our faith. He does not do it to hurt us, but to bring us to abundance. These four made a decision to walk towards God’s abundance. It was God who shouted and scared off the devil. Saints, shout with God, not with Ben-hadad. These four returned to testify. They shouted, “There is abundance for the people of God.” It’s available now.
The rest of the story tells of a certain skepticism, but not for long. People will recognize the genuine word. It was the leadership that was skeptical of the outcast’s word, not those who were hungry for God’s abundance. The abundance is there, saints. Shout it out. Shout the power of God. Don’t just sit and die. Go and see and partake of the abundance reserved for you. Shout for God and not for the devil.
Pastor George Belobaba
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